Maximizing a Document Camera

A document camera doesn’t need to be locked in to its name.  I know you are probably saying, “What is she talking about?” My answer is going to sound like a George Carlin skit. You know the one where he decomposes the word “Tennis.” “Why is Tennis called Ten-(nis) when it is only played by two people? This made me think about the word “Document Camera” and how often I just see it being used for its face value.

Just because the word “Document” is tagged onto camera doesn’t mean it is limited to projecting worksheets and pages in a book. Not in the least! Many different brands of document cameras are made with multi function ability. The stem can be bent or the lens twisted turning the document camera into a video or still camera. What does this mean to the classroom?

Document Camera Uses

  1. Project Worksheets on an Interactive White Board (IWB)
  2. Capture worksheets to insert into slide presentations and etc…
  3. Take photos within the classroom
  4. Record student created videos
  5. Record classroom activities
  6. Use as web cam
    • Allows for Google Live Hangout participation
      • Teacher sharing lessons and collaborating with colleagues
      • Guest visitors presenting to a classroom full of students
      • Allows absent students to participate in the classroom
      • Classrooms can connect globally to collaborate on projects

The above mentioned is just a few possibilities a document camera can provide to a classroom. Kick a document camera up a notch by replacing with a tablet in a stand and this maximizes the possibilities even more.  Bottomline “Don’t just use technology tools for FACE VALUE” “Be Innovative and Maximize the Use.”



Publishing Google Slides Great Ideas

Yes! You Can Embed Google Slides Into a Website!

Why would a teacher want to do this? Here are some practical reasons for embedding a Google Slide into a classroom website or blog.

  1. Share a Gallery of Student’s Art or Writings
  2. Provide an animated welcoming message
  3. Share a classroom presentation
  4. Provide step by step directions for a project
    • Yes! Some students actually do work from home
    • Provides extra support for the absent student
  5. Share upcoming events with students and their parents
  6. Let the community know about exciting events happening at your school
  7. Share video clips of the weeks classroom presentations
  8. Post a virtual Notebook the students can refer
    • Supports the students with doing assignments
    • Project support
    • Study tool for Assessments
  9. Share a slide deck of inspirational quotes
  10. Share a classroom newsletter created by the students
    • Supports a School to Home Connection
  11. Makes the website or blog a little more interesting to look at

Directions for Publishing a Slide to the Web

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Click here to make a copy for this Tutorial

No Task is Too Small for Google Calendar

Create a Google Calendar Task and it will appear off to the righthand side of Calendar and Gmail Inbox. This is a perfect way to create and maintain to-do lists for both Teachers and Students.  It is an easy way to keep organization of school projects, and assignments along with staying on top of events.

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Google Drive Provides Mission Impossible Files

Today the students must have thought I gone bonkers due to my excited squeal upon discovering the Google Drive Files expirations setting! It reminded me of the “OLD” TV Show, “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE”! This was a spy show where the missions were delivered by a cassette recorder which self destructed. Now it is possible to create “Self Destructing” files in Google Drive. When the end of the school year comes the files your students no longer need to access automatically stop being shared.

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Google Blogger in Classroom: Let Me Count the Ways…

Blogger is one of the overlooked features within the Google APP for Education (GAfE)  Accounts. I found when mentioning GAfE to other educators they immediately associate the account with Google Drive, GMAIL, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Forms and Sheets. However there are many more components then these. Today I’m going to focus on one of the overlooked and hardly mentioned components. This is using Google Blogger to create blogs.

Did you say how can creating a blog make a difference in education? Well let me count the ways….

Integrating Google Blogger for the Classroom

  1. Create a Classroom Newsletter to share with parents
    • Include the students as creators in this activity
    • Great school to home connection
  2. Host a student help blog for different content areas
    • Students can create tutorials to share math tips & tricks
    • Embed screencasts instead of writing
  3. Make a classroom gallery to showcase student projects!
    • Another great way to make a school to home connection!!!
    • Have students upload the images or videos
    • Let students be responsible for answering questions
      • That is pertaining to their own project
      • Make the blog active as possible
  4. Do you students research famous people, inventors or ?
    • Let them use a blog for their presentation
    • Students transform into the biographical character
    • Student introduces them self as the character
    • Other students ask questions
      • Student answer questions based on their research
    • Blog can remain private
      • Students can use their school logon
      • Restrict blog invites to classroom community
  5. Replace a teachers website with a blog
    • Easy to maintain
    • All posts are archived in date order
    • Embed worksheets
    • Add a calendar
    • Insert video
  6. Students can use a blog as a virtual binder
    • Provides organization

These are just a few ideas for getting started using blogger in the classroom!

Can You Think of More Ways for Using Blogger???