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Ode to the Doc Cam

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This post is an ode to my document camera. I love this thing so much and have become quite dependant on it to deliver instruction. Anyone who knew me in college knows that I have always been somewhat anti-technology. I had a flip phone way longer than it was socially acceptable to do so. When I first started teaching 4 years ago doc cams were still a technological novelty, one that I refused to participate in and pretty much despised. I thought that having students watch the demo on a screen instead of looking at my hands directly took away the personal aspect of the class. Eventually (as you will learn in the following poem) I finally caved in and learned how to use and eventually adore my document camera. I am so thankful that I have access to such a great resource and was struck with the inspiration to rhyme about it. Please enjoy the following, it is to the tune of Fresh Prince of Bel Air*

Now this is the story all about how
My art teachin’ ways got flipped all around
and I’d like to take a minute, with some poetry slam
I’ll tell you how I fell in love with my doc cam.

In Mimosa Elementary my career was born and raised,
In the art room is where I spent most of my days
Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool
Doin close-up demos for all the kids in school 

When a couple of kids who had some yucky germs
sat too close to me and made me squirm
I got one little cold and then went bananas
I knew it was time to use the document camera

I begged and pleaded with my METI every day
and she checked out a cam to me and sent me on my way
Set-up was easy and so quick that it
was simple
and I knew that this is the way to kick it

First class, yo this is a great start
No coughing, sneezing, or too-near farts
Is this what techy people are livin like? 
Hmmm this might be alright

But wait the best part
the kids could all see all of that

This is the best type of tech for this cool Kat
I know they get it, right now and right here
All of their confusion, pushing and squinting disappeared

When the end of my demo finally came near
I pressed “freeze” and the picture still remained there
If anything I could say this feature was neat
And I thought, hey it’s awesome and pretty sweet

I now use the doc cam about seven or eight
times a day for each class that I teach
its great
and to my old ways

I say “Yo homes, smell ya later” 
and I look at my art kingdom, I am finally in an era
of perfection with my document camera

*I was recently asked if I like Will Smith by a 5th grader. I not only expressed my absolute adoration for the actor/rapper/father/positivity inspirationist but then proceeded to explain the show Fresh Prince of Bel Air to the entire class. When they confessed that they had never seen it we stopped everything and all enjoyed the opening credits together. They were for the most part impressed that I knew every single word. At least – I think the looks on their faces said they were impressed. It might have just been pure disbelief at how weird their art teacher is.

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

2 thoughts on “Ode to the Doc Cam

  1. Love it, Mollie, but I must confess…I still think my flip phone is the best, YO!

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