This is not a question I expected from my class. But I did notice that the document camera was giving me a definite lime green hue. Once I proved to the students that I was not in-fact either green or wearing gloves I went on with the notes. Oh, yes, you should know these are high school juniors and seniors, not primary students. We also played the, “guess what color this marker is” game for the rest of class. And the following day.
Sadly I have not ingested a chemical concoction to turn me into a superhero. Technology was just annoying me.
So, I eventually turned in my document camera for a different one. I finally plugged in the replacement this morning and to my vast astonishment it worked on the first try. And I was not green. I taught using it first period but my projector seems to be aging also so while previous years I didn’t need to dim the lights during presentations, I find it essential now. I hate kids sitting in the dark, but am lucky to have some under-cabinet side lights so it isn’t really dark. This document camera didn’t have a light. Nothing was crisp on the screen and I wondered how well the back row could see. They are too nice to complain. So before third period I got a desk lamp, figured out where to run the cord and plug it in and was so pleased with myself at how well it projected. That lasted less than seven minutes. Somehow I managed to confuse the poor camera to just keep trying to focus. Before we all became nauseous watching the screen, I turned off all the technology and wrote on the board. The blackboard. No, not a white board, a real black board with chalk. The do still exist. I have chalk dust on hem of my black slacks to prove it. Don’t ask.
I requested help from media. A different document camera appeared via student in my room. Guess what? It makes me turn green.
How was your day?