Posted on September 22, 2008 by thereadingzone
Today I used Wordle in the classroom for the first time. I loved it! More importantly, the kids loved it!
We have been working on thinking about our reading in reading workshop and today’s mini-lesson was about using our thinking to write a paragraph explaining our thoughts. We were reading Sandra Cisneros’ “Eleven” (one of my personal favorites) and the kids were going to jot their thoughts while we read.
However, I decided to Wordle the story first and presented it my class under the document camera. I explained how Wordle worked and then we talked about the words that seemed most prominent. My students then used that thinking to make some predictions about the plot of the story and the direction it would take. It prompted some really great ideas and the visual really kept the kids interested. I can definitely foresee using this a lot this year!
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Posted on September 21, 2008 by thereadingzone
Wow! This past week both of my classes were witness to one of nature’s miracles- the emergence of a monarch butterfly from its chrysalis. I have never managed to have both classes view this miracle as monarch usually emerge early in the morning, before we arrive at school. This year, I remembered to move their cage into the air-conditioned (and dark) supply closet overnight. When I removed them in the morning, both chrysalids were dark. I assumed that they would both emerge that morning. Well, lucky us- one held off until after lunch!
What made this experience even better was the fact that I hooked up the document camera and placed it only a few inches from the chrysalis. Then, I hooked up the document camera to the TV. Well, watching the monarch emerge, close-up, on the TV was amazing! (And it allowed me to keep the kids away from the cage so they didn’t inadvertently knock into it). Well, you could hear a pin drop as we watched our two boys crawl out of their chrysalis, flip upside-down, and slowly begin pumping their wings.
I love my document camera!!!
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Posted on September 9, 2008 by thereadingzone
Today I used my document camera in front of the class for the first time and it was a huge success! The kids loved it and were fascinated that I could now show items on the board in color. It definitely takes some getting used to (I kept moving the paper in the wrong direction) and I need to rearrange my front tables so that I can use the camera easily. I look forward to using it even more as the weeks go on!
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Posted on September 2, 2008 by thereadingzone
I am so excited! Today I got to play with our school’s new document camera! I am thrilled because I am already dreaming up ways to use it in class. However, I would love to know how you use document cameras in your classes.
Do you have a document camera? Do you rely on it daily or just pull it out every so often? What are some of your favorite ways to use it?
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Posted on November 11, 2007 by thereadingzone
While looking at all the new products displayed at the NJEA Convention, I decided I really want a document camera (or an ELMO). My overhead projector works well enough, but it drives me crazy that I have to copy anything I want to display onto a transparency and then use it. A document camera would allow me to display everything from our read-alouds to my own writing notebook and work from there. It would be in color and could even use the same screen as my smartboard for the display! Of course, document cameras are not cheap. I know I can not afford to buy one on my own, so that means I have to convince the district that we need one or find a grant. I know I can go through DonorsChoose, but I am wondering if there are any grants out there in cyberspace that are for ELMOs/document cameras in particular. I am googling for every combination I can think of, but no luck yet!
Does anyone out there in the blogosphere use a document camera in their classroom? Specifically, in a language arts classroom? I would love to hear about your experiences and even recommendations!!
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