Cameras in YOUR classroom

In the November and January issues of The Science Teacher, we wrote about using digital cameras in the classroom. November’s column (read it free) focused on using high speed cameras during inquiry.

Wingspan makes affordable cameras that do just the opposite. With their Plantcam, you can easily make time lapse videos by setting the camera to take an image at specific intervals. Their Birdcam has a built in motion sensor that activates a video camera or time lapse photo setting.

You can win one of these cameras by participating in their Cameras for Classrooms essay competition. All you need to do to enter is write a 500-750 word essay on how you would use one of these cameras in your classroom.

Check out the cool time-lapse video below. Imagine what your students could do if you let them loose with one of these!

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(Note: This video was not taken using a Wingspan camera.)

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  1. Tyson
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Very cool. I was a little surprised the yellow squash held out so long. Must have a tough skin. Seems clear that the fruits and veggies high in water content tended to decompose faster. Thanks.

  2. Posted January 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Neat video. Some students could come up with some interesting time-lapse videos.

  3. Nikolette Ball
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing that video. I enjoyed watching it! I am currently a student working on getting my secondary education teaching certificate in science. I am currently in a class about using technology for teaching science. Unfortunately, cameras are not included in this class, but it seems like there should be. There are so many ways that students could use cameras, especially in a science class. I have been looking for some great ideas I can use when I get into the classroom, and I will have to make sure I put this on the list. It is such a great way to get the students more interested and involved!

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