My students need a document camera so I can show them how to take notes and annotate texts.
"I don't get it, can you show me how you do it?" This is a question my students often ask me. It is easy to answer one-on-one but much more difficult answer for larger groups at one time. A document camera would allow me to model important reading and writing strategies to the whole class.
I teach a diverse group of forty-five sixth-graders split into two classes of 25 and 20, in a small public school in a low-income urban neighborhood.
Approximately sixty percent of my students begin the year reading below grade-level, and about one third of them are classified with some type of learning disability or special need. Most of them want to be "good readers" but are becoming frustrated after years of difficulty in elementary school. They love technology and enjoy having directions and texts projected onto the front board. Currently, I can project from a classroom computer, but a document reader would allow me to project almost anything that was being discussed or read for the whole class to see.
My students are visual learners. Listening to or reading the directions is not enough, they need to be able to see what they are supposed to do in action. With a document camera I could project the pages of novels, stories, and articles we read as a class to show students exactly where in the page I make inferences, stop to ask questions, or how I annotate the text as I read. I would also be able to show students how to take notes by hand, something my classes still have difficulty with in the sixth grade. In addition I could project writing samples and first drafts and model for students how I proofread, edit, and revise. Finally, a document camera would also allow me to complete charts and graphic organizers as an example, then ask the class to try it the the same way I showed them.
My students struggle with reading and writing.
They believe they "aren't good at reading" or they "hate" writing. I want my students to love reading and feel comfortable writing. A document camera is an engaging new technology that I believe with generate excitement among my students, open up a host of teaching strategies that I have not yet been able to use, and ultimately translate into my students becoming better readers and writersRead More
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