St. Mary ’s Catholic Primary School, UK

Students learn about teeth like never before

"I have a quarter of the photocopying to do and therefore a lot more time to be focused on the children's learning."
- Kevin Oakley, Teacher, St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

Kevin Oakley of St. Mary's Catholic Primary School was first introduced to AVerVision visualizers (document cameras) at the 2007 BETT Show. He had previously used a scanner in his classroom, but found that it took longer to produce an image for the class to see and was only capable of displaying 2-D images. Soon after seeing the visualizer (document camera) demonstrated, Mr. Oakley purchased an AVerVision 110 Plus to integrate into his classroom presentation system. He has since noticed a drastic change in the level of motivation and learning in the classroom.

Before the visualizer (document camera), this St. Mary's classroom found itself in a predicament familiar to many classrooms; it was difficult for every student in the classroom to have a clear unhindered view of a demonstration. Both teacher and pupils were frustrated and it was creating a limited learning environment. Now with the visualizer (document camera), Mr. Oakley is able to do a moving demonstration under the camera for every student in the class to see.

Uses for the AVerVision visualizer (document camera) in this classroom are numerous. The younger students are shown the correct grip of a pencil and how to write letters. In the primary class the, children's own text is displayed for evaluation and praise. The visualizer (document camera) has also been used for a lesson on teeth. With the visualizer (document camera) they were able to capture pictures of the children's teeth and then print them off to further annotate in their workbooks. Uses for the visualizer (document camera) are limitless, and in this classroom they appreciate this aspect of the product and use it across their curriculum.

Surprisingly, Mr. Oakley was dubious to begin with.

He said, "It looked a little fiddly, but now I don't know how I coped without it. I just shove a page or object under the lens and away I go!"