A Revolution in Education
From the feedback during the meeting in October, it seems that a lot of people like the Saturday meeting time. I realize that there is no perfect time, but I'd still like to get some feedback about the meetings and times. Please go to the SBRGVUG Survey (not active yet) and provide your ideas and preferences for meeting content and times.
Since this is supposed to be a global user group, I do want to make the times somewhat friendly for European and Australian members to attend live, at least every other meeting. Or maybe we try to do the same meeting twice with Western Hemisphere friendly times and Eastern Hemisphere friendly times. I don't know the answer to this yet. The survey will allow you to give your opinion on the issue. For now:
SMART Board Revolution Global Virtual User Group November Meeting
When: Saturday, November 6, 2011
Time: 8:00 am CT; 13:00 UT
I know that is a little early for the West Coast members, but it does make it much more available for European and Australian members. The next meeting will be at a better time for west coast members.
Registration: Member Levi Patrick has set up a meeting room for us at http://k20alt.ou.edu/groups/smartboardrevolution. It uses adobe connect to run the meeting.
Let me first say that the platform rocked! Thanks, Levi. This will be the platform of choice from now on. Sorry that I am a little hard to hear at times. I have been fighting a cold and loss of voice. So the voice was struggling a bit today.
Harvey had a great presentation of John Medina's Brain Rules book and how the chapters on long term memory and vision apply to lesson development. Wow! That was great application. I had never thought of it in those terms. Thanks, Harvey! You can find his presentation below. His website is Harvey's Homepage.
I shared a link to a WebQuest I created on the Brain Rules book for a grad class. If you use it, leave feedback so I can make it better.
We looked at the SMART Document Camera 330 and Mixed Reality Tools. It was a brief review of Jen's presentation from last month and how the cube works with the 3d files. We also used SMART Response VE to answer some embedded questions about the document camera. The thing is, we were in anonymous mode, and I closed the file without saving it, so we lost all our results. I wanted those results, so if you wouldn't mind answering this survey, that would be great. Even if you didn't attend or watch the recording, if you have had experience with the Mixed Reality Tools and/or SMART Document Camera 330, please respond to the short survey. I'm collecting data for a project.
I shared a flip and reveal technique and ELL strategies and SMART Tools. I used the strategy of concept attainment to show how you could do that in Notebook and also with the image sort file from the Lesson Activity Toolkit. I also showed a few examples of using the document camera to be able to capture text or images at a moment's notice to boost comprehensibility for the students. Finally, I showed how I use response with them to get them thinking and discussing their thinking.
The chat is always informative as well. Thanks to Heather Lamb and Ian Berg, SMART employes, for attending and answering questions.
The December meeting will be at a better time for NA West Coast members. They would have had to have been up at 6:00 am for today's meeting. But it seems like Saturdays are good for a lot of people. If you would like to give input into meeting content, times, or volunteer to present something, fill out this survey.
Here are some answers to a few questions in the chat that didn't get answered. The answers are from an email I got from Amy Dewis, SMART Product Manager for Doc Cam 330 and Mixed Reality Tools. She says:
"First off, Mixed Reality for Mac will be available in the Notebook 11 release which is coming out in Spring 2012.
If a customer doesn't have a SMART Doc Cam 330, they can buy SMART Notebook 3D Tools starting in January, which is essentially the software part of Mixed Reality. So, there is no doc cam and no cube in 3D Tools, but importing, manipulating 3D objects in Notebook, Enter 3D Scene, Disguise, Labels, etc. is all available through 3D Tools. The price isn't set yet, but I'm trying to make it reasonable!
You had questions about using the Enter 3D Scene feature. I've found that if I'm showing it on my laptop, I can use the arrow keys to move in/out/sideways and use my mouse to point where I'm going. If I'm on the board, I use the bottom set of controls with my left hand to move in/out/sideways and my finger on my right hand on the board instead of the mouse to point where I'm going. I've found that Enter 3D Scene works best with buildings, cityscapes and the like, rather than animals or body parts. There are lots of buildings on the Google 3D Warehouse.
You can manipulate two 3D objects at the same time, but you need 2 different cubes. "Cube 1" comes with the doc cam and you can order "Cube 2" (with a different pattern than Cube 1) separately."