Our separate school-wide initiatives in Hebrew Immersion and in Technology came together today as our 3rd grade class took a new document camera for a test run. The document camera functions much as an overhead projector did in the past, except that now one need copy or write onto transparencies in order to project something for the class to see. In fact, with a document camera, one can project just about anything - from a textbook or student work to a piece of art or a biological specimen, and anything in between.
The document camera, coupled with our new wireless slates and the SMART Notebook software with which every class has been outfitted, is particularly useful in our lower school classrooms where we have introduced the Tal Am Hebrew Immersion program. As the Tal Am program produces all of its books and notebooks, many of which contain visual stimuli critical to teaching our children without having to translate into English, and as they are not yet available in digital form, the document camera allows the teacher to simply place the workbook under the camera, which projects an enlarged picture of it onto the whiteboard, and then the class can use the wireless slate to analyze the work and fill in the correct answers
Here's a quick video we took of our 3rd grade doing exactly that this morning:
As part of the Max Cooper Business and Technology Program we hope to purchase two document cameras. If you're interested in sponsoring the purchase of additional units for additional classrooms please let our business office know.