Webcams in the Classroom


Webcams are an inexpensive way to have a document camera/video camera in the classroom.

Example from 7th Grade Math. (Thanks to Rich Thomas and Natalie Ortega): Comp test

Document Cameras:


Set up the web cam on the stand and have them point down to the surface.
Show
  • manipulatives
  • Notes
  • Student Work

Video Camera:


  • Video podcasts for students who are absent - http://www.pageflakes.com/barry.bakin/12217248/
  • Create tutorials for frequently asked questions
  • Record the grading of papers - especially essays. That way students can see and hear why the scores are what they are. Helpful when you can't alwasy have the one-on-one conference time.
  • Record the classroom
  • Record student presentations. presentation recordings can be used for individual student viewings for self-evaluation--could also be used as part of a digital portfolio.
  • Stop-action animation, or claymation - http://coetechcenter.wichita.edu/claymation/ - examples of claymation with webcams. http://www.clayanimator.com/english/stop_motion_animator.html
  • Record instructions for your class when you are going to be out.
  • Create newsprograms
  • Take pictures and have student narrate. Upload to bubbleshare.com.

Webcam:

  • Connect with real-world experts
  • http://flashmeeting.open.ac.uk/home.html - Check this out as a meeting place.
  • Collaborte with other schools.
  • xmeeting!
  • penpals - kids connect with other kids to learn languages, etc. After meeting face to face then they can collaborate using wikis, etc.

Connecting with Others:


http://www.cilc.org/
http://www.i-camz.com

Skype in Education:
http://www.isteconnects.org/2009/02/15/the-many-roles-of-skype-in-the-classroom/
Skype to connect 7th graders with a historian:
http://thinkinginmind.blogspot.com/2009/02/skype-with-sheldon.html
Skype in the library (with an author)
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6515247.html
Skype uses in the classroom - list of ideas and projects with links
http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/30/50-awesome-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/
Authors who Skype with Classes:
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6673572.html
http://kmessner.livejournal.com/106020.html