WOOHOO, SNOW DAY! Although when I looked out my window this morning... there was literally no snow. It's a huge county, perhaps another area in the county got snow?? It is rather foggy out. So I will just pretend it's a fog day. Look at the picture out my window, you can barely even see the Capitol it's so foggy. Whatever, I am not complaining. I have felt a little under the weather the past two days, so this is just what I need. It has been a relaxing day of watching the Daily Show, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the Daily Show, and CNN. I'll go to yoga at 6 pm, and it shall officially be a successful day! Oh, I also did laundry. You know, to be productive.
We have SmartBoards at my school, but I think that using doc cams are a terrific resource. I used doc cams during my student teaching, and there are many uses for it. Two years ago, my teammates and I received document cameras with some extra money from our school. Each cost about $120. Well, let me tell you, there is an enormous range of document camera qualities. We thought we got an awesome deal, since some go all the way up to $1,000. NOPE. The lag time was horrible, to the point where I did not ever use it. I always felt guilty about my sad, terrible document camera hanging out in my classroom armoire, but it simply wasn't worth taking it out only to struggle for ten minutes with it.
I have been using this doc cam like crazy. I have not used it for math or language arts (since I almost always teach those either half class at my easel or in small groups of five kids), but this thing is beast for social studies and science. Now we can fill out charts, Frayer models, and flow charts together. It is much easier than me attempting to draw a lopsided and wonky chart on the board. It saves both the students and I so much time to fill in handouts or graphic organizers together.
Below is the picture with the iPad in it (the iPad cover is on too, the stand is adjustable and takes like one millisecond to stick the iPad into), and below is the stand without the iPad in it. Please ignore how messy the area looks. Embarrassing. I hate when cords stick out like that bottom picture, usually I tuck them behind the speakers.
I purchased the Copernicus Dewey stand, which I love and would highly recommend. But there are lots of options on Amazon, this one was more on the pricy side. However, it is expensive because it's stable and not tippy. I have seen ones in other classrooms that are tippy, which makes me nervous. I have 28 students in one classroom, accidents happen. I would hate for someone to run into the document camera if they are lining up and to knock it over! This is absolutely not a concern with this document camera stand. If you're interested in the Copernicus Dewey iPad Document Camera Stand that I purchased, here is the link.
Do you have an iPad but no document camera stand? Try getting one, I promise that you will love the ease and efficiency of it. Have a great day, stay warm :-)