24 January 2013

S.E.A. team e-news and using the document camera to support all learners

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Using the document camera to support student learning
A document camera is the latest version of the overhead projector. Part of this year's SEA claim, current interactive whiteboard Learning Community teachers receive this peripheral during LC2 session. It's a teaching technology tool that helps to enhance student learning and provides a means that all student work can be valued and shared.

The ActiView document camera is part of this year's SEA claim.
Some ways to use the document camera

Live view - project what is placed directly under the camera
eg. prediction, inferencing from cover of the book
     -read alouds
     -sharing work, procedures broadcast on large screen
     - experiments
"Live" image of a book cover in the ActiView window.

Captured view - take a digital copy of what is projected and annotated, saved
eg. - journal or any writing, can be annotated on student work without marking up orginal paper
eg. math congress compare strategies and answers to promote thinking, questioning and sharing, One advantage of having captured work from the document camera is that the student work can be annotated on by the teacher or student and the original copy is left untouched. Or for fine motor skills support, the same paper assignment can be chunked and enlarged so a student can use the digital pen to record his or her answer.

The same cover has been captured and inserted into an ActiveInspire flipchart page for annotation and discussion.

Video capture - short, video (avi format) can be captured and replayed for use in the classroom in many contexts
The ActiView must be used in collaboration with ActiveInspire's screen recorder to get sound on the video.

eg. teacher or student presentation, practice oral communication, DPA, drama and dance etc.
Below is an example of a science experiment examining solutions.

Fall Host classroom Math three-part lesson and the document camera examples
The document camera can be used in many of the parts of the three-part Mathematics lesson. Below are some examples of Math congresses done during Host teacher sessions. In the below example Mentor teacher Stacie Berman from Dunlace P.S. has five of her students' calculations projected on the whiteboard during a host classroom session in November. As each example was discussed, the specific image was resized large to fit the screen and reordered to be on top and covering the other examples.
How can I represent money amounts? (P/J HSP)
In the Warden P.S. example, Mentor teacher Shailesh Maharaj's students can discuss and annotate images captured with his document camera. During this fall host classroom, the student discussed her problem solving method long after the classroom manipulatives were cleaned up.
Solving word problems (J/I HSP).

What is the algorithm? Following a Math Gallery walk in Jack Levy's Junior Gifted classroom at Three Valleys P.S., a student picked an example of a strategy that is different than his own to share and discussed the work. The example was captured and enlarged so that his peers in the classroom can see.
This blog entry illustrates just of the few applications of the document camera, in collaboration with the Interactive whiteboard and ActiveInspire software that promotes student learning. All students learning styles can be supported using visuals, sound and multimedia. Student work is valued and shared. For students with low vision, the digital images can be enlarged, while for students with memory processing difficulties, work that was captured can be saved, printed out and revisited on the IWB again and again.

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