Lightboard is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light. It’s for recording video lecture topics. You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you.
– Professor Michael Peshkin, Northwestern University, Lightboard inventor
What does the lightboard allow me to do in my educational videos?
- Write on the board without blocking your writing with your body
- Face your audience while writing on the board, so students can see your expressions or even read your lips
- Combine hand-written notes and drawings with video of you making and explaining them
- Annotate a digital image
- Avoid time-intensive and complicated video editing or animation techniques that would let you do the above without a lightboard
What are some things Pitt faculty have done with the lightboard so far?
- Created worked solutions to electrical engineering quizzes
- Showed nursing students how to take a family history and make it into a pedigree
- Lectured about the crucifixion
- Flipped a semester-long calculus class
- Diagrammed logic gates
- Modeled how to use a T-table in biostatistics
Do I have to learn how to write backwards?
- No! The camera films you through the board, and the footage is mirrored digitally in real time by the computer software processing the recording.
I teach at Pitt – how can I use the lightboard?
Our lightboard is within the Media Creation Lab in Alumni Hall, which is available for use by Pitt instructors.