This year, I have refined my class presentation process using Google Drive, GoodNotes, and AirServer. Ultimately, my goal was to create a system that allowed me to edit my presentations from anywhere, annotate them from my iPad during class presentations, and export them to my class website with any and all notes. Below is my process.
1. Creating presentations
In order to ensure I can work on my presentations from any device (iPad, iPhone, laptop, Chromebook, etc), I have decided to built all of my presentations using Google Slides. Surprisingly, translating from Flipcharts to Google Slides was fairly easy - I spent most of the time just using copy and paste. This process has allowed me to refine my presentations and make some improvements from last year's versions.
2. Classroom Delivery
The morning of the presentation, I save the slides as a PDF file. I open the files on my iPad using an app called GoodNotes. This annotation program has a lot of great features for a math teacher - auto-correct for shapes, lasso tool, zoom box, etc. Using an inexpensive program called AirServer, I project these notes onto my Promethean Board and annotate from anywhere in the room. It is important to note - I have to make sure I keep everything open and running or the program drops connection.
After the lesson is complete, I export the relevant pages from the notes as a pdf to a designated class notes folder on Google Drive. This folder is public and is embedded into my class website - you can see the current folder for Algebra 2 at the bottom of this page.
Once the export is complete, the whole process is finished. I have a great presentation I can deliver from anywhere in my classroom and an easy method for providing notes online to students who missed class or lost their notes.
What tools do you use for automating processes in your classroom? Please share in the comments below!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.