Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Tech Tip for Teachers: Document Cameras

I began to draft a post about how to create an email distribution list in Microsoft Outlook, but my computer hasn't been updated to 2010, so the screenshots would only be confusing.  But I digress... In our building, we are fortunate to now have two different kinds of Document Cameras.  We have a Lumens Ladibug 265 and also a 120 to fit into a wireless dock.  Some of our classrooms have teacher computer stations that are removed from the smartboard, and last year we attempted to rig up a USB extension cord.  It didn't work very well, so the wireless will address this issue of a time lapse. 

A document camera is like an overhead projector, except for that you can show ANYTHING underneath of it.  Think of the science experiment/art example/read aloud possibilities!  I have been using the document camera for a year now and yet, I feel like I have only scratched the surface of the possibilities of using it in the classroom and in the library.  I'm planning to incorporate its video function in the near future and wanted to share some of the functions with teachers. 

Here is a short video overview of the functions of the Lumens Document Camera 265.

And here is some information on the wireless camera:

Document Camera Teaching Links

11 Dozen Ideas to Transform Teaching

50+ Ideas for Using a Document Camera in the Classroom

Document Camera Lesson Plans

Show Me Great Lessons!

Enjoy!  And add your own ideas for uses of the document camera in the comments below.

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