A teacher responding to a young student: “No, I am not available as a downloadable podcast.”
Well, I am! I made my first podcasts for an online Developmental Math Course I was developing and teaching five years ago. Made them in the comfort of my own office (and in my comfy pi’s), on my MacBook Pro using Screenflow and Clarisworks Paint which allowed me to open multiple blank pages, and a Wacom tablet. I produced a podcast for each Chapter section and posted them on our university’s iTunes University site. Instructors are still using them; I just need to update the page numbers for the new edition. A clerk at our local K-Mart heard my voice and asked if I was Mrs. Wedig. She used the podcasts and shared them with her children. A celebrity with a Texas drawl in the making! Sitting on my desk is my new SmartPen which I will use to make PenCasts for my online math classes. We have a collection of TI graphing calculators, 82, 83, 84, 85, and I downloaded the Inspire App on my iPad. We were fortunate to have a progressive Math department chair in Texas who took advantage of TI’s school partnerships back in the early 90’s. My children, both engineers, gave me a new TI 84+ Color calculator for Christmas. Now they want one! I use my iPad and MacBook Pro in the music studio to record and arrange music played on my Roland digital keyboard (own three Rolands!). At NMSU Alamogordo we use math textbooks that can be bundled with online homework apps. In fact, I now have an app on my iPad that takes me directly to the College Algebra text. I learned to design a Website for our business using ClarisWorks and posted pictures taken with one of the first digital cameras. Now I use my iPhone and apps to take pictures and share with family and friends and post on our new website. In 2013 we cancelled our subscription to cable TV and now watch programs using our AppleTV. Today I created a YouTube channel for our math department so we can post videos for our students. And what would we do without the calendar that syncs on all our Apple devices. I just recently joined the local library so I could download e-books and audiobooks which I listen to in my VW that is equipped with a Media plug-in.
Retire – Never! The classroom keeps me in the “tech loop”. Students, faculty, technology staff, presenters at conferences…always sharing how to use technology both in the classroom and at home. And, I am having a grand time learning and using all of it.
Here is a link to the smarten that my husband and I use: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/