Over the past few weeks I have used my Lumens HD 265 Ladibug document camera several times to show hands on materials (manipulatives) and activities online!
Here are a couple of examples of how I used it online:
Ex 1) I taught an online session on how I teach with technology in my classroom. One of the examples I used was to have all my students using fraction pieces while I taught with them from the front of the room.
So the students can see what I am doing with the pieces, the Ladibug document camera can show my hands moving the pieces live during class, projected onto the screen. (These still images and the video below were all taken by the Lumens DC265 Ladibug!!)
To demonstrate this to the participants online, I was able to share my desktop in the session, and show the document camera’s live feed running on my computer screen!
I was even able to toggle back and forth between the Ladibug document camera’s view, and the other programs I was running on my computer to teach the session!
Not only can you show what you are holding and teaching with live through the camera, but the Ladibug HD 265 also records video and audio! Here is the same lesson above, but the video version, which I can now post online for students to see.
(Why won’t the blog let me embed an .mp4 file??)
Ex 2) I was creating a video for my students on how to use the graphing calculator. I no longer need to capture the screen of the calculator using special software!
I can show them which buttons to hit and the screen, all at the same time!
I can even zoom in on the screen so they can see a graph more clearly:
Or zoom in on the equation used to create the graph…
All of this can be done live during class, or I can record the calculator lesson directly from the Ladibug camera and then post the lesson to my website!
Above you can see the menu that “floats” on my desktop when I am using the document camera, making it very easy to switch to any other program or back to the document camera, also allowing me to zoom, take still images and video with the camera!
I can’t wait to teach my Math For Elementary Teacher’s class in a few weeks! No more overhead projector, no more graphing calculator overhead…just the document camera to show all the manipulatives and the calculator both as I teach, and as online lessons for outside of class!