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Think About ‘Recording’ – part 1: Use Case of Video Capture Cart

Friday, October 31st, 2014

videocaptureThe video capture cart equipped in the digital language classrooms has been used by various instructors this quarter.  Many classes in the different level, from Advanced EFS classes to Beginning Hebrew class, have been capturing the student’s presentation with the video capture cart.  Some class conduct the speech or presentation twice a quarter.  Other classes may record more (every 2 weeks or so).

The general approach of recording with the video capture cart follows the following process.

  • The instructor record the student’s presentation and upload the file to the drop-box in the Coursework
  • The instructor provide the feedback to each video file following
  • The students will review the feedback to improve their next presentation.

A beginning Hebrew class, for  example, conduct the student speech (5-7 minutes) every 2 weeks or so and the student cover the content of the chapters that they studied.  The speech is recorded and uploaded for the students to review the feedback from the instructor.  Also, in the end of the quarter, the content of the speech will be comprehensive, which requires the students to go back to review all the speeches they have completed.  The recording files can be a part of ‘e-portfolio’ for the students and instructor to see the progress.

Other instructor also recorded the discussion/debate by students in the class.  In this case, instead of uploading the file to the drop-box in the CourseWork, the instructor can upload the file under ‘Materials’ in the Coursework in which all students can view the file.

I believe one of the most important aspect of this activity is that it allows the instructors to assess the student’s progress as well as the students to reflect their performance.  To make this process effective, the instructor’s feedback and the instruction for the students to review and reflect the recording is significantly important.


Whiteboard “TeamBoard” in the language lab classrooms

Monday, October 27th, 2014

One of the common features equipped in the digital language lab classrooms is the TeamBoard.    This screen board allows us to write on with dry erase makers.


Another function which the Teamboard has is to be functioned as an interactive whiteboard using the tools such as Microsoft Ink Tool in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.  The TeamBoard is connected to the wall-mounted projector and it will project the display of the instrcutor’s machines in the classroom.

When you open a document in Word or PowerPoint and touch the board, the ink tool tab will appear in the application (The image below is the Microsoft Ink Tool Tab in Microsoft Word).  You will select the tool to draw the line or highlight  in the document.


Other annotation or drawing tools can also be used for this interactive whiteboard, for example, the annotation and drawing makeup tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro X or simple Adobe Photoshop and so forth.

Adobe Acrobat Annotation Tool

Adobe Acrobat Drawing Makeups









Whether you use the dry erase markers or Ink tools, the primary function of the screen board is to write.  However, the major difference between the two is that the interactive annotation and drawing tool allow us to save the drawings in document.  Therefore, the interactive whiteboard can be beneficial for the activities which involves the instructor’s feedback to the student work, for example.  The Ink Tool can be used for instructors to provide the feedback to student’s paper  in word document or research presentation in powerpoint slide (memo, highlight, underlines…etc).  For example, an EFS class uses the TeamBoard annotation and drawing to provide the feedback to student’s papers.  The feedback from the instructor will be saved in the document.  Then, the students will be revising their work following the feedback.

New Language Lab Facilitites in Lathrop – Oct 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The images of the drop-in area and the classroom and instructor’s meeting spaces.

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For the detail, please visit the language lab website


Interactive Whiteboard and Interactive Projectors

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The smart classroom in Language Lab is equipped with SmartBoard Interactive Whiteboard.  We also have the Interactive Projector in Multimedia Studio area.  Both of them can be used for variety of activities such as annotation and collaboration incorporating the special interactive features of the products.

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I have explored both SmartBoard interactive whiteboard and Epson interactive projector (Epson BrightLink series).  Software needs to be installed for both products to use the handwriting feature.

Both products have the feature of hand-writing, which provides us the great deal of annotation.  The handwriting is possible within the application such as Microsoft word or on the browser windows.

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They can be saved as an image (Smartboard) or PDF (BrightLink projector).  They also have the ability to take the photo of the build-in camera to be incorporated into the notebook application.

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The difference between the two products, in terms of software functions and so forth, is pretty subtle in current setting in my opinion.  The hardware setting is a little bit different between the two.  The Smartboard has bigger size and probably more expensive and it is mounted on the wall as you can see.  The interactive projector is mounted on the table and the projection size is a little bit smaller, compared to the Smartboard, although the screen resolution can be modified by the set-up.  Considering the set-up, the Smartboard is used for classroom setting and the interactive projector can be used for small group collaboration or one-on-one tutoring.



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Friday, November 8th, 2013

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