(no, I'm not giving away a document camera! I'm sorry! I wish I could! I wish I had one for myself! I wish...I wish...but read on for the actual story.)
So, my school is very limited in the technology we have. For example, I technically have a computer for student use...but it sometimes boots up past the Windows start screen. It sometimes connects to the internet. There's a touch screen attached to it, but the touch screen hasn't worked for 4 years. We have switches to hook up to it, but the computer can't really handle that, so it freezes when we attempt. Yeah, we're tech-impaired. Which is pretty sad, especially for an all-special ed school. Money, and all that! We are an urban, high-poverty district, with all that that implies.
But, my school has recently gotten an extremely significant donation in the form of an estate...and we're able to look seriously at investing a lot, and spending just some on tech (among other pressing needs). I'm on a committee to decide what to do with "The Money," as we term it...We're getting some iPads, laptops (see: non-working student computer)...and we've been talking a lot about document cameras. Our school has one Elmo, but it's hoarded by one teacher and no one other than her has really been able to use it (don't get me started on that whole mess!).
I'd love to come to my committee with some real-teacher recommendations of different document cameras and projectors. So, here's my request: Give me recommendations! Give me anti-recommendations! What do you use in your classroom, what do you wish you had to use in your classroom...What are the pros and cons of the specific document camera and/or projector you have currently?
And for those of you who do help me and my committee and my school out...yeah, there's a little giveaway involved. I'm planning a bigger giveaway for my 100th follower celebration (I'm at 87 now, so getting closer!), but this is just a little something to say "thank you" - if you comment to let me know about the doc camera/projector system you use, you can enter to win a $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers! The giveaway is open for one week.
There are a few other ways to enter, too - this is my first time using the Rafflecopter, so I hope I'm doing this right!
a Rafflecopter giveaway