Can you transform professional development with the document camera in your classroom? If you’re anything like me, the first thing that comes to mind with this useful tool is modeling for students. I loved having a document camera in my classroom. As a professional development provider, I love having an easy-to-use document camera I can take with me when I move from one classroom to the next. This is where a HUE camera comes into play.
I’m writing this blog post in early May. And just last week, I knew I wanted to do something a bit different than just sharing my screen during a professional development session. This session was virtual, and I wanted to make sure everyone attending could see clearly as I sketched out ideas on a piece of paper.
So how can a classroom document camera help transform professional development?
In today’s blog post, we’ll look at HUE HD Pro document camera and how the HUE Camera software can help transform the professional development teachers are a part of this year.
Professional Development for Teachers
If you are in a professional learning role or helping to develop professional learning for your colleagues, it can be helpful to think outside of the box. In the same ways we model and share an idea with students, you might move away from a traditional professional learning session and use classroom-friendly tools like an inexpensive document camera.
Let’s look at three reasons to try the HUE HD Pro camera for professional development this year.
Step outside of your comfort zone
If technology has “gone wrong” for you when working with a group of students or teachers, you know how stressful it can be. When working on new skills like giving presentations to colleagues, having an easy-to-use document camera is essential. The HUE HD Pro camera and HUE Intuition software are perfect for leading a professional development session. You can use it in face-to-face sessions or virtually.
Note: Do you want to step out of your comfort zone to make TikTok videos or YouTube videos? Use the HUE camera to record quick videos for bite-sized lessons.
Collaborate with other educators and colleagues
The HUE camera and software lets teachers connect online and share best practices. HUE has also created a series of free guides. These guides cover how to collaborate and use the HUE HD Pro document camera with the popular video conferencing platforms. So if you want to host a webinar (like I did last week) or set up a brainstorming session with an educator on Zoom or MS Teams, you can use a HUE camera during the call.
Reflect and Self-Evaluate
Regular blog readers know that I’m a big fan of goal setting and reflection. This easy-to-use, plug-and-play document camera will come in handy if you’re committed to this, too. With HUE camera, teachers can record lessons for observations, mentoring, or professional development. Once you have a recording, you can share it with a mentor, colleague, or anyone who can offer feedback. Alternatively, if you’re recording lessons for a flipped classroom, you can record, review and improve content before sending it to students.
By recording and reviewing your lessons, you can reflect on your practice and set goals for the school year. This practice is certainly useful, even if you never share the recordings with anyone else. For example, you might decide to reflect on videos right after you’ve completed a lesson. Or you might look at videos you created earlier in the school year to track progress on your goals.
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