Saturday, September 13, 2014

You Oughta Know About: A Blog Hop ~ Webcams


Have you used webcams in your classroom? Webcams are a way to bring the world into your classroom virtually.

Doing an animal study? How about bringing the animals into the classroom? Well, not literally. Students can take a trip to the zoo via computers. Some zoos have live cameras set up that allow students to view the animals. Check out some of these webcams. Note: Sometimes animals may be inactive.

Check out the Animal Cams at the San Diego Zoo. Click on the image below and pick your animal cam of choice: tiger, panda, koala, polar, ape, condor, and elephant.

http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/video-more

Students can make observations and record their findings over several days. Varying the time of day when students observe the animals, they can draw conclusions and make generalizations about animal behaviors. Students can compare the type of habitats the animals live in. If students have access to the computers at home, they can observe the animals at home! Great school-home connection.

Here's an Observation Log Sheet you can use to get your students started. Click on the image to grab your copy. To begin, we would observe the animal as a class. Then I would model how to complete an observation entry with specific details.

https://app.box.com/s/802d792btxfnov7ffiex
 
This observation sheet comes from my Animal Research: Observation and Research Journal product.


Webcams can be used for other units of study as well. Learning about famous United States landmarks? Check out Earth Cam. Visit the Statue of Liberty. Or how about Mount Rushmore in South Dakota?

Hope might you incorporate the use of a webcam into your classroom? Visit some of the other blogs below to find some other helpful ideas and tips.

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8 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing. Last year we did a penguin unit and we viewed the live webcam at the California Academy of Sciences. The kids loved it, the webcam really helped them connect more then the pictures in our books.

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    1. I can only imagine how excited your students were to observe the penguins! Thanks for stopping by Pam's Place.

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    1. So glad you stopped by! Technology helps bring the "animals" to the classroom.

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    1. So glad to hear. Thanks for stopping by Pam's Place.

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  4. This is such a "why didn't I think of that?" moment!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Erin
    Learning to be awesome

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  5. I'm glad you found this post! I hope this idea works for your students!

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