From handwritten formulas to line graphs and from geometrical shapes to protractors, math is a very visual medium. And in the classroom, sometimes it’s hard to share everyone’s work. But it becomes a lot easier with IPEVO’s signature doc cams. IPEVO has a document camera for every budget — from the ultra-affordable Point 2 View USB Doc Cam to the iZiggi-HD Wireless Doc Cam. Here’s how real math teachers have used IPEVO doc cams to engage and inspire their students by streaming real-time, high-resolution images of documents and objects.
Here’s a tech-savvy teacher who uses his doc cam for “Past Paper Live” as he works out problems from the last quiz for the benefit of everyone:
“There has hardly been a week that’s gone by where I’ve not used the camera since I first received it. It was very easy to install and the picture quality is excellent. I have been preparing classes for their exams this month and students have enjoyed our ‘Past Paper Live’ lessons. The students attempt a question in a set time, followed by watching through the use of the camera linked to the laptop/projector the ‘perfect’ way of answering the question (modelled by myself + showing the exam mark scheme).”
Teacher Diana Marcus loves to use an IPEVO doc cam to demonstrate math games teaching specific concepts — in this case, equivalent fractions. Mrs. Marcus can demonstrate the rules of the game just one time with a doc cam, instead of using up valuable time teaching it over and over again to each small group of students.
This enterprising teacher used physical tiles to help students through a word problem about perimeters. With a doc cam, 3D objects like tiles can be easily shared with the class in real time.
Ms. Silverboard uses math journals in her class, and it’s a cinch to share each student’s journal with a doc cam. IPEVO’s lightweight doc cams can be moved around quite easily.
This teacher keeps everyone on the same page (literally) by displaying today’s lesson, concepts, formulas, and word problems.
In this classroom, the Point 2 View is hard at work sharing material for the Bridges in Mathematics program.
Here’s a teacher sharing tangram-style tiles to teach about shapes and to enrich critical thinking. With a doc cam, everyone can see a student puzzling out their own tiles.
Here is Miss Hotnisky’s 2nd grade class working through math problems as a group. Particularly for difficult concepts or when many students are stumped, it’s extremely helpful to turn individual work into a group activity.
Second-grade math teacher Mrs. Godbout had this to say about her own doc cam, which she wirelessly streams to iPad for word problems:
“We received our Wireless Station for USB Document Camera and boy do we love it! The kids are solving math problems and correcting writing errors all with their finger and an ipad. They LOVE doing the same work that they avoid doing on paper. Thank you so much for making our learning FUN!!!!!”
For “Pi Day,” Mr. Keltner used his IPEVO doc cam in a very fun and unusual way:
“We blew bubbles in dish soap and measured their diameter and circumference to assemble a line of best fit so students could see where the number value for Pi comes from. Students were able to watch one group’s example using the IPEVO P2V on the projector, rather than have all students huddle closely around one group and cause all sorts of interference. All in all, these IPEVO products increased the understanding, efficiency, and participation of my students and made this Pi Day lesson one they will remember.”
Teacher James Wilmott in the United Kingdom talks about what he sees as the key benefit of a doc cam in the classroom:
“It is used most often, and I believe for me most effectively, to share examples of students work. The students really like seeing their work being displayed on the whiteboard and take great pride in this. It also provides us with an opportunity to discuss parts of the lesson that we found difficult or for other students to suggest ways in which it could be improved.”
Math teacher Craig Kelly at Tiverton High School talks about some specific concepts he has had success presenting with a doc cam:
“Awesome!! I project students’ work and they can all celebrate a successful, well-presented example of written work. It gives the students something to aspire to. I have used the Ziggi Document Camera to demonstrate how to draw graphs and how to set up apparatus to investigate the laws of reflection and refraction. I have even used it to show the dispersion of light by a prism.”
And finally, Stefanie Jakus at Brodnicki School in Justice, Illinois uses her doc cam to help visualize concepts, improve handwriting and notation, and even create a weather graph:
“During math we use the camera to project an example of the workpages we are completing as well as manipulatives so the entire class has a chance to visualize the concept. The camera helps in both literacy and math when showing correct letter and number formations. We used our camera yesterday to help reproduce our February weather graph!
As you can see, the possibilities of using a doc cam in the classroom are just about endless. Interested in learning more and exploring the possibilities for yourself? Check out IPEVO.com for stories, examples, tutorials, the doc cam product pages, and much more.