Wirecast play will use the built in webcam but it can also use an external webcam or high resolution video camera with the proper connections. This is a sample lesson from my book on Wirecast Play for Live Streaming available on Amazon.
Connecting an external webcam provides flexibility for live streaming events that cannot take place in front of a computer. There are a variety of cameras that can be connected to a computer for use by Wirecast. In this lesson, we will be using a basic webcam from Logitech. I’m using the Logitech C615. The process is the same regardless of the type of camera that is connected. External webcams usually connect to a USB port on the computer. Connect your webcam.
There are ways to connect cameras to a computer that do not connect to a USB port. We will not cover those options in this book. If your external camera can connect to the computer, go ahead and connect it now.
Start Wirecast and look at the Camera Shot thumbnail. Wirecast might automatically connect to the computer’s internal webcam. This is true for Mac computers. Wirecast will always want to connect to the iSight camera.
The applications in iWork have a standard palette of colors used to change the color of fonts, shapes, and even the background color of slides in Keynote. This color palette has a set of 20 solid colors. The other colors are shades of the original colors. Color shades are created by adding black to a color.
The latest update to iWork Pages includes the functionality to include math symbols and operations in a document. To insert math symbols and operations we need to use the LaTeX typesetting markup language. The word LaTeX is pronounced LAH-tek or LAY-tek. This system is used to write documents in plain text format and is often used to format regular text with bold, italics, or justification. This formatting is done with a special set of instructions. The LaTeX code used to generate math symbols and equations is just a small part of what LaTeX does.
We need to learn how to use some simple commands to format math text. There isn’t a set of menu options to help with the instructions like a typical word processor. It brings back memories of the days when we typed all the commands on a computer using a command prompt. It might seem like coding or programming but it’s not. The codes we use change the formatting of text in a document. It is similar to HTML and CSS. In this case, it changes the formatting of letters and numbers to produce math symbols and formulas. The code isn't hard and we can do a great deal with just a few instructions.
In this lesson, we will learn a handful of instructions that can be used to produce basic equations and math problems. We can create more advanced mathematical text with LaTeX but that is beyond the scope of this blog post.
Open Pages and create a new document. Click on the Insert menu option.
Screencastify is a free extension for the Chrome browser. It is used to record the computer's desktop and application. Screencastify will use the microphone that that is part of your computer. We can connect other microphones to the computer. Most microphones can be used by Screencastify. Plug the microphone into the computer USB port before starting the Screencastify extension.
Click on the Screencastify extension and select one of the recording options.
Sphero is a ball shaped robot that can helps teachers teach basic math and science concepts. The robot can be programmed to travel across a surface with a single line of code. With this single line of code, students can learn a variety of science and math concepts. In science, we can teach velocity, acceleration, and force. Students can take measurements in U.S. Standard or in the Metric system. Students can also learn to use formulas to solve problems. This is a lesson taken from my book "Sphero: Coding for STEM".
Velocity is the measure of how fast something is going in terms of distance per time. Velocity is measured in terms of miles per hour or feet per second when talking about Sphero. To calculate the velocity of Sphero we need to know two things. We need to know the time and the distance. We know the time because that has been configured in the code parameter.
The distance needs to be measured. This can be done with a yard stick or measuring tape. It can also be done with string. Students can mark the start and end points of the string. They can then take that string to a meter sick or yard stick that is placed on the wall or other surface. Teachers can help students take the measurement from the string. This can be much easier than trying to measure with rulers and yardsticks if measuring tapes are not available.
Let’s look at an example. To keep things simple let’s say that Sphero travels 6 feet in 3 seconds. In the formula for velocity, we divide distance by time. Divide the distance 6 feet by 3 seconds to get 2 feet per second. This provides a teachable opportunity to discover how velocity changes with the amount of energy provided to Sphero. Change the Speed variable and measure the distance.
There are several ways to select files and folders in the Finder. The method you choose can make the selection process easy and help you accomplish more in less time.
The contiguous selection is when we select two or more files or folders that are next to one another. The files and folders need to be next to one another for selection. Contiguous means near or touching. This means we don’t jump one file or folder to select another file or folder. Selecting files or folders that are not directly next to one another is call non-contiguous. This, of course, means that the files are not near or touching one another.
The screenshot below is an example of contiguous file selection in list view.
We can create a variety of calendars with Google calendars. These calendars can be shared with other individuals or they can be shared with the world through the Internet. Calendars shared with individuals can have permissions granted to them. These permissions include the permission to add or modify events. They can also include the option to share the shared calendar with someone else.
Publicly shared calendars have only one permission. This is the permission to view event details on the calendar. We can provide links to our calendars and share them with the world. We can also embed these calendars in a web page. This makes the calendars easier to browse. Accessing Google Sites takes several clicks using the Google Apps Launcher. Click on the Application launcher, go down and select even more at the bottom of the launcher. This will open a very lengthy page with several other Google applications. In the end it is much easier to go to https://sites.google.com.
Google is transitioning to a very user-friendly version of Google Sites. We will be using the user-friendly version. Click on the New Google Sites link. We won’t be going through all the options available in Google Sites during this lesson. The purpose here is to make our shared calendars public.
Google Calendars can be shared with specific individuals. They can also be shared with the world by making them public. Sharing calendars with others is one way to keep others informed of your daily, weekly, or monthly events.
Permissions for these calendars can be granted to those that will have access to one or more calendars. Permissions include giving someone access to create, edit, and share events in your calendar. This option can be granted to an assistant that is in charge of scheduling events for a supervisor or an organization. The most common permission is the permission to grant others the right to view scheduled events on the calendar and not grant them permission to make changes.
