Filed Under (IPEVO, P2V, P2V Educators) by ipevoblog on 2010-12-16
Here’s a math problem: The Point 2 View camera, plus 4th grade math, multiplied by 21. Does that all equal success in the classroom? According to one teacher, yes indeed! We had a chance to check in with Terry Rex, a 4th grade teacher from Wings Park Elementary School in Oelwein, Iowa. He teaches 21 students in a self-contained classroom.
Earlier in the year, Terry was introduced to the Point 2 View at a math workshop, and he saw the potential for the camera to help students with math problems. Terry told us about the school’s decision:
“The extremely affordable price allowed us to purchase enough cameras to outfit all of our classrooms that wanted one. I think affordability is one of the camera’s biggest selling points.” The school ended up purchasing 21 cameras.
Terry explained how he uses the camera in class:
“I have used the camera multiple times to have students share their math work during our problem-solving activities. I have also used it to make YouTube videos of our class pets to put on our class website; I really like the ability to take snapshots. And early on, we purchased 15-foot USB extension cables, so the portability of the camera has been wonderful.”
To maximize visibility of the text and equations projected on screen in the dim classroom, Terry had a ready solution:
“We had some initial issues with lighting, but we solved them by setting a lamp next to our camera, so that when we turn off the lights, we can still clearly see the items under the camera.”
Terry also emphasized how easy the Point 2 View is to use, particularly for those who might otherwise find such technology to be bothersome or intimidating:
“Many of our tech-challenged teachers have expressed how easy it has been to use their camera. I know some of these teachers use the Point 2 View every single day. It’s perfect for large group sharing opportunities.”
A sincere thank you to Terry and everyone at Wings Park Elementary. It’s great to know the Point 2 View is making fractions, decimals, long division, units of measure, and all that other good stuff a little easier to learn!
To visit the Point 2 View USB Camera’s product page: http://www.ipevo.com/Point-2-View-USB-Camera_p_70.html