“What You Might Want Wednesday!” (aka Techie Tuesday!)

Hello, friends!!!  What a week so far!  We’re in the middle of state testing and it’s exhausting.  My kids are really hanging in there though.  Thank goodness!
Anywho…my Techie Tuesday/What You Might Want Wednesday post is about another gadget Learning Resources let me check out.  It’s the Luna interactive projection camera.
It was extremely easy to set up!  You just pop in the CD, plug in the USB cord, and you’re ready! 
Here are some of the ways we’ve used it so far:
I projected the book Our Tree Named Steve from under the camera. 
The entire class was able to see this particular scene in the book.  I have already read the story to them, but we paused on this page to discuss what the author/illustrator’s purpose was.  They used inference to discuss the situation, cause and effect, and the emotions of the family members looking outside.  It was perfect for writing that day!!!  I was able to leave the picture up on the screen as a visual reminder while the students wrote in their journals.
And of course, we had to do some CRCT review.  This is an end-of-the-year math test from one of our county resources.  It was jam-packed with fabulous questions, reminding the students of all the things we had previously discussed and learned. 
I plan on using it during Math after testing is over.  There are so many ways to use this thing…I just need more time!
Not only does it project images, it also takes photos and records video.  A-MA-ZING!  And it’s very user-friendly, whether I’m using it or the kids are. 
And the best part – it could be YOURS!  Thanks to Learning Resources I’m able to giveaway one Luna camera to one very lucky person!  Simply enter below!  The contest will start tonight at 12:01 am and will run until 12:01am April 29, 2012.  The winner will be announced Sunday afternoon, April 29th!
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    April 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I am not seeing the Rafflecopter! Is it just me???
    ❀ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

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    Ms. Rachel
    April 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I love my Luna!!!

    Ms. Rachel’s Room

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    April 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Do you see it now, Sandra? Thanks for checking out the giveaway!

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    April 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Wahoo! Crossing my fingers I win this one! πŸ™‚ Thank you – love this blog!

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    April 26, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I would be thrilled to win this Luna….I'd use both in small and large group settings and for all subject areas. Thanks for your blog and all the great ideas I have found here!

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    Mrs. Kennedy's Blog
    April 26, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I would use it for doing demonstrations and viewing images mostly. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    April 26, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Wow! I would really love to win this. My school doesn't have a lot of technology. I use an overhead (when I can get a replacement bulb). The few things we do have are strictly for the upper grades to help with FCAT test prep and we can't use them in second grade. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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    April 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I would love to have the Luna to use EVERY day! So many possibilities! Hope I win!


    Third Grade's A Charm


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    jami marshall
    April 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

    My teaching partner has a Luna. She loves it! It would be amazing to have to project books

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    April 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    This would be an awesome addition to my teaching resources! Sure hoping I'm 'lucky' this time. πŸ™‚

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    April 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Enjoy reading your blog and seeing the great ways you implement technology. Love the Luna.

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    Fancy Nancy
    April 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Love your blog- this is a great techie tool!!

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    April 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I would love to have a Luna to integrate more technology into the classroom!!

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    April 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    OMGoodness!! I was reading your post and thinking this was EXACTLY what I needed in my classroom since my OLD Elmo died (it was pretty horrible anyway), then I read further and see you are having a give away. I HAD to enter, and I'm getting my fingers crossed that I will win this. It would be so wonderful to have to use with my projector/big screen system. I had never thought about using a book like this. What a great idea!!!

    Looks like I found your blog just in time!


    2nd Grade Pad

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    Ann Marie
    April 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    what a great tool for editing each others writing.

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    April 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Dana-I love all of your goodies and tips! I currently have an ELMO, but would love to try out a Luna and see what it has to offer too!

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    Just Julie Teaching Third Graders
    April 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    This looks like it is perfect for my Third Grade classroom! The Luna sounds like it has so much potential.

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    Christi at Ms. Fultz's Corner
    April 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I love the record feature, so much better than a straight ELMO.
    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

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    April 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I would love a Luna to project books and science experiments.

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    April 27, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Im your newest follower. I would use it to highlight student work πŸ™‚ Would give them a kick
    Teachable Moments

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    Teaching Joys
    April 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I think this would be a great resource to have in a classroom! I think I would enjoy using it and so would the students! I think it is amazing that it does more then just project! Students would love using the recording tools for a group or whole class project! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!


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    April 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

    This looks awesome!!


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    April 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I REALLY want one of these!! My scanner doesn't work 3/4 of the time and this would be AWESOME!! Thanks!

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    April 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    What an awesome tool! I love the recording feature (as just about everyone has mentioned). ~Amanda @ The Teaching Thief

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    April 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    The LUNA looks amazing!! I would love to be able to project student work so we could all see it! πŸ™‚

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    April 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Oh my gosh! How cool is that! I really miss overhead projectors when teaching writing and it is a pain to scan and then pop it up on the smartboard. The LUNA would open up a whole new avenue.

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    April 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Wow! What a great tool this would be in the math classroom – hands-on learning for all to see!

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    April 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I would love to win one of these! They look like fantastic tools. meredith.mitchell(at)nhcs(dot)net

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    April 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Dana,
    I am a third grade special education teacher and would love to have the LUNA in my classroom for small group instruction. The recording feature is an awesome addition and would really benefit my students with speech and language difficulties. Your blog is awesome! Keep up the good work!

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    April 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I would love this for my third grade class!

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    April 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I would love to use this with my third graders!

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    April 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Sometimes a smart board isn't enough. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    April 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    As a fourth grade teacher in a school greatly lacking in technology, my students and I would greatly benefit from having the LUNA in my classroom. I do not have any working computers in my classroom, and the only technology I do have is a teacher computer and an overhead projector. I would be able to engage my students in well-crafted lessons using the LUNA, especially in math, history, science, and language arts. My students would learn so much from the use of the LUNA!

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    April 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    would love to win this… it looks amazing! Thanks for the opportunity! I love your blog.



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    April 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I would love to win this for my classroom!! I would use it to project books and student work. I love the record and photo options too!!

    The First Grade Dream

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    Ms. Ferretti
    April 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I have been teaching in the public schools but just this year started teaching in the private sector. It is a new school, so we have few resources. I would use this Luna for showing manipulatives to the entire class, showing books to them while I am reading, sharing work and samples of writing, just to name a few. So much more!

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    April 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I hope I get this! I won't have to make so many copies and would love to use it with math manipulatives too!

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    Monica Horn
    April 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I would love to have a document camera. Sometimes when introducing vocab, I have kids draw a picture to help them remember. Right now, besides sharing with a partner, I don't have them share. With a document camera, I can put their drawing up for all the see – leading to more discussion.

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    April 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    The LUNA looks like an amazing tool for the classroom! The ways to use it are endless! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Jodi Ruiz

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    April 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    This would be an awesome tool to go along with activotes. I would love it to highlight pages in books, also. The review for CRCT would be great, too (ugh…hate those four letters together!)

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