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  • Tom Neumann 16 Jun 2016 10:10am () in TV's vs. Data Projectors in Classrooms

    I have been using the arrangements as per photo one and photo two for many years. The monitors are connected by HDMI cables to a matrix switch , (which allows me to turn them on and off independently of my own monitor) and then my docking station. Initial outlay is approximately $2000.00 but there are no bulbs to replace or projectors that become obsolete. Students like the experience which is much more intimate than a data projector. Students can see even if they are in the back of the class and anything I can play on my own machine becomes available to the students if I chose to show it. Monitors have sound built in, but I run an independent sound system connected to my docking station.

  • Tom Neumann 17 Dec 2013 11:37am () in Why 3D printers?

    You could duplicate the printer (or most of its parts) to allow students to see how it works.

  • Tom Neumann 04 May 2013 12:15pm () in Using Workspace to Go and online formative assessment in the classroom

    This video shows how Workspace to Go could be used to replace school computer suites and still give students a totally shared and school controlled experience.

    It also shows how formative online assessment in a wireless classroom environment can be used to enhance learning, using BYOD.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-5LSSzTw3E&feature=youtu.be

  • Tom Neumann 04 May 2013 12:12pm () in Using Workspace to Go and online formative assessment in the classroom

    This video shows how Workspace to Go could be used to replace school computer suites and still give students a totally shared and school controlled experience.

    It also shows how formative online assessment in a wireless classroom environment can be used to enhance learning, using BYOD.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-5LSSzTw3E&feature=youtu.be 

  • Tom Neumann 03 Mar 2013 10:39am () in Convert video from .swf

    Hi Rebecca

    the state of the art app for creating elearning videos is Captivate 6 an Adobe program. It allows to create HD video of demonstrations with sound and all the bells and whistles. It will covert an existing swf. file as we'll import and process PowerPoint slides. It can be used to create SCORM compliant online assessments fully uploles le to an LMS such as Moodle. The Ministry has an agreement with Adobe making the program more affordable. I am sure there are other options out there but Captivate 6 is state IOC the art. No programming knowledge is required. 

  • Tom Neumann 01 Mar 2013 10:13am () in BYOD in High Schools Windows Workspace To Go

    The USB sticks operate exactly as a school computer would, but run of the student's machine. This means there are no licensing problems with Windows. Office 2013 can also be installed on them as can any licensed software. The Ministry of Education has an agreement with Microsoft as well as Adobe. So if you have a site license you can run your apps off the stick.
    I have a personal license for Flash, Photoshop and Captivate and all can be installed on the stick and they run smoothly with no problems.
    Advantage: you want your students to write a letter, but they don't have MS Office installed on their machine. This system gives them access to the school's software on their own device. More general info at:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/devices/windowstogo.aspx

  • Tom Neumann 28 Feb 2013 1:22pm () in BYOD in High Schools Windows Workspace To Go

    I am trailing this technology with a small economics class this year. It involves using a USB stick with Windows 8 on it. Students insert this into their notebooks, boot from it and it bypasses their own hard drive. This means the following: students only do on their machines what the school's group policy allows, yet they can save their work to the schools drives or to the cloud (if the school has wireless). Any malaware on the student' machine is thus isolated. At the end of the lesson I collect the sticks and the students computers work as normal.
    Has anybody tried this yet? It brings a whole new dimension to BYOD.

  • Tom Neumann 20 Feb 2013 12:05pm () in Speech to text

    I use in conjunction with a data show/monitors to give students notes. (I have a terrible hand writing) I also write all my report comments using the software. It can do up to 300 words per minute and can also be used to navigate your computer. You can train it to a NZ accent as well as other English accents. It works perfectly in most applications such MS office app, KAMAR all Adobe applications using text and so on. Best results are achieved with a noise cancelling microphone/ headset ($30-40) but I use the iOs free dragon app at home without any problems

  • Tom Neumann 20 Feb 2013 8:35am () in Speech to text

    Dragon Naturally speaking by Nuance.
    Training time about 5 minutes.
    Requires a microphone (or iPhone on WiFi).
    Very high accuracy. I have been using it in class for the last 10 years.
    I recommend version 12.

  • Tom Neumann 24 Jul 2012 10:01am () in SCORM based assessment on Moodle

    Had a look but found that many of the headings did not load.