I teach an Advanced Placement Calculus course in a public school in an urban school district in Illinois. The course is made up of 11th and 12th grade students.
Our school has very few technological resources. I purchased my own LCD Projector in order to deliver high quality lessons that keeps students engaged and learning through multiple mediums.
The students learn a great deal from one another and due to the amount of work required for many Calculus problems, students find it cumbersome to write problems on the board and then to have to write those same problems in their notebooks. Some students may need extended time with a problem's solution. Due to limited board space those problems have to be erased. This makes for lulls in class if the class has to wait for a few students to write down a problem so that the class can move to the next example problem.
Students often learn best from one another. A document camera will allow for students to perform problems in their notebook and then share those problems with their peers. It will also allow for more high powered instruction.
Students will be able to see descriptive handouts and textbook pages easily when reviewing problems or learning new concepts. It will also cut down on time lost on waiting for students to write problems down in their notebook if they performed it on the board. That same problem can be shared later in class in case a student didn't have enough time to copy it down when it was reviewed earlier in class.
Your help will allow my students the opportunity to gain more from the classroom experience. They will be able to share and have access to more in class resources to share within one another as opposed to creating hard to read (black and white) reproducibles. It will also allow students access to technology that may be available during their university experience.
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