How to afford a Math Studio

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1.Use the book & tutorials for Whiteboard Movie Creation & Production (see Tutorials) to discover how to create and produce whiteboard movies.
2.Buy a 4" x 5" or 6"x8" graphics tablet for between $50 and $100 and a headset with a microphone for between $10 and $50 and then use the annotation software that came with your board, or InterWrite Workspace, or SMART Notebook software, NotateIt, or the Windows freebie Microsoft NetMeeting Whiteboard to make your first Whiteboard Movies.  See Tools for more details about tablets, software, etc.  Make sure you follow the licensing requirements to use InterWrite Workspace or SMART Notebook.
3.Download and use the 30-day trial version of TechSmith Camtasia Studio to record and produce your Whiteboard Movies.
4.Train at least one student how to create and produce movies using the LIVE Method. Ask this student to train more students, so you won't have to spend so much individual instruction time.
5.Have students create & produce WBMs.
6.Produce movies, then upload to the web and/or put them on CD using Camtasia Studio.
7.Give students, parents, and administrators links to movies and/or CDs. Ask for feedback. Publicize your work. Develop some cheerleaders and supporters of your work and your students' work.
8.Go to your school's PTA and ask them for money to buy software/hardware - a good studio for making and producing for four users costs about $1000 ($250 per station). Or ask a few parents to contribute money and/or graphics tablets, headsets or microphones, screen recording software, etc. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how willing parents will be to provide $ or tools for your classroom because they've seen just how excited their sons & daughters are and how much more they learn when they're creating, producing, or sharing Whiteboard Movies.
9.Make more movies.
10.Repeat steps 4-9 as needed.

 

 

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1.Try to create/produce and/or have students create/produce at least 3-4 movies per week in order to build up a portfolio (and increase your skills and thus decrease production time).
2.Develop a team of students and/or teachers to create sets of movies that cover each topic taught at your school.
3.Have students create whiteboard movies to add to their digital portfolios and have them create a web page or a CD with all of these to share with their parents - and possibly your community.
4.Try to get someone to do a story about your work – start with your school's newspaper but then seek out coverage from your local newspaper and television station. Your goal is to bring honor to your school, students, the parents who supported you, and to your own work for making all of this possible. This is what Mary Moore did in Richland, Washington and both the newspaper and the TV station came out to report on their work

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