For several years I taught calculus over interactive tv to students in 2 schools plus my own. I actually loved it. I learned a lot during the process of teaching it, and was able to help "set up" the room(s) the second year with some of the things I felt I needed.
When I gave tests, I faxed them to the remote schools, and the kids used the fax machine to make copies. Then they faxed their answers to me. Big tests (finals, midterms, etc.) that were too big to fax were sent to the remote schools ahead of time and the kids picked them up in the office on the date they were planned.
In each room there were tv's that showed the remote students as well as the teacher - so even the kids that were in the room with me often watched the tv instead of me. And while local my students were in the same room with me, I insisted that they be shown by tv also so the remote kids got to interact with them. I designed my lessons to "fit" on the tv. I had an overhead projector directly connected to the camera, so I could prepare material ahead of time, then "display it" directly to the tv. It was almost impossible to present lectures on a chalkboard, as the amount of board that showed on the tv was so small. Instead I just prepared things ahead of time. Copies of my notes could be sent to the kids ahead of time so they could see follow along. Believe me, it took twice as much time to prepare as a regular class, and I was given a period without study hall to give me the extra time.
Homework was rarely collected, but if it was, it was just packaged up by the kids and turned into the office, then sent to me. It was a hassle and took so much turnaround time that I rarely collected it. Kids could fax me copies of problems they were having trouble with so I could look at them. Or they could put their homework under the overhead and all of us could check it out.
The biggest problems were scheduling. It was difficult to even get the schools to run on the same clock. Being off in one school by several minutes would take time off both ends of the class. Snow days, class trips, assemblies, etc., were never on the same day in all the schools, so sometimes some kids would be there and others would not. I learned to be real flexible in my planning. The kids learned that they needed to be extra responsible.
If I think of other suggestions, problems, etc., I will email you again. If you have specific questions - feel free to email me.
Good Luck Kathy
>Hello all, > >There is a good chance that I will be teaching a section of BC Calculus >next year using distance learning technology (TV transmission of the >lessons in real time with 2-way video feedback). The population will >most likely be students who have already had AB. > >Does anyone have any experience with this type of situation?? > >How did you handle exams, HW, etc.?? > >Are there any hidden problems that I need to be aware of? > >Thanks, > >Art Stahl >Patchogue-Medford HS >Long Island, NY