Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Canon's LV-X1 Projector & DZ-3600U Visualizer. (Educator's Evaluation)

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Canon's LV-X1 Projector & DZ-3600U Visualizer. (Educator's Evaluation)

Article excerpt

Many people think of a calculator or computer when they hear the term "technology in the classroom." But, there is more to technology than just the calculator and computer as a math tool. Last year I piloted the use of the Canon DZ-3600U digital document camera connected with the Canon LV-X1 projector to take my class to the next level of learning.

One of the first adaptations was to take pictures of the written notes on the overhead projector with the digital camera, then download them to a public folder online for access by the students on a daily basis. Thus, it has freed the students from having to take their own comprehensive notes, which allows them to really listen to the lecture and be part of the discussion. Now, when I ask the students a question, they are looking up, not diligently copying what was said three steps ago. Instead of focusing on what is being written: as the only medium for learning, the students are able to listen and process the material in a different way--knowing that the entire set of notes will be online within the hour.

Another major change in teaching style is the ability to place text (or another item) under the document camera. This lets teachers focus on a proof, the steps of a problem or a graph, as well as point out key words or phrases in the reading. This also speeds up the lecture, allowing more time for processing and questions since I no longer have to write out every step, but can now simply point out the key parts. The ease of setting a calculator on the screen makes it simpler to teach key strokes, show graphs or have the students come up to show their work. …

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