Ian Parkin reveals the top ten things teachers need to know about Lynx.
Those in the know are well aware of the huge array of benefits of the Lynx software system from Clevertouch. So much more than a lesson delivery system, Lynx is an intuitive planning system which allows teachers to create imaginative lessons, including a variety of multi-source content, and bring the classroom to life.
Lynx is a lesson preparation software system which is similar to Powerpoint, Active Inspire and SMART notebook, but far more interactive. In addition to the crystal-clear resolution and high brightness displays that you are used to with your Clevertouch, the Lynx system also incorporates multitouch software (without the need for screen calibrating), pens, graphs, shapes, hand/eye recognition, 3D drawing tools and even 360º videos. All in a ‘walk up and use’ experience that’s as intuitive as the phone in your pocket.
Read on to see how easy it is to make the most of Lynx in your classroom…
1. Play online videos, ad free
Annoyed with waiting for ads to finish so you can play that online video? Lynx allows safe playing of YouTube files, without the comments showing or auto-playing of the next video. No need to embed a possibly expired YouTube link into your presentation, wait for it to load, sit through the (hopefully appropriate) advert and risking losing the attention span of your class to watch that clip you need. With Lynx, the YouTube video plays immediately; no ads, no comments showing and no automatic playing of the next video. In fact, you can even play the YouTube clip whilst annotating key features by the side of it, allowing for teacher commentary in real time. Perfect for STEM lessons, Geography, Media Studies or studying structure and suspense in narrative writing for English.
2. Drag and drop directly from the internet
Using Lynx for real time media search for images means you’re not having to copy, save, and paste in advance of the lesson. You no longer have to freeze the screen, minimise or close to select online images / gifs / pages / videos. Simply drag in the required content from the left-hand side of the screen and slide it easily onto the page whilst remaining in your presentation.
3. Swap quickly and easily between background types
Quickly change backgrounds for different lesson needs. Just finished a lesson on handwriting and now teaching Maths? No problem. Lynx has a quick-change background facility to enable you to seamlessly move from a lined paper page to graph or asymmetric paper.
4. Utilise the background colours to suit special needs
Change the background colour too to suit the mood of your lesson or to cater to a particular student’s requirements. For example, some teachers have told us that cream and soft background colours works well with their dyslexic students.
5. Get in the spotlight
Try the spotlight and blind tools. The spotlight works exactly as it sounds: the presentation is covered except for the spotlighted area. Perfect for focussing attention on an element of art, or for foregrounding verbs or rhetorical features in a piece of written text.
6. Raise the blinds
The blind tool is perfect for the big reveal. Hide part of your presentation on your screen to increase excitement and engagement, or even to help students keep track of a poem as you read through. When used in the transparent mode, this blind can work in the same way a physical overlay does, which is useful for any visually impaired student you may be teaching.
7. Utilise your existing resources
Worried you will have to start over again with your resources? Not with Lynx. Use existing files (you can easily convert Notebook Files, ppts and so on) to avoid reinventing the wheel. Every manufacturer has their own system, so if you are worried that your particular files will not convert, tweaks can easily be made – just contact the Clevertouch team for support.
8. Take advantage of the quick link function
Teachers can also take advantage of the quick link function to enable access to content folders that are in regular use, without the need to wade through levels of folders to select the document you need.
9. Record assessments or lessons
The record the lesson function or pupil interaction is ideal for assessment. In line with your own school’s policy, teachers can use the screen recorder to allow for recording of reading assessments, speaking assessments or an entire lesson for student revision purposes.
10. Quick Maths
Following teacher requests for a number block, difficult to grasp concepts, such as fractions, are made easier with on-screen division of shapes. Tools such as protractor and compass ensure there are no sharp instruments and are perfect for both Maths and Design Technology. The unique Maths recognition function enables for conversion of pencil to onscreen text to reveal the answer. As Clevertouch boasts multi-touch technology, several students can be working on Maths problems - even on the same screen.