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February 15, 2012

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Using the Laptop Camera in Science

by Randy Ziegenfuss

This post was written by Mr. David Beyer, 6th grade teacher at Salisbury Middle School.

In order to get better observations for a science demonstration, students came up with the idea of recording the demonstration, then applying a slow-motion effect. Some even watched frame by frame to get the clearest observations they could!

Here’s an example:

This activity (demonstrating that all objects fall equally regardless of mass) has been a challenge for students in the past. With the activity, students drop two balls at the same time and watch them fall. Students naturally focus on which ball hits the ground first, not always seeing which leaves the desk surface first! Their observations often leads them to erroneous conclusions. The students’ idea of recording the demonstrations has improved their observations.

Just as scientists discovered new information by using improved technology, our students are learning more about the world around them by using better tools!

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  1. Jennifer Boyd
    Feb 15 2012

    I love it! What I love most about this is the fact that Mr. Beyer continues to find ways to aid the kids in learning new things in new ways – always finding a way around a problem to get it solved and understood! Thank you, Mr. Beyer! Your love for your position and your students is obvious!

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