Equipment Resources

Resources to support the implementation of the equipment provided at the end of year 1 of the training will be provided here. This includes use of the document cameras and projectors. If you have anything to add, including tips, or examples, please use the comments area at the bottom of the page to include your suggestions. You can also submit questions or requests for future tutorials in this area. Note that each of these tutorials can also be viewed through the video section of the site.


Document Camera and Projector Setup

The video below is from the last day of the year one Algebra for All training and shows how to initially connect and set up your document camera and projector.


Document Camera Tutorials

The following videos explain how to connect your document camera to your computer and use it to capture still pictures or video.

Connecting the Camera to Your Computer:

Regardless of what program you use to capture images, you need to begin by connecting your document camera to your computer.


Capturing Still Images to Your Computer:

This tutorial shows how to use the Avervision Software (that came with the document camera) to capture still images to your computer. Use this to capture and save student work, class notes, or anything else you set beneath the camera.


Capturing Video to Your Computer (Avervision Software):

This tutorial explains how to use the Avervision Software (that came with the document camera) to capture video with your document camera. Use this to record student or teacher presentations (and don't forget, the camera doesn't have to point down). Note that you may need to use an external microphone to record voice along with your video.


Capturing Video to Your Computer (Windows Movie Maker):

This video was created by Tom Adams, an AfA Online Peer Coach. In this video he shows how to use the document camera and Windows Movie Maker to capture video to your computer. A great advantage of this method is the ability to easily edit the video you capture with Windows Movie Maker before publishing it.

Teacher Examples:

In this area we will share teacher-created examples. If you have sample videos or pictures that you created using your document camera, add them to the photos or videos section of the site and send a message to David Young (dyoung@mivu.org) to get them added here.

Podcasts of Lectures:

This video was submitted by Tom Adams, an AfA Online Peer Coach. This is an example of a lecture recorded with his document camera (using the method he explained in the tutorial above).

Resources for the Projector

The projector is a necessary tool for utilizing the document camera in your classroom. However, it also has the advantage of being able to project any image from your computer for your students to see. If you are just getting started with a projector in your classroom, it is helpful to get exposed to a variety of online content that would be particularly useful to use in front of the classroom. Links to these resources will be shared in this area.

Algebra for All Resources:

  • Calculator Tutorials: See the Calculator Tutorials section under the Resources tab on this site. There are a variety of tutorials for TI-84's and links to TI-NSpire tutorials that would be great to share with your classes with the projector.
  • Algebra for All Online Activities: MVU has developed a large number of online activities and interactives to support the Algebra for All project. Explore the examples in the Resources tab of this site. The Algebra Tiles and Shapes of Algebra activities are great places to start.

Online Interactive Activities (Virtual Manipulatives):

  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: Interactive Math Applets are great tools for demonstrating with your projector. The NLVM collection is one of the most popular collection of math applets on the internet for good reason- there are lots of activities and they are all of excellent quality.
  • Geogebra: Not really a virtual manipulative, but rather a complete online tool for Algebra and Geometry (think Geometer's Sketchpad for free). Use it as a graphing calculator, demonstration tool, have students use it for projects, or use the interactive features to create your own virtual manipulatives. This is a powerful, FREE program that is worth every math teacher's attention.
  • WisWeb: This site is not as well known as NLVM, but has some great virtual manipulatives.
Note: This is just a preliminary list, that will continue to be updated. Please share your favorite resources for use with your projector in the comments section below.

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Comment by Jon LeMire on March 7, 2011 at 1:48am

Many of the links found on the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives are wonderful!  Having access to these resources will eliminate the confusion I often create for my students when my nonartistic-self attempts to draw various things on the board.  Specifically, I cannot wait to use the links to the balance scales and the function machine.

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