How many of you have ever thought, “Hey, I love my boardwork today. I wish I could print it off and keep it for later.” I know I have. One day, I was teaching a TESOL class and the students–all from Asia–whipped out their digicams and iPhones, motioned (with unintentional rudeness) for me to get out of the way and snapped a photo of my whiteboard. For some reason, I had never considered it before, nor had I seen any of my previous students do so (though some Japanese had asked once to record the audio on their MD-players). Even then, it seemed like a great way for students to record board notes, but I was concerned it would take away from them actually writing down what I was teaching, a valuable extra exposure to and processing of the target language.
Then it occurred to me: I have an iPhone. Why don’t I take photos of my boardwork myself? And so I did. If you don’t, maybe you should. It can come in handy the next time you teach the same lesson. Click here or the image below to see a sample I took of mine on using colons.
that’s actually a good idea. I’ve been doing this for quite a while now. Got the idea from my Japanese students. It really helps with board work and self-evaluation.
It is a good idea and I’m at a loss as to why I hadn’t thought of it earlier. I mean, I’ve had the iPhone for 3 years now… Props to anyone who figured out this trick long ago!
[…] end, that document can be saved online for student access or like many students I know, they can take a photo of the board. Especially in the university context, students often rewrite their notes at home after studying […]