Hey all -
I'm a former HS math teacher, now in the software world. I'm doing some tutoring on the side, and hope to make it back to teaching - especially in the kind of web 2.0 environment discussed here, and with which I'm involved in my day job.
I'm currently working to set up some local teachers with the ability to deliver online tutoring. The demand is definitely high for this kind of approach, and the technology is certainly ready - Acrobat Connect, Elluminate, even WiZiQ all have useful functionality for real-time interactions.
There's one thing that we're still working on, and I'm wondering whether there are folks out there who have solved the problem. For online teaching and tutoring, it would be useful, even imperative, to be able to see the students' written work. We currently have two options:
- Using a tablet and stylus, along with good writing/drawing software that can be screen shared using Connect or Elluminate. This could be a little expensive for the student, perhaps adding more than $100 to the cost.
- Using a camera focused on the student's written work. This seems to work better than you'd think, and there are good cameras available for less than $30.
Has anyone else come up with other creative ways to solve this problem?
Thanks for any input you might have.