Friday, November 23, 2012

My new favorite #edtech toy

Have you ever seen a clip of a show or a movie that want to show your students? What about streaming a show in the time between bells to set the tone for your classroom?

Last fall Bill Maher hosted Paul Krugman and Arthur Laffer on Real Time. Paul Krugman is the economist darling for liberal's and an avid demand-side economist. Arthur Laffer is the father of the Laffer Curve and supply-side economics, every conservative's hero. So following Maher's stand-up routine, which was not appropriate for my students, Maher began the panel discussion by simply telling the two of them to go at it. The next ten minutes were brilliant, civil, and spot on with many of the points we had discussed in AP Macroeconomics. I was never able to show my classroom their discourse, and since that point I have been looking for a way to capture engaging learning moments like these for kids.

My solution - Slingbox. The Slingbox allows us to watch your TV anywhere — from our laptop or our mobile device which we can project for our students. We can even play play recorded shows. I can show my students the Krugman-Laffer discourse. I can play Squawk Box between bells, which covers the latest financial market news.

Slingbox is one more tool we can use to bring our classrooms to life for our students.

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