Imagine a teacher dissecting a frog on a lab table. Now add in 30 students crowded around, peeking over their friends' shoulders, perched on chairs nearby so that they can see just a little bit better what exactly the teacher is doing.
My students are an amazingly diverse group of urban Californian students who have been undereducated by the public school system.
When they enter our school, they have some of the lowest test scores in the district. However, we push our students to accomplish big things. I have students who have turned in nine page lab reports as freshman! They may not be perfect papers, but they're really wrestling with the big scientific ideas.
Lots of lab activities require students to learn techniques or see things up close. A document camera will allow me to project images and dissections onto a large screen so that my students can see things more easily. Instead of having a one-time view partially blocked by someone's head, they'll have a clear picture that they can continue to refer to as they complete their labs.
A document camera will allow my students to have a clearer visualization of proper lab techniques and easier access to diagrams and dissections that will help them understand scientific concepts.
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