Teachers Express Thoughts on New Technology and Samsung Document Cameras in Schools

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Samsung announced the 50 teachers who have each won a SAMCAM 860 document camera through the Samsung Techwin Grant Program where teachers were asked to answer the question, “Will new technology in the classroom better prepare our students?”

Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division (http://www.samsungpresenterusa.com), a market leader in document camera technology, today announced the 50 teachers who have each won a SAMCAM 860 document camera through the Samsung Techwin Grant Program. Teachers were asked to answer the question, “Will new technology in the classroom better prepare our students?” The answers Samsung received provide interesting insight into the level of technology in classrooms today and what could be achieved with the right technology.

“If a, ‘picture is worth a thousand words,’ then what is a word worth, and what is a video worth and what is a demonstration worth?” said April DeBord, a Smokey Mountain High School Teacher. “Pictures, videos, presentations, demonstrations and words are not just essential things, but pivotal moments in the classroom where you can capture a part of a student’s imagination that has never been captured before.”

Teachers have found that when a document camera is used to create and support classroom lessons, students become much more engaged and actively participate. Students are eager to come up to the document camera to show their work, demonstrate a process, or share their discoveries.

“The addition of a document camera in our school would enhance the learning experience and provide an opportunity for all students to reach their educational destination,” said Lori Sutton, a St. Joseph School Teacher. “From group editing and read-along activities to class play scripts and writing samples, students would be engaged in the learning process with a document camera.”

Most experts agree that today’s students are visual learners and as such gain a better understanding of the lesson materials visually displayed on a screen, thereby increasing their retention of the subject matter.

“Sitting at my desk grading another stack of student work I often think of how much better prepared students would be for life after high school with better writing skills,” said Ann Maloney, a St. Henry District High School Teacher. “Oftentimes even students who know the answer to questions fail to receive full credit for their answers due to poor quality answers. This is where I know a document camera could help students make the transition from just seeing where they missed points to understanding why they missed them, and seeing how they could be more successful next time.”

With the document cameras, there is now an efficient means of demonstration so that students can easily see from any place in the classroom, making lessons much more hands-on and manipulative. Teachers are able to display students’ work, worksheets, illustrations from books, online information, science experiments, etc. Students can actually see the details of the lesson being presented.

“The power of the internet combined with a SAMCAM would open the worlds inside my students’ minds by enabling me to bring images, videos, or passages from science books and more, into my laboratory,” said Todd Freer, a Andrew Cooke Magnet School Teacher.

“The goal of this grant program is to help schools upgrade their technology tools to create a thriving learning environment for the students and to better prepare them for their future,” said Richard Bellomy, V.P. of Sales for the Electronic Imaging Division. “We were very excited to receive so many worthy grant requests from across the United States and I would like to congratulate all of the teachers who took the time to discuss the merits of how technology in the classroom better prepares our students.” Please go to http://www.samsunggrants.com to view the list of this year’s winners and to register for the 2012 competition.

For more information about Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division and its full line of affordable and innovative document cameras, call 877-213-1222, ext. 3306 or go to http://www.samsunggrants.com.

About Samsung Techwin America – Electronic Imaging Division
Samsung Techwin America is a market leader in document cameras for use in the education sector, ranging from K-12 to universities, courtroom applications, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies. Every Samsung document camera provides the quality and innovation that has built the Samsung name─ quality optics, a robust feature set, a wealth of user-friendly features, and state-of-the-art digital imaging technology. Additionally Samsung Techwin markets a full line of security products under the CCTV Division. Samsung Techwin America is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd. in Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung is the world’s 11th largest company.

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