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I have/had a few courses on Udemy and have a few hundred YT videos, so I've been down this road a couple times. My current set up: Blue Yeti microphone, \$130. You can probably get away with a built-in laptop microphone. I needed something better because of Udemy's requirements. Presentations in PowerPoint and/or$\LaTeX$, \$0. Well, PowerPoint might ...

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Wanted to make this a comment but don't have enough reputation. There's Scratchwork and WorldWideWhiteboard that do what you want. They allow you to write in latex and it appears automatically on the board.

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I am using zoom, and getting better attendance sometimes than in my face-to-face classes. Modified tools for getting interaction: 1. I ask students to put a number from 1 to 5 in the chat to rate their understanding. 2. I ask for a brave volunteer to work with me sometimes, and I walk that one student through, asking them to give me a next step, etc. ...

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The Lone Ranger had escaped many dangers, but this time, the situation was hopeless. Back to the wall with 200 wild Indians surrounding him. He turned to his faithful sidekick, Tonto, and said "what will we do now?" Tonto replied, "who's 'we', paleface?" The needs of the administrators, students, teachers are all different. In other words, "who's '...

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I usually present (live) lectures by using Beamer to prepare a PDF document with slides that are about half-completed, and I then use PDF Expert on an iPad to project this. The slides contain things like the definitions (which I don't want to waste time writing out) but then I illustrate, explain and give examples using an Apple Pencil. Students can ...

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I will share what I have been doing. I cannot claim this is popular, nor that it is necessarily the best, feasible option for everyone. But I know that when I started searching online for suggestions, I could not find a full description of anyone's method. So I'd like to at least share mine here. tl;dr: I make slides in Beamer (LaTeX). I use an app on a ...

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My approach: Lectures I use a tablet laptop at home, which I can write on with a bluetooth pen. I use to OneNote app to actually write thngs down, though there are many other options. To do an online lecture, I use Google Meet. Students (about 50 of them) gather online in the meeting room (a link I send them 15 minutes before the lecture starts). I ...

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A short term fix that misses a lot of pieces is just a video conferenceing app with a camera aimed down at a pad of paper. This is certainly the fastest way to push equations across the internet. Mount the camera on a cardboard 'baseball cap' on your monitor. The camera has to be upside down to it's usual orientation. A flex lamp or spring cantelever ...

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At a technological level, teleconferencing systems like Zoom, Google Meet, etc. often have "virtual whiteboards" which can be shared by a group of participants in a meeting. If the participants have touch screens and preferably a stylus, they can write on the virtual whiteboard. Access to touch screens and styluses is not as common as I'd wish, but you ...

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Question #1: This thought comes from teaching college classes, but may help a math circle too. You can communicate more often online, so you can keep them playing with ideas by sending out daily puzzles. Or you can send out a few puzzles related to your topic a day or two before "meeting", to get them thinking. Question #2: For 5th to 9th graders, assuming ...

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My home teaching setup. Still to be tested.

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My university (I am in Spain) has Microsoft Teams integrated with student accounts, so I use this. My classes are two hours. I open a chat (there are 60-70 students). (Zoom for free only allows 40 minutes and I am not sure it can handle the 60-70 students; a colleague is using the free video mixing software OBS and broadcasting class via Youtube, but ...

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I have an old Wacom Bamboo tablet and pen and a microphone. I use xournal (http://xournal.sourceforge.net) and record what I'm writing and saying using a screencasting program called vokoscreen, starting and stopping occasionally so I get a bunch of video files. I use flowblade (https://jliljebl.github.io/flowblade/) to splice these together and then use ...

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Well, one idea would be that of shifting to evaluating students through projects. For instance, there could be created a pool of project topics which will be randomly assigned to students. This may be way off the usual written examination, it makes it, however, necessary for the students to process the knowledge they have obtained conceptually and not only "...

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I just spent ~3 hrs making a 4-min video :-). A few notes that may help those in similar software situations: MacOS, Catalina. Others ignore. I used QuickTime to record a subset of my screen ("Screen Recording"). Apparently there is no way to pause QuickTime. So I recorded, stopped, recorded, stopped. And eventually stitched the ~8 recordings into one (...

