My students need a high-quality, full color document camera so that they can explore artifacts from ancient history.
It is hard for today's teachers to captivate the imaginations of children in the classroom: teachers have to compete with the fast pace and high resolution of videos and games and kids often find it hard to connect to the materials being presented.
My 6th grade students in History, English-Language Arts, and Technology love studying the concepts being presented, but they need to be able to see, up-close, realia and artifacts pertinent to their studies.
It is not always possible to pass around artifacts due to the delicate nature of some, so I find myself walking around and holding it for students to see. While this partially solves the problem, the students really don't get to see the object up close and analyze the intricate details that are so often present on the objects.
With a high-powered document camera, my students will be able to look at fossilized organisms up close: seeing the intricate structures left behind. They will be able to see the fine details in Roman glass: seeing how delicately blown the glass is and the rich details that these peoples achieved thousands of years ago. In writing, the students will be able to use artifacts for inspiration in the creative process. Additionally, students will be able to watch as I model how to interact with the texts they are reading and so will become better scholars!
I have been teaching without a document camera for almost 3 years now.
I KNOW how valuable this resource is in the classroom. This vital piece of technology will allow my students to become great analyzers and scholars as they are able to work directly with realia and will be able to see how professional writers and readers interact with their texts.
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