Okay. My school provided document cameras for the teachers a few years ago. Sadly, the devices purchased are cheap and difficult/cumbersome to use and prone to breaking. So, I gave mine away to another teacher. Finally, last spring, I spent my own money and purchased...
Okay. My school provided document cameras for the teachers a few years ago. Sadly, the devices purchased are cheap and difficult/cumbersome to use and prone to breaking. So, I gave mine away to another teacher. Finally, last spring, I spent my own money and purchased this Ladybug upon the recommendation of another teacher who had been using one for about a year. Wow!
I opened the delivery box to a very well packaged, BEAUTIFUL, sturdy product. It was perfect in every way. When I got to school the next day, I followed the simple directions and connected it successfully to my laptop computer, which is, in turn, connected to my Smart Board projector. There are two connectors: a power cord and a USB cable. No problems at all!
Installing and using the Ladybug is very intuitive. It comes with simple, printed directions for easy set-up, and once installed, a shortcut will be placed on your desktop. It is through this shortcut that you will activate your Ladybug whenever you want to use it. As you are using your Ladybug, a small menu "grid" will be readily available on the screen. This is a set of "buttons" that enable you to access the many features of the device. You can move and minimize this grid, as needed. There are numerous features included, such as, focus, exposure, contrast, photo, zoom, and more. I am still learning what all the buttons do and how to use them! My fourth graders helped me figure out how to work some of the basic functions of the Ladybug--that''s how intuitive and smart nine-year-olds are!
The Ladybug''s flexible goose neck is wonderful! It enables the head to be aimed absolutely ANY direction, allowing for the best view possible. The base is well-weighted and heavy enough to keep the device stable in any position. There are two focus buttons on the head, one on either side, and another one on the base. There are three other buttons on the base, but as I said, I am still learning how to use all the features of my Ladybug. And, the COLOR! The red color is perfect, especially because my school colors are...RED and white! :) Also, red just looks good.
I have enjoyed using my Ladybug in the classroom so much. Not only am I able to project worksheets, photographs, illustrations, text passages, student samples, and objects on the Smart Board for the entire class to see, I can very clearly demonstrate to my students how to write on lined paper, how to fill out forms, how to properly form manuscript and cursive letters, how to indent and write in paragraph form, and how to properly space mathematics work. Now when I read a picture book to my class, EVERYONE can see the pictures, not just those sitting nearest me. My students can also enjoy sharing their artwork and "treasures" with the class, using the Ladybug. We ALL love it!
The document camera has virtually taken the place of the overhead projector, and it does so much more. The Ladybug is one of the best, if not THE best on the market at this time. I know there are other Ladybug models available, but this one has proven to be all that I need and more. I HIGHLY recommend it!