Feb 072011

Preschool – Primary Grades Classroom Document Camera Ideas

  • Show and Tell
  • Science Experiments
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • “Big Books” – Big books are expensive. You can turn any book into a big book by placing it under the document camera
  • Math manipulatives
  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management.
  • Picture schedule. Place a picture schedule under the document camera. Turn the classroom document camera and projector on when it’s time to transition to the next activity and show the students what the next activity will be. “We just finished centers (show picture of “centers” on the schedule), now it’s time for math (show schedule picture that represents “math”)
  • Demonstrating letter formation
  • ABC tiles – let students come up and rearrange the tiles to create words
  • Maps
  • Photos and images
  • Worksheets – students can view you filling out the information instead of just listening
  • Save images for later use. A classroom document camera connected to a computer can act as a scanner. Teachers can place items under the document camera and use them in class that day and “save” the image for future use.
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites. Parents can “see” what their children are learning throughout the day.
  • Saved images can also be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker to use in activities such as end of year programs, classroom review and back to school nights.

Great ideas for ways to use document cameras in the elementary classroom – includes tips for MIddle School and High School teachers as well!

Feb 072011
Below is a really good list of educational iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone apps for educational purposes. Since I am not the ‘expert’ for all educational iOS apps, these are recommendations by Provo School District, iPad Summit Attendees, and by others who are heavily using the iPad in the classroom. If you have used an amazing app in your classroom, please let me know, and I’ll add it to our ever-growing list of iOS Recommended Apps.