Thursday, April 26, 2012

Interactive Projection Camera {Giveaway}



Today I would like to introduce you to the Luna Interactive Projection Camera.  This three in one tool - video camera, still camera, web cam – simplifies your classroom presentation and increases productivity.  The camera is very small and portable – no more bulky overhead needed!  The tool easily connects to either your computer or smart board.


Here are just a few of the practical applications I came up with for using the projection camera:

~Use the video feature with narration to explain how to use manipulatives in math and science center activities.

~Project the pictures for your read aloud book so that no one on the carpet can complain about not being able to see ;)

~Take still shots of student writing samples to include in a digital portfolio.

~Project various blank charts and graphs from the computer to the board where the class can work together to fill them in with information corresponding with the lesson content.

~Share a nonfiction text from a book and search together for key non fiction features and/or details vs. main ideas.

~Use the web cam feature to engage the entire class in a Skype conversation with a career professional whose job description weaves in with your curriculum and/or an author sharing tips on quality writing.

I have to say, I even used the camera at home to project one of my recipes onto my laptop screen. As I was cooking I could walk away from the recipe and still see it projected.  I never had to touch it with my sticky ingredient fingers.

In experimenting with sharing lesson materials under the camera I discovered that jerky movements projected a bit fuzzy, but with smooth movements and the focus tool it was easy to adjust the clarity of still images.

I think this technology tool is incredibly affordable for all that it is capable of doing. I was really impressed with how easy the camera was to set up and use.  I put off getting started with it at first because I thought I would need to read through a manual to figure out all the features, but actually it is self explanatory once the cd is loaded in the computer.  There is a helpful button on the camera to project light on dark images that need to be shared clearly. Luna does not require any batteries, which eliminates a maintenance frustration. This is certainly a useful tool for a busy teacher who is looking for fun and effective ways to enhance instruction!



GIVEAWAY:
Learning Resourcesa leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms worldwide and learning toys, has offered our readers the chance to win a Luna Interactive Projection Camera (retail value $199)! We are really looking forward to getting this great technology tool in the hands of one of our teaching and learning families here on ABC & 123!
Entry Details:
Add your entries in the Rafflecopter widget.  This giveaway will close on Thursday, May 4th at 12:00 EST.  A winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter immediately and posted on ABC & 123 as soon as possible. The winner's Interactive Projection Camera will be sent directly from Learning Resources.


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24 comments:

  1. My daughter is really into taking pictures and videos. I'm sure she would love to play with this.

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  2. We were just talking about old projectors in our childcare credential class the other night and how useful they would be to teach children letters...project a letter on the wall and have them trace it with their finger. Just one of the many things you could use it for to teach children.

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  3. I can see this getting so much use! We could project different colors onto different colors on the wall to talk about color mixing. I'm going rto be teaching several classes at our homeschool co-op in the fall. I could use this for all of them!

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  4. This would be perfect when teaching anything! I can see it be very useful for math lessons and manipulatives-everybody could see what to do and nobody would be in their way! Love this!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  5. Love my overhead but it takes up SO much room. All of my overhead manipulatives would still be put to good use! Crossing my fingers:-)

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  6. I would use this to display the writing process & also with the use of math manipulatives. This is fantastic!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  7. My boys would love this and I can envision so many different ways to use it.

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  8. This is SO cool! I love the idea of using it for read alouds and to Skype!

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  9. I think it would be very useful for our homeschool, and not just for studies but for fun, like puppet shows, too.

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  10. This would be great to do demos for my special needs kindergartners!

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  11. I would so love to have one of these. It would be so much easier to share the little things that kids find on the playground.

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  12. I love that the Luna Interaction Projection Camera is so small. This would be wonderful to have!

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  13. This would keep my very busy first graders engaged!
    Melissa
    Mandmyoung@chartermi.net

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  14. I love your idea of using it for recipes! I bet it would be so useful for tons of things.

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  15. I've been wanting to purchase an overhead projector, but keep putting it off because of their size. This would be more space saving!!! I can only imagine the use we would get out of this in our homeschooling as well as our Scouts.

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  16. This would be a great tool to record my children doing different activities and sharing the video with friends and family. Thanks for the chance to win! New Follower. Hope to see you at True Aim.

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  17. I have an overhead, but I have really been wanting something like this to show more solid things, such as read aloud pictures, science labs, etc.

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  18. I would love to use this at school to make our read alouds into true "shared reading" experiences.

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  19. The Projection Camera would make a fabulous addition to our classroom. I would LOVE to use this in my room.

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  20. These cameras are awesome! You can read a book while projecting it on the board, or do whole group math lesson with the same manipulatives your students are using! Less confusion! Wonderful product!!

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  21. That looks super cool.Thanks for the chance.

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  22. Would love to have this nifty tool. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  23. I love the simplicity of it. I would probably use it for a variety of things, especially for read alouds.


    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  24. Have just added 2 iPads2s to my program. Have been looking at a smartboard to even offer more opportunities to actively involve the children in their learning. This camera looks like it would be an even better options.

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