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Pennsylvania Educator Creates Winning Combo: Livescribe + Moodle + Pencast Player App

Last Christmas, Michelle Eichelberger, a high school physics, chemistry and physical science teacher at McConnellsburg High School in Pennsylvania, received a 4GB Pulse smartpen as a gift from her husband. As Michelle explains on her glog (an online poster that supports video and audio – see image), she now uses her smartpen to add interactive pencasts to Moodle courses for students. Additionally, she uses it to post meaningful assignments/examples for substitute teachers when she’s out of the classroom.

 Michelle is also using iPods in her curriculum. In her “iPod Project,” Michelle records video lessons that students watch as part of regular homework assignments. These recordings often introduce a new concept, allowing Michelle to spend valuable class time answering questions or leading roundtable discussions and labs. With the launch of Livescribe’s Pencast Player app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (announced earlier this week – click here for more information), Michelle plans to take this a step further by adding iPod pencast lessons that explain how to complete or solve a new type of formula or problem step-by-step. She believes this will be especially powerful time-saver because she can record a lesson’s video and audio simultaneously – something she’s been unable to do with other tech tools.  
 
This past summer, Michelle discussed her new approaches to teaching with smartpens during the 2010 Keystone Summit. All 100 Pennsylvanian educators who attended the multi-day summit received a 4GB Pulse smartpen to use in their own classroom. We hope to hear how these teachers put their new smartpens to use with their students – and when we do, we’ll be sure to post their stories here.

 
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How to Add Pencasts to a Moodle

It’s very easy to embed or link to pencasts in Moodle.
I’ll make a screencast to show the process but in the meantime here are step by step instructions, courtesy of Stephen Howell, who’s answer appeared here.

1. Upload pencast to Livescribe Community site (you will need to create a free account). [See the video/post: How to Create and Share a Pencast for more details].
2. Make the pencast public (log into site and go to myAccount to make pencasts public/private).
3. Go to http://jamessocol.com/pencast/.
4. On James Socol’s page (above) paste in a link to your file, here is an example of one of mine http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverview….
5. Select size you want the embedded pencast to be and click the ‘Push Me’ button.
6. Select All and Copy the code generated (it can be a little slow to
appear, but also sometimes does nothing!).
7. Log in to your Moodle.
8. Go to your subject page, Turn Editing On.
9. Click Add a resource… drop down menu and Select Compose a web page.
10. Give a name to the new resource.
11. In the composing window (Full Text window), click on the second last button on the bottom row of the toolbar, which is ‘Toggle HTML Source’ and looks like < > on my Moodle.
12. Underneath <br/> paste in your pencast code from step 6 above.
13. Click Save and Display and if you have Flash installed it should
appear in a new window and auto load.
14. Click Full Screen or just Play depending on students to present.