My students need a document camera to experience science firsthand.
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"I don't see the paramecium, Ms. P. Can you find it for me!" I peek into the microscope and quickly spot one. "OK, look back in the eyepiece, Jose, it's wiggling in the upper right corner. Do you see it?" "I want to see too!" say three other students.
I teach in an urban public school that is strapped for money and resources, but certainly not lacking in energy and excitement.
My students are curious young teenagers, eager to learn about all of the science around them. Although our school is lacking in resources, a document camera would allow us to stretch our resources much further. For example, by attaching the document camera to a microscope and projecting the image on the screen, all of my students would get to see the exciting protists wiggling all around the slide rather than having to wait their turn student by student.
As a middle school science teacher, I have learned that it is crucial for my students to have hands-on experiences where they can see things first-hand. They love doing labs where they experience science themselves. Although we have some science materials, we often do not have enough working materials to go around but a document camera can help alleviate that problem and open up a whole world to my students.
A document camera is an important resource for other reasons as well.
When a student reads her friend’s journal entry, she will often work that much harder to get to the same level. It can be very powerful to be able to look at high quality student work and discuss its merits as a class, pushing students at all levels to try even harder. Document cameras can make that very easy. Help us get a document camera so that we can build the next generation of thinkers and scientists!
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