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18 Interesting Ways* to use a Visualiser in the Classroom *and tipsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.
#1 - Use it to peer review lesson workPlace a piece of work on thevisualiser at the end of alesson, and allow the class todiscuss the positive featuresof the work produced.Why not go a step further andallow the children to createthe "3 stars and a wish" forthe work (3 good points, andsomething to aim for in thenext piece of work).
#2 - Use it to model nets of shapesIn numeracy activities, youcan place a net of a shape onthe visualiser, and invitepupils to come out andconstruct the 3D shape.The rest of the class can viewthe process of constructingthe shape. they work through theIf you use the video function problem, and save it aswithin some visualisers, you evidence of theircan also record the pupils as understanding.
#3 - Make an animationUse the camera to make ananimation. Design some splitpin models (to create limbmovement), use fuzzy feltshapes, or just draw acharacter, and place themover a background.Take a photograph of the If your visualiser allows you toscene, before moving the rotate the camera angle, youcharacter slightly. Put them can create 3D animation tooall together in moviemaker or using plastic brick characters.2animate to make a movie.
#4 Use it to Investigate Magnetic FieldsUse bar magnets and ironfilings to show magnetic fieldpatterns of a single magnet,then pairs of attracting andrepeling magnets.Children predict whatpatterns will be like with Individuals and groups can testother magnets of different out their predictions and thenshape or strength e.g. show their results to the rest of thehorseshoe, ring etc class
#5 Combine it with a Smartboard If you can connect your visualiser to a Smartboard, then you can grab an image of a piece of work and manipulate it. Take a piece of text and grab the image on the Smartboard. Blank out some of the words -Take a childs piece of writing can the children correctly workand - using the Ink Layer on a out the missing content?Smartboard - write over the Flick back to the visualisertop of the work without ruining image to compare theirthe original. choices.
#6 Use it as a magnifying glassSome visualisers have an Zoom in on a flower to lookimpressive zooming ability inside the petals.within their camera. Use thisfacility to take a closer look at Zoom in on a drop of water toobjects during lessons. see the shape it makes. Zoom in on a tissue to see the fibres that it contains. Zoom in... If the camera can be rotated, take a close look at objects from different angles too.
#7 Class Texts on the IWBRather than photocopy 30versions of a page of text to usein a literacy lesson - put thebook you are using on thevisualiser. That way everyone inthe class can see it easily.You can also point to a Use the visualiser with aparticular word / sentence and Smartboard and you canthe whole class can see where grab the page of text andyou are pointing. annotate it with pupil comments, thoughts and ideas.
#8 View changes over timeWatch a plant grow over a Watch the images back usingperiod of time. Place the plant the "slideshow" option inon the visualiser and take a windows photo album foldersphoto of it. Over a week / month to view the changes to therepeat this once a day. plant.
#9 Use it as a WebcamIf you can rotate the camera onyour visualiser, you can pointthe lens towards the class anduse it to video conference.You will still need to installvideo conferencing softwareon the computer, and tell thesoftware to use the visualiseras a webcam, and you mightneed an external mic.
#10 Model skills to the whole classShow the class how to performa particular skill easily bydemonstrating it on thevisualiser;Model handwriting stylesDemonstrate an art technique Model a science investigationModel a procedure in Maths Show how to read a thermometerDemonstrate needlecraft Show how to use a protractor
#11 Use it to learn about symmmetryIf youve got a visualiser Place some coloured cubes onwith lots of extra features, the visualiser base and freeze theyou might have one that image. Once youve split theallows you to freeze the screen you can let children showimage, and then split the how the cubes will appear ifscreen. If so, you can use reflected.the visualiser for all sorts ofsymmetry work.
#12 Make your own visualiser for £30 For about £20 you can get a good camcorder from ebay. Spend another few pounds making a rig for it and you have a very cheap visualiser!This is great when a visualiserjust wont fit enough into screen- like when drawing on A3paper.Use it to model exactly what thepupils have to do without themcrowding round one desk
#13 Use it in assemblyIf you have a projector in the hall, you could use avisualiser in assembly. It could be used to display a visualaid, share good work, or to show words for hymn practice. Tip: If you have hymns on acetates, place a plain sheet of paper under the acetate. This will help the visualiser to show the text more clearly.
#14 - Teach Calculator UseDifferent calculators workdifferently. Use thevisualiser to show how toefficiently use each of themost common models.In real time you can showhow to convert fromDegrees to Radiansmodes, or how to use thefraction button or convertfrom surd to decimalsetc... From @Chris_1974
#15 Dissections in ScienceGet a close up view of flower, organ and other dissectionswithout having a whole class crowded round a table. Canannotate over top of images when displayed in IWB.Can save images for use later. @dannynic
#16 Sharing apps using ipad/ipodSelect and downloadexcellent apps for learning,such as, Epic Citadel, DragonDictation, Percy Parker singsthe Times Tables, PuppetPals, Tribbs to name a few.Then use your visualiser toproject these through yourIWB for all to share. @nickynewbury
#17 A portable VisualiserIf you have an android phone, you can download (free)ipwebcam.This is a simple piece of software that can feed your androidphone camera to your IWB. No need to get student work to thefront, simply wander around the class, and point your phone.@Chris_1974(pictures to follow).
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