This post is written for our December online training for the Year 1 Collaboration Coaches, but anyone interested can join the conversation.
Several of our Year 1 coaches just got their document cameras, while others have had them for some time. We offer a few Prospector University classes throughout the year and some summer breakout sessions on using them, but it’s through ongoing professional development, discussion, and use that we’ll get more and more comfortable with them.
I’d like for us to take some time to watch two different videos (aprox. 11 minutes). One video is to use the doc cam itself, and the other is the software that goes with it. Then, I’d like for us to think about how we can use it in our classrooms, and share ideas/tips.
The Document Camera
Watch this 3 minute training video to learn new ways this tool is operated:
What new things did you learn about using the doc camera from watching this video? Does ours work the same way?
Aver+Media Software: 2 options
There will be two options in here for you to view. One option is for those who are just being introduced to the software for the first time, the other is for those who use the Aver+Media and want to learn other advanced features.
Introduction to Aver+Media Software
If you are new to the software, then watch this 10 minute training video to learn new ways this tool is used:
What are the main things to remember about using this software? — Give it a try in your classroom. Refer to this video as needed.
If you chose the introductory option, you may skip over the “Advance Features” option, and go straight to “Using the Doc Cam in Class.”
More Advanced Features of Aver+Media Software
If you use the Aver+Media and want to learn other advanced features, then watch these 2 videos to learn about the virtual transparency and using the doc cam to create time-lapse videos:
Look at how Mr. Avery used his doc cam to capture his Tech Night for Parents to create a video:
To learn how Mr. Avery did this, click here.
What new things did you learn about using the doc camera from watching these videos?
Using the Doc Cam in Class
What are some ways we can use the doc cam in class? Why is a doc cam beneficial?
Here are a few resources for you to spend some time looking at:
How have you used a doc cam?
Set some goals
While the purpose of a tech tool is to help our students’ learning, we need to learn the basics first of how to use the tool and set some goals for implementing it. After we get some experience with it, focusing on the pedagogy and student learning becomes easier.
No matter where you are in the learning curve, it’s good to set goals so we get to the point where knowing when and how to use the document camera to enhance their learning.
What goals will you set to use your doc cam or to try something new with your doc cam?
What new things did you learn about using the doc camera from watching the videos?
Why is a doc cam beneficial?
How have you used a doc cam?
What are some ways we can use the doc cam in class?
*What goals have you set regarding the doc cam?