Gidea Park Primary School, UK
SPC300 increases interactivity and helps develop pupils' presentations skills
"No particular expertise is required since they are 'plug and go'."
- Cathy Brooks, Teacher, Gidea Park Primary School
Cathy Brooks is a primary school teacher at
Gidea Park Primary School, in the London Borough of Havering. She is familiar
with several AVerVision
cameras), but more recently, she has been using the
SPC300. She especially enjoys using this model as it comes with
extra presentation features such as picture-in-picture, split screen and an on-screen
presentation timer, all of which enhance Ms. Brooks's classroom presentations.
Ms. Brooks uses her SPC300
with her interactive whiteboard to increase the effectiveness of a lesson.
In a recent art lesson teaching pupils to draw in perspective, a drawing was created
under the visualizer
(document camera) and
pupils were invited up to the interactive whiteboard to finish the drawing for the
classroom. "Not only can adults demonstrate how something is done, but children
can too," says Ms. Brooks. The pupils are also encouraged to put their own
drawings under the visualizer
(document camera) for
further discussion, feedback and/or peer marking. A
camera) helps develop a pupil's presentation skills as well as inspire
interactivity and discussion among pupils in the classroom, including those less
likely to speak up.
The onscreen timer is used to ensure pupils spend equal time reading text displayed
under the visualizer
"The pupils like using the timer, they enjoy counting down the last few seconds,"
says Ms. Brooks. The timer can also be used for science experiments to make certain
you receive a more accurate result. For math lessons a teacher can now demonstrate
the use of a protractor using the same small plastic protractor that the pupil uses
and make it easily visible to the class by working with it under the
visualizer (document camera).
Cathy Brooks says that when it comes to maths calculations, "I can place a
set of questions under the
visualizer (document camera),
which (pupils) can work from without the need for copious amounts of photocopying
or time spent writing on the board."
An AVerVision visualizer
(document camera) can
be used in virtually any lesson for any purpose. Teaching staff at Gidea Park Primary
School have discovered the benefits of having
cameras) in their classrooms and it has now become a fundamental learning
tool in several of their classrooms. Mrs. Diane Fussell uses an
AVerVision visualizer (document
camera) in her room and she says, "I would promote the
visualizer (document camera) to
any teacher... it's a really useful tool for all children's abilities."
"They are lightweight, durable and portable, which makes them easily accessible
within a school."
- Diane Fussell, Teacher, Gidea Park Primary School