Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tech Thursday

Tech Thursday:

This week I wanted to highlight some ways I came up with to use the doc cams that some of you have in your classrooms.  I came up with a few ideas, but I invite you to please share some ways you use this tool for instruction in your classroom in the comments section below.


  1. Use the doc cam to snap a photo of a shared reading text (Comprehension toolkit, picture book, etc) and interact with it using the SMART Board 

  2. Take pictures of student work to share with the entire class for discussion.  Then save these in your SMART Notebook lessons for next year so you have student samples to show.

  3. Have students take pictures of their work when they finish.  This can be used a formative check to help guide your instruction for the next day.

  4. Take a picture of an object with the vocabulary word written underneath of it.  This will allow students to see pictures of the object and the word simultaneously.

  5. Snap photos of students work and use it to create rubrics as a whole class. (ex. quality journal entries, showing your work in math, writing samples)

Timeline Creator:

Timeglider is a free resource that allows users to create their own timeline.  According their website it is described as "Web-based timeline software for creating and sharing history.  It's like Google Maps, but for time.  This could be a great tool to make history come to life through images and links to videos or websites.  Another similar tool is Tiki-Toki which I was directed to by a student in the Options program.  This tool allows you to create a timeline, but you can include video, audio, and images.  If you are interested in either of these tools please let me know and we can plan how we could incorporate them into your classroom.

Tiki-Toki Screenshot:

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