April 8th, 2013
Like many other Glass Explorers, I’m excited to get my hands (and head) on glass. My mind is spinning with all the ways that I would like to try to use it in my teaching. Here’s a list of the first five ways that I plan to use glass to teach science.
First-Person Lab Tutorials
Using glass will allow me to make instructional videos while freeing up my hands. This means that I can create videos from a first-person point of view showing my students how to use lab equipment or perform complex procedures. In my online classes, I can even create videos of the data collection process and allow students to record the data and perform their own analysis as if they were right there.
Experiential Science Videos
I see physics everywhere I look… and with glass, my students will be able to see it too. From diffraction patterns in a small creek to standing waves on a length of chain – anytime I see an opportunity to demonstrate a science principle, I will be able to record and share it with my students. Going a step further, I hope to share my glass with some scientist friends and ask them to record some aspects of their day-to-day work.
Students often learn well when learning from their peers. I hope to pass the glass to my students and ask them to make first-person videos explaining content or giving helpful hints on surviving and thriving in our school. Hopefully we will be able to build a library of videos for new students ranging from “How to open your locker” all the way up to “How to get into college.”
Personal Organization and Memory Assistant
Rather than scattering Post-It notes all over my desk, or riffling through a bunch of papers to find the one page I was looking for, I’ll use glass as a personal organization and memory assistant. Taking pictures of the items I need to remember will allow me to more quickly find exactly the information I’m looking for later on.
In my online teaching, I intend to use glass to help students one-on-one with their school work. Through a “hangout” I will be able to show the student how I work through a problem, answering any questions or correcting any errors as we meet together virtually.
(The next five to round out the top ten will be coming soon.)