BRITT - New technology in area classrooms is being used to help students learn better by keeping them interested.
"Anytime we can use technology we can keep up with the times and keep students engaged," West Hancock teacher Caitlin Haight said. "Students are excited about the new technology and it holds their attention better."
The West Hancock Middle School purchased a document camera through a Foundation for Rural Education and Development grant earlier this year.
The document camera is hooked up to a computer and it projects any piece of paper or 3-D objects up on the whiteboard.
Haight has been using the document camera with her fifth and sixth grade science students and she said it "gives them an opportunity to be more involved."
Last week, many of the students took turns labeling bones on a skeleton projected up on the whiteboard for an upcoming test.
Fifth grader Chrysta Bruns said "it was fun using the camera because we all get to go up and use it."
She has enjoyed using the document camera "because it’s new and it helps us learn better."
"It projects straight from the computer so we get more technology and it’s easier to read," Bruns said.
Sixth grader Kacie Eliason has also enjoyed the new technology.
"It’s really fun because you can write and everyone can see it," Eliason said.
The document camera has also helped her understand the material better.
"It’s a lot easier because you can see what the teacher is writing instead of just listening," Eliason said. "Some people learn in different ways and seeing the words helps me learn better."
Haight has also enjoyed using the document camera in the classroom and she is looking for new ways to use the technology.
"From a science perspective, I can do experiments" and it will be easier for the students to see the chemical changes, Haight said. Another possible use is hooking the camera up to a microscope and projecting the slide image up on the board.
"I haven’t come up with all the uses for it," Haight said. "It’s still a learning experience for me."