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Mathtrain.TV: Ep.99, ScreenChomp

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Screencasting on the iPad!  For Free!

In this episode, the ScreenChomp App is showcased.

screenchomp preview


It is meant as a rough “tutorial” and mainly as an introduction to the possibilities we might have using this with our students.




Mathtrain.TV:Ep.98 Special Episode: FluidMath

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

This is a special episode of 2 demo-screencasts of FluidMath.

FluidMath is a cool, new math software for tablet pc and IWB users.  It can recognize handwriting and then solve, graph and animate on the fly.


Their Web site is


Mathtrain.TV: Ep.97 Google SketchUp is Cool

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

A quick look at how easy it is to create cylinders and prisms in Google SketchUp (free).


Mathtrain.TV: Ep.95, App is Here

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Mathtrain App is now available in the iTunes Store.

Yup, it’s free.

Created by 8th grade student, Andrew Rothman.


Tablet PCs We Use or Have Used in our Classroom

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

by Eric Marcos

We use a variety of Tablet PCs to create our student screencasts.  We have also used iPads, Wacom Tablets and Macs.  Below, is a list of Tablet PCs we use or have used for screencasting:

The first Tablet PC I purchased was a Toshiba R25 3503.

toshiba tablet

I loved it!  Recently, I installed Windows 7 onto it.  The processor is a bit slow by today’s standards.  It’s clunky, yet durable.  Nice big screen, loud speakers and accurate writing.  I bought it in 2005 and it’s discontinued.  Almost 5 years later, it still works great!



I got a Gateway Tablet PC from school, but I don’t recall it’s model.



The company has changed since it was purchased and I have no idea if they still make tablets.  It is also clunky and durable.  Although, the installed speakers have worn a bit and they feedback at times.  So, we have to use it with the speakers muted.

For the most part, we use a Fujitsu 5010 Tablet PC.



I purchased this last year.  I like it.  My major issue is that the installed computer speakers are lame.  It is difficult to get any true volume out of them.  My iPhone plays audio louder than this computer!  It is still a bit clunky, but it has been mostly great.  I like that the screen can swing both left and right.

I also got a few HP Tablet PCs from a grant.


I am glad I did not pay for these.  I do not like them.  They are touch/pen, but the pen writing is not as accurate as the Toshiba, Gateway or Fujitsu devices.  We may have gotten a bad batch because I had to send all the HP’s in for service after only a few months.

I hear the newer HP Tablets are better.  I think this is a good entry tablet if price is a major factor.

So, if price is a major obstacle, perhaps look at the HPs.  Or perhaps purchase a Wacom Bamboo tablet.  The Wacom tablet hooks up to both Macs and Windows computers.  It can transform your current computer into a “tablet pc”. Otherwise, if price is not a major issue, then check out the new Fujitsu or Toshiba models.  I like the “active digitizer” tablets because they tend to write the best.

Some of the newer “slate” tablets, such as the Galaxy Tab, Xoom and the HP 500 Slate, seem very cool!  I want one of each!  But I’m not sure how they are for screencasting.

For my next Tablet PC, I’m looking at a slate.  I like the ones by Motion Computing and TabletKiosk, but they have slower processors and smaller hard drives.  They are also expensive.  However, I like the idea of the handle and the ease of mobility.

Well, thanks for taking this tour of some of the Tablet PCs we use or have used to create our student screencasts at Mathtrain.TV.  I strongly recommend anyone interested in buying a Tablet PC to first try it out.  Sometimes companies may even lend a demo device to a school.  If the specs list “active digitizer”, that is a plus.  And if you’re a teacher, please let the students use it!

Mathtrain.TV: Ep.94, Spread the Word to End the Word 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Spread the Word to End the Word message Our Lincoln Middle School students wanted to share this important message about the “R” word.  We are rebroadcasting this video today, on 03.02.11.  Thanks!


Mathtrain.TV: Episode 84, How We Screencast

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

We take a moment to show you how we create a screencast.  It’s just a general overview.  We can get more detailed in future videos.


just testing something… nothing to see here

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

This is just a test video to try something new… perhaps.

Hopefully this video will be viewable on the ipad and iphone.  And hopefully it shows up in itunes.


Mathtrain.TV: Episode 82, Fun Promo

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This episode was created for fun.  The students like strange, new things.  So here is something for that.  It is a short, animated promo for Mathtrain.

We created this using the free xtranormal software.  Xtranormal could have some nice uses in the classroom or for student projects!



Our Kids Featured in Article!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Thank to for posting a nice article about our student videos on Mathtrain.TV!  Former students “Bob”, “Paul” and “Billy Billy” are interviewed and there is even a photo of them.

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Mathtrain Students in

Mathtrain Students featured on

November Learning Podcasts with Mathtrain

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

We were interviewed by Alan November (of November Learning).  Recently, the interview was released as a two-part podcast. You can click below to visit the November Learning pages to listen to the podcasts.

NL PodcastOr, listen on the November Learning’s iTunes Podcast.

Thanks to students “Bob”, “Billy Billy”, “Jerry” and “Paul”! And thanks to Brian Mull, of November Learning.  We are so excited about this!  :)

Alan November interviews us:

Talking Student Tutorials with Eric Marcos – Part 1 of 2

Talking Student Tutorials with Eric Marcos – Part 2 of 2

Give Me a “B”, Give Me an “L”, Give Me a “C”… BLC 2010 is here!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

BLC10 Conference I’m in Boston for this year’s BLC 10, which is Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference.

This is always the greatest conference.  This year, I am co-presenting with one of my former students “Jerry”.  We will be discussing and demonstrating our “Kids Teaching Kids” classroom model and student screencasting.

Our sessions:

Kids Teaching Kids:
Empowering Students through Screencasting

Wed, July 14th, at 11:45 am – 1:00 pm (Room: Statler)
Thu, July 15th, at 11:30 am – 12:45 pm (Room: Terrace)

See you at our sessions.  In the meantime, check out our iTunes Podcast or Mathtrain.TV.