Digital Shapeshifter

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Digital Shapeshifter: Visual teaching, differentiated learning, and formative assessment with the classroom Document Camera

Powerful Teaching – Visual Learning

Few technologies have spread to K–16 classrooms as quickly and pervasively as the document camera. Rapidly and single-handedly, this device has forced antiquated overhead projectors into back room closets and surplus sales. In addition, few technologies are this easy to use. Still, few educators employ the true power, flexibility, and potential of this richly visual tool for powerfully and creatively transforming
classroom instruction …until now.

Author: Len Scrogan

Grades K - 12

Your classroom document camera is nothing less than a digital “Swiss Army knife” including eight different “blades” or tools:

  • It’s an opaque projector…without the bulky size
  • It’s a scanner…only faster
  • It’s a document viewer…in full color
  • It’s a 3D object/artifact projector…use with hard-to-handle realia
  • It’s a micro lens…see the hidden world
  • It’s a digital still camera…capture those special moments
  • It’s a digital video camera…plan or spontaneously record

Topics include:

  • How to teach creatively with the document camera
  • Assessment and the document camera
  • Scanning and the document camera
  • The art of doc-casting
  • When the students take over the document camera
  • How to successfully implement document cameras in your school
  • Implementing document cameras: a successful district case study
  • Aim for learning: visual teaching and brain research
  • Trends and new developments in document cameras
  • Tips and tricks
  • Evaluating how well document cameras are being used in your building
  • Selecting the right document camera

Lesson Plans:

  • Area of a Rectangle: Real World Problem Solving
  • 3D Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
  • Picturing Spanish Vocabulary
  • Expository Writing
  • Rags to Riches: A Lesson in Embellishing
  • Review of Linear Equations
  • Anatomy of the Heart
  • Life Cycle Models


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