Posted Under (IPEVO, P2V, P2V Educators) by ipevoblog on 06-21-2010
We’ve been talking a lot lately about the Point 2 View USB Camera and education. Recently, we heard from a teacher who has succeeded in using the Point 2 View to win over some very tough critics: a classroom full of third-graders!
Andrea Levesque teaches third grade at Maple Wood Elementary in New Hampshire. As she explained, she has always embraced the notion of integrating technology into the learning process:
“I take every new technology initiative as a personal challenge. Technology is great for motivating the students, and for inspiring them to go further with their learning.
Andrea introduced her class to the Point 2 View, and her students have responded: she’s been using it almost every day.
“We’ve been preparing for NECAP [the New England Common Assessment Program],” Andrea told us. “I have each student write a paper on a topic, and then the kids take turns using the Point 2 View to display their papers on the whiteboard, getting immediate feedback on their work. This is a great way to spur class discussion, and to help make writing more interactive and fun.”
Andrea shared the secret to her success:
“I let the students take charge with the Point 2 View. They direct the camera themselves, which is possible because the Point 2 View is so simple and easy-to-use, unlike our clunky overhead projectors. This increases the level of interactivity, and learning is that much more effective when students are engaged and involved.”
Reader’s theater is another activity for which the Point 2 View has been used in Andrea’s class. In reader’s theater, students are assigned characters from a play, and they perform their dialogue in front of the class, reading from the book. Andrea explained how she set up her class’ theater:
“We mounted the Point 2 View on top of the laptop using the monitor clip. The image was then projected to the whiteboard. The group that was performing faced the camera, and while they read they were able to watch themselves on the whiteboard. The rest of the kids could watch the screen or the actual kids.
“Technology like the Point 2 View is so promising because students are more fully participating in their learning,” Andrea concluded. “And when that happens, lessons are much more likely to be remembered and retained.”
Many thanks to Andrea, and to her class! It’s good to hear the Point 2 View has found a place in your classroom.
To learn more about how the Point 2 View can help education, click here to download the education flyer in PDF format.
To visit the Point 2 View USB Camera’s product page: http://www.ipevo.com/Point-2-View-USB-Camera_p_70.html