My Favorite Classroom Tools<br />Carrie Gass<br />
Desktop computer<br />The opportunities are endless with a computer! Students can do research and use interactive websites. Teachers can use this to keep track of grades or use this to show videos to a class on the projector.<br />
Lap Top<br />A lap top is a portable computer. It is beneficial because students can work independently but can also put the cover down if you need their attention.<br />
Projector<br />A projector projects images from a computer to a large surface. This helps a teacher or another student share videos or images or show how to do something to the whole class. <br />
Document Camera<br />Also known as a visual presenter, a document camera captures real-time images and displays them to large audiences. This is great for showing how to do a math problem, reading a book or performing a dissection.<br />
Digital camera<br />Digital cameras take still images and are great for projects. Students can take pictures and make PowerPoint presentations out of them.<br />
Smart Board<br />A smart board is an interactive white board. The software for the smart board is loaded onto a local computer and the smart board-compatible software can then be called upon for use on the screen. Kids love interacting with it!<br />
Interwrite pad<br />Interwrite pads are basically portable Smart Boards. The benefit to this, however, is you can walk around the room and keep an eye on the kids as you are writing on the board.<br />
Alphasmart<br />Alphasmarts are portable word-processing keyboards. They are great for students who have trouble writing or cannot spell very well. <br />
inspiration<br />Inspiration is software that creates graphic organizers. This is great for students who need help organizing information.<br />
internet<br />The internet enables students to learn independently. Students can do research and webquests or use interactive tutorials. This would be great for distance learning as well!<br />
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