Hello from STEMtech 2014! This afternoon I went to a brilliant presentation on Lightboards from the innovative team at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada. In the session, they shared how they are using lightboards to enhance teaching and content dissemination in flipped, hybrid & online environments. If you are not sure what a lightboard is, take a look at the video below, or click here and read the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) 7 Things You Should Know About Lightboards.
Simply put, a lightboard is a transparent dry-erase board that allows teachers to face their audience while drawing and discussing notes and diagrams in the air between them and their audience. When you see it done, it is kind of amazing. In the presentation today, Carl, the presenter from the Humber team, also discussed their “Lightboard Challenge,” which is basically like the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge”, but instead of creating videos where teachers pour ice on themselves and challenge their peers, they challenge professors to come in and teach something on the lightboard and then challenge their peers to give it a try. What a great way to spread word of mouth about a new teaching technology. I would love to replicate this at Valencia! Is there anyone else at Valencia who would like to work with me to build one of these and then start our very own Lightboard Challenge? If you are interested, please shoot me an email.
If you are interested in learning more about lightboards, here is what I have found out so far…
Lightboards are the creation of Northwestern University engineering professor Michael Peshkin, who shared his innovative idea as Open Source Hardware. Here is a link to his Google Site on the topic. The site includes a materials list, instructions for building it, instructions for lighting it, and more. I have put his one minute introduction video below.
Michael’s site also details how he uses a mirror to fix the inverted image problem. He also goes on to share how he uses a switcher to create some amazing luma key effects. The videos below are some of his examples. Enjoy!