Friday, December 17th, 2010 | technology
A scanner is one of those affordable pieces of technology that has the potential of being a great teaching tool. Many inexpensive printers have scanning capabilities, which may be adequate for use in your classroom.
Scanners are quick and easy to operate and they allow you to grab hold of those unexpected teaching opportunities that present themselves throughout the day. Using a scanner makes it possible for you to use technology in such a way that you don’t even think about the technology – the emphasis is on the teaching.
Here are a few ways in which you can use a scanner during the course of a day:
Children love it when you show their work to the class and feel proud if the spotlight is put on something they’ve done. It’s easy: you simply scan the page you want to display and project an enlarged image by means of your data projector. Just imagine how this can help you to build the self-esteem of learners who may need it.
Since many scanners have printing and copying functions, you can make a copy of the scanned work and send it home to the parents.
When you scan a learner’s work and display it to the class it opens the way for class discussion. You know the value of these impromptu teaching opportunities.
It is easy to scan handwriting samples of learners – before and after images – that can be used to show progress. This is particularly suitable for foundation phase learners.
Some pictures may not be available in electronic format. A scanner allows you to transform the picture into an electronic image, which you can use immediately and also store for later use. Newspaper clippings are excellent tools to make your teaching current.
With a scanner you can take pictures of flat objects like leaves or coins. Your scanner can double up as a digital camera – the image may not be of the same quality but it will do for recording purposes.
Even if a scanner is available in the computer room of your school, you will find it useful to have one in your classroom – it is cheap enough to make this possible. A scanner is an excellent tool to transform your classroom into an interactive one.
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