Over the last year or so, document cameras have been popping up in classrooms throughout the district. These handy little gadgets can do many of the things our old overhead projectors did…and so much more. Here are just a few great ways I’ve seen teachers use their document cameras:
- Share a piece of student writing with the whole class to demonstrate a great use of figurative language or to model editing and revising.
- Place a calculator under the document camera to demonstrate how to use the device to solve a particular problem.
- Instead of having students crowd around you to watch you demonstrate a science experiment, use the document camera to project the process so everyone can see.
- Place an iPad or other device under the camera to
teach students to use a new app. You can also use the camera to share what’s on the device’s screen instead of having to connect the device itself to your projector.
- Zoom in on a particular piece of text to demonstrate the use of text markings and annotations.
Looking for more information about how to get the most from your document camera? Click here for my Diigo list of links related to using document cameras in the classroom.
What’s your favorite way to use your document camera? Please share your ideas!