In this lesson we will share a calendar with another Google account user and grant that person the standard view events permission. Google calendars can be shared with others that do not have a Google account but they will not be able to make any edits without an account.
Access your Google calendar from the Google Apps launcher or go to https://calendar.google.com, and login with your account information.
Calendars are located in a panel on the left. Hover your mouse over a calendar name. An actions menu option will appear. Click on the triangle.
Google Sheets can do most of what can be done in traditional worksheets like Excel. It an be very useful for teachers and students to graph math problems like. Graphing equations like polynomials in a spreadsheet provides real world practical experience and use of technology in the classroom. We will be graphing the polynomial shown in the image below.
We can create multiple calendars in Google Calendar. A personal calendar is automatically created and we can create others. Calendars can be created for special vents. Calendars can be shared with one or more persons. Only those we share the calendar with will be able to see the event details we choose. We will see the view options later in this lesson.
In this lesson we will be creating a calendar that will have events related to an organization. These events will be made available to the public. We can follow the same process for creating calendars that will be kept private or just shared with specific individuals.
Go to your Google calendar using the Google Application launcher or use this link, https://calendar.google.com. You will need to login using your account information.
The “My Calendars” section is located in a panel on the left. Click on the actions menu option to the right of the “My Calendars” title.
Google Sheets can be used to create Sine waves. A sine wave is a mathematical curve that describes a smooth repetitive oscillation.
In this lesson we will learn how to...
Create a new sheet by clicking the New button and selecting Google Sheets.
Screencastify is a free extension for the Chrome browser and Chromebooks. The Chrome browser is available for most operating systems and is free. The extension can be download and installed from the Google Chrome Web Store.
Screencastify can be used to record content on the Internet. This includes content created with Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. These documents can be used to provide instructions, lessons, and tutorials. Please be mindful of copyright law when recording content on the Internet.
Click on the Screencastify icon.
Google Sheets can be used to solve and graph quadratic functions.
In this lesson we will learn how to...
Create a new Google Sheet by clicking the New button in Google Drive and selecting Google Sheets.
Screencastify is a free extension for the Chrome browser and Chromebook. It is used to record the contents of your computer screen. Teachers can use Screencastify to record lessons, instructions or lectures. Students can use Screencastify to present information to the class and as part of assignments given to teachers. The extension can be installed from the Chrome Web store. In this lesson we look at the setup process after installing the extension.
During the setup process, we need to allow Screencastify to access and perform functions using the browser. It also needs permission to access Google Drive, which is where recorded videos are typically saved. Screencastify can use the webcam on the computer to record video, typically that of the presenter. The video captured through the webcam can be included in the screencast or it can be recorded separately. Part of the setup includes granting permission to Screencastify so it can access the webcam camera.
Click on the Screencastify extension icon.
Sphero is a mechanized sphere that can be controlled like a remote controlled car, airplane, boat, or drone. It can also be programmed to perform actions. This is what makes Sphero a robot. It can be programmed and it can react to the environment. Sphero has sensors that provide information about its orientation in the environment.
Sphero is programmed with a block coding language. Block-based coding is a way to teach coding skills without the need to know the text-based equivalent. You begin with block-based coding and go on to learn the actual text behind the blocks of code.
The coding blocks are designed to interact with Sphero. The code blocks go beyond basic actions and provide the tools to develop elaborate programs for Sphero. These elaborate programs use the same programming principals as programs like C and Java. The programming language used to program Sphero is called OVAL. It is based on the C programming language. This programming language is used by my developers.
OneNote is a basic work processor for taking text notes. It does do much more than take text notes but text notes lie at the heart of this application. It has the most basic of word processor tools with fonts, text alignment and formatting options. These tools should be familiar to just about anyone that has used a word processor like Microsoft Word. OneNote uses text boxes and text styles to format notes on pages. This opens up formatting and styling possibilities that make this more than just a tool for taking notes.
In the Homework section for a Biology notebook we will add a page and title it “Animal Classifications”.
OneNote for use with Class Notebooks is part of Office 2016 with Office 365 for education and business. OneNote is available in two formats for Windows. They include the Desktop version and the mobile version. We’ll be looking at both versions. Let’s begin with the Desktop version.
Click on Windows Start, and find the OneNote application. The Desktop version is titled OneNote 2016.
The Class Notebook application is used to create class notebooks and to manage the settings for these notebooks. The content of the notebooks is created with the OneNote application. OneNote is available as an installable application for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. These applications are a way to work on OneNote with various devices and keep the notes synced with the Office 365 cloud account. The applications allow us to work on notebooks when there isn’t an Internet connection available.
There are several notable differences when working with OneNote Online, on tablet devices like the Surface, iOS and Android devices. Having said that, we are also more likely to use a variety of devices when working with OneNote and knowing how to use the application on each device can inform us of the benefits of using OneNote on specific devices. All the features are not consistent across all device applications.
To open OneNote, click on the Office 365 apps launcher.
At the end of the year we may be tempted to delete class notebooks. I’ve usually found it more valuable to hold on to the notebooks for at least one year. This is because I’ve been asked to recall or retrieve student information, notes, assignments or assessments from a previous year. Archiving class notebooks is an excellent way to remove them from the class notebooks list and keep them accessible for future reference.
To archive a class notebook open OneNote. Click on the application launcher and select OneNote.
Be careful when choosing to rename notebooks. This might cause confusion for students and other teachers that have access to the notebook. The link in OneNote for recent notebooks will be broken and students will need to go to the Class Notebooks section to open the notebook with the new name.
To rename a class notebook open any notebook with OneNote. Click on the apps launcher and click the OneNote tile.