Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spark Student Motivation Saturdays: Using a Document Reader to Share Student Work

Hi all!  I'm linking up with Head over Heels for Teaching to share a way I kept my kiddos motivated this week.

We got a new toy: a document reader!

And I let my kids play with it immediately!  My students love coming to the SMARTboard to show their work for math, but sometimes that technology really slows us down.  Often the screen needs to be calibrated, or they don't leave themselves enough room to show all of their work. Another big time zapper is the work itself is sometimes so complex that I lose the attention of the room while one student shows the rest the solution.

Before we started math on Friday, I told my kids that they could use the document reader to show their work during the review portion of our workshop...but they'd need to have neat work,with all of the steps shown. To their credit, work they completed was detailed and organized!  Take a look at their work for reducing fractions:

While this student showed her I spotted an error on a subsequent problem, so I was able to fix that while she was explaining her work.

I love how neat this work is!  All of the calculations are shown and it's so easy to follow!

Lots to praise here as well.  This young lady leaves little check marks, showing that she's paying attention to the work presented by her classmates.

I am so in love with this new toy.  It is going to make it so much easier for kids to share their work with each other, for use to discuss text or to dissect text books!

Tell me, do you have a document reader?  How do you use it?


  1. This is a fun toy! I always wanted one and 6 years ago when I moved to my new school, we all got one. I can't imagine life without it now! The kids love "teaching" with it and I use it a lot to showcase student writing samples. I'm so happy for you that you get one of these amazing tools! Anything to make our lives easier is exciting right? Thanks for sharing and linking up Sarah!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I love using my Doc Cam to show samples of quality student writing! It's always very powerful, and I love how quick and easy it is!

  3. Wow cool!! I asked for a document reader this year, but was told that ipads do the same job! (I have a couple of those in my room). Not sure how that is supposed to work, but hey!
    Such a great idea in any case.
    Learning to be awesome

  4. I teach with my smartboard and my Elmo a lot. It is easy for kids to bring their interactive notebooks up to the Elmo to explain rather than rewriting what we've already gone through! I agree it saves me a ton of time!
    Have a great week,

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  5. I have had about three different document cameras and I could not even begin to imagine life without it. It truly makes my life easier and really is a great motivator for students. I also sometimes have the kids take turns reading a book aloud under the camera. They love using the microphone with this and being the teacher.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'