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Document Camera Resources

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Document Camera Tips and Hints

1) When showing writing under the camera, use a dark, thick pen. Pencil is harder to see.


2) Try to frame the whole page so you don't have to refocus the camera as often.


3) Landscape view paper may be easier (when possible) so you don't have to move the paper to see all of it.


4) If showing a book under the document camera, try to use a book with matte paper, rather than glossy paper. With glossy paper, you may need to play with the lighting more.


5) If objects need to be seen from the side (like a glass of liquid) or are too big to be placed on the working surface, the camera head and the light of the document camera can be turned toward them. Hold the object (space permitting) in front of the desk and tilt the camera head towards it.


6) When creating a document to project with a document camera use big simple text. Fonts without serifs, like Ariel, are easiest to read. Font size should be 14 or larger.


7) Use a butcher paper mat underneath with drawn out areas for the location of the camera and the items/ paper to be shown.


8) Be aware of the jewelry you may be wearing and how your nails may be painted. Flashy jewelry or bright or detailed nails can district students (all of them at first, then the students with attention issues may always be distracted.)


9) When you are pointing at an object under the document camera, consider using a chopstick or pencil rather than your finger, so you block less of the visible area.



Have you considered...?

1) Using the document camera during show and tell or student presentations so students at the back of the room can see the speaker. Turn the camera to face the student during their presentation. (Pair this with a microphone or sound amplification system [click here for another system], and even the whisperers can participate.) Students can also use the document camera to enlarge posters during presentations.


2) If your camera has picture capture capabilities, you can create digital student portfolios by placing work under the camera, snapping a picture, and saving it for conferences or to show progress throughout the year. (No more piles of paper stacking up in the corners!)


3) If your camera can record video, make mini movies of key points in a math or science lesson. Students who missed class or need a reminder can watch the video to fill in the missing pieces.


4) If your camera can capture video, students can record their presentations or speeches ahead of time to practice or to be able to show it as a video, instead of live.


5) Try the split screen function to show before and after, especially in science.


6) Freeze the image if it's going to be up for awhile. That way, when students bump into the camera, it doesn't mess up what you were showing.


7) Capture step by step directions in art, math, or science.


8) Project a blank map or item to be labeled in science, math or social studies, then label on the white board.


9) Create claymation movies by having students capture their statues "in motion."


10) Put a timer under the doc cam so students know how much time they have left on a task.



Spec Sheets

Here is some information about the various document cameras presented by Bruce Williams from Troxell. Click on each model name to get the spec sheets.


Lumens DC 162


Lumens DC 260


AverVision VP-1


AverVision SPC300


AverVision CP300


Elmo TT02


Other Document Camera Resources


Edutopia article on document cameras and writing


How are teachers using document cameras? Let me count the ways...

101 Doc Cam Uses.pdf


6 Things to Know about Document Cameras

6 things about doc cams.doc


Doc Cams in the Classroom


Using Doc Cams in Class- This site has some examples of ways to teach teachers how to use their document cameras!


Sustainable Classroom Project- here are case studies showing how teachers use document cameras and interactive white boards to engage students.


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