Monday, August 18, 2014

Classroom Must-Haves BLOG HOP & GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to join a couple of my fellow Tennesseans for this blog hop.  We will be talking about those classroom must-haves.  You know the one thing you could NOT live without in your classroom.  And for a little added bonus, we are also offering one lucky reader a Winner's Choice item from each of our TPT stores, so don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post!
Last year I accepted a new position in a school that was not Title 1.  This was new for me and the amount of technology was the biggest difference I noticed.  So I was left without a SmartBoard, a slew of Mac's, and the HoverCams that I was accustomed.  These were my staples, that made each day flow smoothly.  I managed to get a laptop that I hooked up to a projector and an E-Beam, there were some PC's in my trailer portable that worked fine, I was just spoiled by always having MACs.  
So entering this new position I didn't have all my lessons prepared in PowerPoints or my worksheets saved on a flash drive anymore.  Most of the curriculum was already written and I had hard copies.  So I longed for my good 'ol HoverCam.  No extras ones were available in the school so.......I started to research cheap cost effective document cameras, that would work for me.  And there it was, the solution to all my problems, behold the IPEVO document camera.
This jewel plugs right into the computer's USB port and you're ready to go.  I can use this to project worksheets to model examples, as a webcam for chatting with on-line pen pals, or I can point it at any child that may not be paying attention or having a side conversation!  

Here are just a few examples, from their website, of how you can use this awesome product.

This baby has saved my life and didn't break the bank.  It is under $70!!!!  This is pennies compared to the cost of a HoverCam and it works just as well.  If you don't wanna come out of pocket, this would be a great Donors Choose project.  If you haven't used Donors Choose, you should.  It's easy and there are a ton of generous people out there willing to help us teachers out.

Head on over and check it out for yourself. IPEVO DocuCam 

Then, hop over to my friends' pages to check out their Classroom Must-Haves!  Be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win your choice of items from each of our stores!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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