Education like so many areas has changed and evolved greatly with technology in recent years. One of the best tools the modern teacher can deploy today is the visualiser.
In this post, we explore what is exactly a visualiser is, why it’s a game changer and how you can get one setup for your classroom today.
So, first things first…
What is a Classroom Visualiser?
A visualiser which is also known as a document camera is a tool that allows teachers to show any physical object to their pupils via a digital projector. The students can observe the teacher demonstrating text, images, artefacts, living things and even techniques like tying a bow.
Interesting concept, right? So why does this matter? Here are the top reasons why a visualiser is a solid investment for your classroom.
1) Much Better Visibility
Whether you want to show a very small object or even an insect – the power of visualisers magnification can display almost anything. As you can imagine, this makes the teaching process a lot easier and simple. No one is left out or behind. As the old saying goes – a picture is worth a thousand words. And in this case – it’s a live picture. Visualisers truly bring the learning to life.
Fortunately, most modern visualisers (again price dependent) have the power to really hone in on the finer details.
2) Better Engagement
Just like when you go to the cinema, the big screen totally changes the entire experience. Visualisers give you the power to captivate your audience. So, for your students, it is another way to take and process new information and concepts. Better engagement is better for everyone.
3) Better Live Modelling & Modelling Presentation
These are probably the biggest uses of visualisers. By showing exactly how you want a task to be done or completed – it clarifies your own thought process. For example, you could show how an exercise should be completed in a copybook using a visualiser. And while a traditional whiteboard can absolutely be used in this case – it is an alternative for many teachers. And of course – depending on the subject and specifics – a visualiser may be the best option to be crystal clear in your explanation.
4) It’s Economical
For the big impact you are getting – it’s at a relatively low cost. While there are different models and price ranges, generally speaking – they are very affordable (especially considering how much they can enhance and streamline everyday teaching in the classroom).
5) You have an opportunity to Upskill
Technology is not going anywhere. It will continue to evolve. To keep up with modern teaching practices, requires an embracement of tech, and with that visualisers. While the tech itself is user-friendly – it’s the new and fresh approach to education that can really help improve your skills.
6) Scanning and Photography
Modern visualisers offer great ways to capture lesson material or the work of students. They connect with third party software and websites that will live stream QR codes from your phone – so you don’t have to go through any trouble scanning them yourself! Furthermore, you can also use these cameras in schools as security devices by taking pictures of visitors.
7) Screenshot Availability
No matter what you are doing – you can at any point take a screenshot. This can be useful for numerous reasons. From marking and grading work to taking pieces out for future materials – it’s a very handy feature.
Plus, it’s versatile. Whether that’s art or English – capturing a moment is simple through the push of a button. With modern visualisers – you can also set screenshots at different intervals.
This would be very useful if you wanted to document the growth of a plant for example!
8) Doc-Casting Capability
Create once. Use Forever. Well maybe not forever but certainly you can get more mileage out of your everyday lessons. For example, if you are creating an instructional video – you can repurpose and reuse for later use. Once created and documented – you can put on YouTube, Vimeo, a relevant school, or education site or just simply share a link through WhatsApp or email. The options are endless!
For all the reasons above – the teaching and learning experience is greatly enhanced and streamlined. Of course, the tool is there to supplement and not replace a teacher. Certain things always will and should take time. But it can optimise your day.
Furthermore, as mentioned, by documenting your teaching – you can save time further down the line for yourself and others. For example, maybe there is a new teacher covering a class that you already did. You can send them the link of how you handled that art project (or whatever the visualiser use). Then, having viewed it, when you both have that conversation – things are already further down the path – saving everyone time.
What are the Best Classroom Visualisers?
One of best visualisers on the market is the Lumens DC125 Visualiser. This high-definition document camera is operated with only one USB cable connected to a computer. The extremely simple connection is enough to enable interactive presentations and more.
Other top Visualisers for the classroom include:
- Epson ELPDC07
- Aver AVER61P0U10000A