An interview with Brooke Shamhart, 6th grade teacher, on behalf of AVer Information, Inc.
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ESD: Tell our readers about yourself, and how you became involved with AVer’s TabCam
BS: My name is Brooke Shamhart, and I am in my 6th year of teaching in Laveen, Arizona. At
Rogers Ranch, we are a 1-to-1 iPad school, where all my students use iPads on a daily basis. This tool alone has become an integral part of my daily lessons. This year, AVer approached Rogers Ranch to pilot their new TabCam wireless streaming camera because of our 1-to-1 iPad initiative. I was one of the lucky teachers given the opportunity to try TabCam and to integrate it into my traditional and iPad curriculum.
ESD: Tell us about the TabCam and how it works?
BS: Basically, TabCam is a wireless camera that streams live video directly to my iPad. I can use it just like a document camera, but since it’s wireless, I can move the camera anywhere in the room while keeping my iPad mobile. The app comes with a lot of interactive tools that allow me to manipulate the live video, and add supporting images and video while annotating and marking the whole project. One of the best features of the TabCam is that I can record the entire lesson, including my audio, any annotation I added, any other content, then instantly upload it to DropBox.
ESD: How has this product helped you in the classroom?
BS: When I first started with TabCam, I used it like a regular document camera, but then realized there was so much more to it. The mobility part of it was great since I wasn’t tied to one location and I could move it anywhere while controlling the camera from the app. Once I got into the interactive tools like the annotation and lesson creation, I was able to demonstrate content from the live camera and include supporting elements from other sources. Recently, my class conducted a pH experiment with various solutions. I moved the camera to the different groups so everyone could see the strips change colors as each were tested and I was also able to note the differences and tie them to a pH color chart I brought into the app. During the lesson, I recorded the entire thing through the app from start to finish, and once it was completed, I immediately posted it to DropBox where my students could review it later, or absent students could experience it. The lesson was easy, yet interactive and comprehensive.
ESD: How do you see using TabCam in the future?
BS: It really seems unlimited in the sense that I can still demonstrate real content in my class, while having the interactive features to support it. I’d like to start using the upload feature more, not only for student review at home but also to create lessons for substitutes and even share with other schools for collaborative projects. I am also testing a Flipped Classroom Model, and this product gives me the best of all worlds whenever I need.
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