Technology @ High Point, vol. 5
Tech for teaching and learning in our new space
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This Week's Tech Feature:
LED Light Box
- The light box can be much smaller (1/4" thick) than those we currently have
- The light disperses evenly across the surface
- The light can be set at one of 3 brightness levels
- The box will not get hot to the touch
Who is it for?
See the "Guide to Using Light Panels" booklet that comes with your light box for lots of ideas for using this device in your classroom. Also, this document has many ideas for using a light box. This video will give you a quick look at the light box:
- Set it on a desk or other flat surface.
- Plug the power cord into an outlet and in the magnetic power jack on the left side of the box. The magnets force the cord to be inserted with the cord coming towards you.
- Touch the flat power button circle on the left side of the device. Each press will increase the brightness by one step, up to three steps.
- To turn off, press and hold the power button until the device turns off.
For students who have troubles seeing the tabletop due to the angle, you can set the light box on an easel or iPad stand to create an angle that is easier for the student to see and access.
The light box does need to be plugged in to operate. The laptop cart in your room will have a power supply so you can plug in there if you need to use the light box away from an outlet.
Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom
Allow students to complete writing tasks by manipulating translucent letters on the light box. You can help by transferring their writing to paper or computer to document their composition.
Use the light box to help student with low vision see the coloring page. You can print it on a transparency so the light shines through brightly or print on paper for a more subdued light transmission. Use dry erase markers if you want to be able to erase the transparency and color again. If you are worried about getting marker/paint/crayon on the light box, you can cover it in plastic wrap which can easily be removed during clean up.
Use simple manipulatives on the light box to count items. Plastic numbers can help students connect the quantity with the symbol. Arranging them in vertical columns leads to understanding of graphs and the concept of "more" or "less".