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Kathleen Sipher

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Re: BC via distance learning
Posted: May 10, 1998 10:28 AM
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Art -

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

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

>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?
>Art Stahl
>Patchogue-Medford HS
>Long Island, NY

Kathleen Sipher

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