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I use Zoom because that is the default software I'm supposed to use for the company I work for. You mentioned 24 hours processing times, but what I've noticed is that most of the live videos and teaching I record actually ends up processing within a few hours (like anywhere between 1-6 hours approximately). Using the document camera works fine but what I use ...

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I use a combination of PowerPoint for the lecture content and my "2 in 1" laptop with a stylus for writing. PowerPoint has an option to record the lecture which is what I use for the actual recording part. I then do any after the fact editing in Camtasia. Camtasia also has options for things like recording your screen and recording from both the screen ...

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I'm a full-time faculty member at a community college in NJ. I've been teaching for 12 years but have never taught an online course. When our college left for spring break I was left scrambling for how to make use of the tools that I had at that moment: my course notes and textbooks, my laptop, and my iPhone. With these tools I write, by hand, a short ...

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The case for WeBWorK tl;dr - use WebWork as an easy way of giving students as much practice solving problems as they can handle. Learn by doing lots of problems with a tight feedback loop. It engages the game-playing, obsessive nature in us. Main use case - Homework engine The two biggest features of a VLE/LMS are the presentation of materials and ...

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I am surprised that a school would effectively say "go figure it out". You ask for "brainstorming"... here are my thoughts.. You haven't quite defines your goal, although I did hear, loud and clear, you'd like 'free' or close to it. Still, there are a number of outcomes. Live video - I believe there are many options, but in general, a multiuser ...

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This is best done via an email list. You write up lecture notes using LaTeX, produce a PDF file which you email to all your students. You can ask your students to submit homework to you via email. This way of teaching is far more efficient than teaching in the traditional way or the live online methods, as you can prepare the lecture notes whenever it suits ...

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I gave a presentation to my department about this today. Like you, as I see in a comment, I am also at a CUNY math department. I haven't done all-online classes before, but I've used Blackboard heavily for ~20 years and have had a hybrid (partly online) class for the last two years. I have access to Blackboard Collaborate. My only cameras at home are ...

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In some sense this question is waaaay too broad, but it is attracting a useful collection of hints, and it's super topical for thousands of college math instructors (likely to be followed by primary/secondary ones), so here are a few things which I don't see mentioned yet, collated from the far too much time spent on this subject today. Web/Doc cam. There ...

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Though I taught electronic maintenance and simple math years ago, I am now a casual student. I actually clicked on the link to this discussion just out of curiosity. I may have some small insight into the problems you are now facing. I recently found an online course that was free to take if I did not want a certificate. I thought it would help me bridge ...

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We're on Blackboard as well, here's some workflow's we've been experimenting with to do everything through that interface: Lectures: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra works pretty well here. Just remember to turn your mike on, and to go into the settings once you've joined the session, click "Notification Settings" and turn on Browser Popup Notifications for ...

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Instructor at University of Washington here - we were one of the early closures, so I feel like we're starting to get the hang of it. Here's what I'm using: Zoom: Zoom is similar to Skype, with better support for many-participant calling and additional features. It has a built-in whiteboard you can write or type on, mechanics for allowing students to "raise ...

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To enhance my last comment, this is what I was talking about with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. I did a trial session with some of the other faculty yesterday and it seemed to work alright. We come "back" from spring break next week, so I haven't had a chance to try it with students yet. It might be worthwhile to either do a training session with students ...

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Already put two comments but ideas keep coming to me so I'll just package them here. Keep in mind I'm not an educator, I'm just trying to think of practical solutions to the problem as a whole. Another answer recommends YouTube to upload source material but I feel this might be inadequate interaction. Other alternatives: Discord Recently in response to ...

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Well, since I have also been obliged to teach from home due to CoVID-19 these days, I will describe here a possible solution to your problem. As a fast and cheap solution - I have been granted no access to any platform, unfortunately - I use the following: Skype, as a platform to communicate with my students and conduct the major part of the lesson. ...

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I like You Tube for posting videos. Once you get started it's pretty simple. There are various levels of privacy possible which you can read about. If your school has a convenient way to post videos and you have broadband (we're talking about 1-1.5 Gb files here, do NOT use HD resolution or worse yet the 4k resolution...). Given all that, basically the thing ...

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