There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton.
Douglas College acquired a new piece of edtech a year ago called the Lightboard. But just what is this lightboard thingy?
Basically, it’s a piece of illuminated glass, on which instructors can write their lessons/lecture notes–just as they would a whiteboard or blackboard in a traditional classroom. The real magic comes into play when the video camera reverses the image, allowing the instructor’s writing to read properly from left to right.
The benefits of this technology are clear:
- Instructors face their audience (students) directly through the glass. [No longer is there a need to turn your back to the students to write on the board.]
- Students, in turn, see exactly what the instructor is emphasizing.
- Lightboard sessions are recorded; therefore, the instructor leaves with an MP4 file that can be uploaded to their Blackboard course space or shown to the class by playing it from the instructor computer.
- Instructors do not need to learn new technology or develop new skills. The Lightboard is fully supported by the ATS team.
- Using this technology is particularly gratifying to convey difficult concepts, sensitive topics, etc. The recording can be played and replayed as many times as necessary for students to master the content.