Wait... isn't it wednesday?
So normally you wouldn't hear from me for a few more days, but I received a question from an adjunct faculty member that (if I'm not mistaken) is of interest to a lot of you out there:
The effect you are seeking is typically achieved using a Smartpen. I know that in the past, some departments have been able to fund this kind of technology for instructors, so it's possible that the department might be able to provide one (at least on loan...?). This YouTube video showing several recommended types of smartpens and their features may be of interest to you, especially those that allow you to write on actual paper and then have your images and text be captured electronically. Something like the Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio, at around the 3:40 mark, may be of particular interest because they do not require device-specific paper:
Another option you may want to consider, if you already know that using a document camera works for you, is to ask the college if it is possible to get one on loan to use during this period. All of those cameras are currently sitting unused in classrooms, or it is possible that there might be a couple of spares in reserve that would normally be backups in case the regular classroom equipment were to break down. Try asking your Division Chair if borrowing the equipment to record videos for your class would be a viable option - even if they don't know, they can check with those who DO know.
I like the Joby smartphone tripod (or similar) because the flexible legs allow you to adjust the angle, or to set up the phone to get a better vantage point.
Happy wednesday, everyone!
4/7/2020 08:46:24 am
I use an iPad Pro with an air pencil and the app Vittle Pro ($25 on Mac App Store). It works wonderfully and you won the videos (no uploading to a shared platform). They also have a version for your iPhone (For free or for payment) and both let you Write with your finger!
4/7/2020 01:26:54 pm
This sounds awesome - and I already have the expensive parts (the iPad pro and the Apple pencil)! I'm excited to try it out...
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