Chick Cam 2016
We were so lucky to be able to hatch chicken eggs again this year! In all, we hatched 8 eggs out of 17, so not a bad hatch rate. 🙂
Each year, its so hard for each of my students to watch a chick hatch in real time, so for the past two years, I’ve put my iPad stand on top of the incubator and prayed that the wifi signal held and that the iPad didn’t fall off, but not this year!
This year, we had the new and improved Chick Cam 2016!! My HUE Document camera!!
It saved the day and made it SUPER easy for ALL of us to be able to see our chicks hatching on the BIG screen, in REAL time, no wifi connection needed and no iPad perched perilously on my incubator!
This set up was SO much better!! Did you enjoy the serenade of “Call Me Maybe” in the background by my sweet kiddos? 🙂
I just put my HUE Document Camera on top of the incubator, plugged it into my laptop, fired up the HUE Intuition Software (that comes with the Document Camera) and we were in business!
I loved that each time a chick hatched, I could reposition the HUE Document Camera right over the hatching egg, so we could see everything that was happening in real time!
Once everyone had hatched, we moved Chick Cam over to the warming box where we watched them be cute and run around! Each one of my kiddos wanted to see what the chicks were doing, every minute of the day, so having the HUE Document Camera set up helped us ALL see what they were doing. We quickly noticed that the quieter we were, the quieter they were, so it helped us regulate our voices as well!
Did you check out my guest appearance on the HUE blog? Click here to check it out and get some great ideas from other teachers how to use the HUE Document Camera in your classroom!
HUE Document Camera and Flexible Tablet Stand
At the French Lick Blogger meet-up, I was LUCKY enough to win a HUE Flexible Tablet Stand! As much as I LOVE the stand my husband made for me from PVC pipes, I love this Tablet Stand much more! Its moveable and flexible and that has allowed me to share tasks with my students from a wider angle.
I had so much fun taking pictures of the Flexible Tablet Stand! It holds my iPad so well, I have no worries about it falling out of the stand. I LOVE the fact that the holder grips my iPad and allows me to turn my iPad from portrait to landscape and back with out moving a thing, just a quick turn holding the corner! It feels like I’m in an episode of CSI or something with the slick way that the iPad can swivel! 🙂
I use my iPad everyday with the Reflector2 app and now I can bend and flex the HUE Tablet Stand (as you can see in the above photos) so it’s right with me! When I sit on my stool, I can use my iPad as a document camera where my students are able to see the entire top of the desk it is attached to! A big improvement over the 8 1/2 x 11 space we are used to! I can also bend the VERY flexible neck to the opposite side of the desk, so that I can control what I’m showing on my Promethean Board without leaving my students!
The HUE Flexible Tablet Stand attached in under 2 minutes–just a simple twist of the tightening grip that’s attached and you are in business!
I’m so excited to show you this next idea too! Check this out! 🙂 After the French Lick Blogger Meet-up, I had the opportunity to contact HUE and was able to review their HUE Document Camera.
I wanted to make a video to show you how it works, so guess what I used?? 🙂 I used the HUE Tablet Stand and attached it in seconds to my lime green stool. I used my iPad to capture us checking out our tadpoles! Make sure you check out minute 6:11 for an up-close look at our tadpoles. 🙂
All I needed to use the HUE Document Camera was a long USB cable (I only needed this because my teacher station is on the other side of my classroom)–the HUE comes with one that would be plenty long if your teacher station is nearby. 🙂
I used Skype to show the live feed on my Promethean Board, but you can also use the HUE Intuition Software.
Once again, after about two minutes, the HUE Document Camera was up and running!
I LOVED the flexible neck (as you’ll see in the video!). It made it INCREDIBLY easy to show our tadpoles from different angles–we captured a bigger tadpole eating the “stuff” left from one that died–totally gross, but my kids loved it! 🙂 You can bend the neck literally and direction and focus it quickly with the focus knob right around the camera lens. It couldn’t be easier to use!
I’m working on two more ideas that I will use the HUE Document Camera for–when our chicken eggs hatch on May 2nd, “Chick Cam” will let us see what’s happening in the incubator. I will set the HUE Document Camera on our incubator and let the children watch as the chicks hatch.
We also plan on Skyping with some of our virtual Kindergarten friends and between the HUE Tablet Stand and the HUE Document Camera, we will be able to see them, read a book with them, and they will be able to see us! 🙂
The HUE Document Camera has a built in LED light that will help you see what you’re showing your students. My classroom has funky lighting, so I always need an extra lamp to show things on the Promethean Board, but when our classroom lights are on, the HUE Document Camera’s light was plenty bright. 🙂
Click anywhere above to get yourself a HUE Tablet Stand or a HUE Document Camera–you won’t be disappointed with either! 🙂
All of the opinions expressed in this post are my own and were not influenced by any company, person or by payment. Product was received in exchange for this review.