I haven’t posted on technology ideas for ages, but I had a great idea half way through my Maths lesson this morning which I thought was worth sharing.
We were doing an addition investigation on mini whiteboards and I discovered that one pair was using some exemplary problem solving methods. I wanted to share their work with the whole class, but I had left my visualiser unplugged. I have been using Evernote on my iPhone a lot recently to photograph memos and documents, and it occurred to me I could use this instead.
The Dropbox application for iPhone has at some point added a camera feature, which you can use to take a photo or video and automatically upload it to your Dropbox account, in turn automatically downloading it to any computer you have set Dropbox up on. Therefore, if you open the Dropbox app on your iPhone or iPod touch (not sure if android version has this function), you have a portable document camera that can photograph work in any part of the classroom (or even outside…) and near instantly display it on a projector or interactive white board.
This allowed me to share examples of good work on the board without interrupting and having children traipse up to the front, and I can think of some interesting further uses that could be developed, especially for relaying photos from outside of the classroom back to a different group.
As a caveat, please do think carefully about what you photograph using your personal device and check acceptable use policies. Don’t get yourself into trouble for taking pictures of children on your phone.