Tech Tip – Befriending Your Document Camera

IWBs Conference Document Cameraphoto © 2009 Anna | more info (via: Wylio)

When it comes to integrating technology in the classroom, a digital document camera is one of the quickest and easiest to start with. It is amazing how this tool can be used to actively engage student learning.

Benefits to learners include:

  • Visual learners will be able to see items, text and demos on a much larger scale.
  • Hands-on learners can place the object(s) or item(s) under the document camera and explain what they are showcasing.

Benefits to teachers include:

  • Students focused on the large screen projection from wherever they sit in the classroom.
  • No need to photocopy or less need to photocopy when you can place the text under the document camera.
  • Ability to showcase/project three-dimensional objects/experiments.
  • Celebrating student learning during the lesson by having students come up to the document camera to show their work to the rest of the class.
  • Taking snapshots of an experiment and share these photos with students.
  • Preparing a lesson ahead of time using snapshots and embedding this onto a webpage for students to review whenever needed.

Uses in Early Years Classrooms Let me learnphoto © 2009 Kashif Mardani | more info (via: Wylio)

  • For use with Show and Tell student items
  • Model a Science experiment
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • Turn any book into a big book by placing it under the document camera
  • Use with math manipulatives
  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management.
  • Place a picture schedule under the document camera to show students what they will be doing next in class
  • Demonstrate letter formation
  • Have students come up and rearrange ABC tiles to create words
  • Project a community, school, province, or country map
  • Share photos and images
  • Model a (math) concept while students watch and listen.
  • Save images for later use. A classroom document camera connected to a computer can act as a scanner. Teachers can place items under the document camera and use them in class that day and “save” the image for future use.
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites.
  • Saved images can also be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker.
  • Zoom in on parts of a thermometer, and ruler, showing the smallest units and degrees
  • Isolate new vocabulary
  • Can be used as a live webcam by projecting it towards a small group

Uses in Middle Years Classrooms 188/365 - Fuh-Reshphoto © 2009 Helga Weber | more info (via: Wylio)

  • Displaying student work
  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management
  • Look over drawings and examples in the book, not having to recreate complicated problems
  • For use with Music books, sheet music and other teaching materials to help teach music reading skills and literacy.
  • Model note taking skills by using an actual piece of notebook paper.
  • Model sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation and grammar editing
  • Complete graphic organizers as a whole class
  • Project a test for grading; students follow with their eyes and not just their ears
  • Zoom in on parts of a thermometer, compass, protractor and ruler, showing the smallest units and degrees
  • Demonstrate how to use a calculator
  • Show students how to set up math problems using notebook paper
  • Display and create graphs
  • Model a Science experiment (and great for dissections!)
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • Project a community, school, province, or country map
  • Share pictures of historical places and events from a book or photo
  • Showcase Art pictures or projects
  • Save images for later use
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites
  • Save images to be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker
  • Display emerging work from students as exemplars raises the standard for production for that group
  • Model note-taking
  • Develop a Claymation slideshow by taking freeze frame photos
  • Give immediate feedback while displaying student work

Uses in High School Classrooms This face painting woman is drop dead gorgeous! (P1010042a)photo © 2010 Frank Kovalchek | more info (via: Wylio)

  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management.
  • Display bell ringers or exit slips (activities for the students to do as they are coming into class or right before they leave)
  • Model writing skills, editing, revising
  • Model how to complete a study guide
  • Complete graphic organizers as a whole class
  • Display textbooks
  • Display reference books
  • Zoom in on math manipulatives such as rulers, compass, algebra tiles, geometric figures
  • Model how to use a calculator
  • Zoom in on graph paper and the math activity being used with it
  • Model setting up and steps for solving math problems
  • Model a Science experiment
  • Model chemistry problems, solving physics formulas
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • Display with clarity various maps for use in Social Studies curriculum
  • Share resource material you may only have one of or do not want to put in the hands of students
  • Display historical items
  • Showcase student and teacher created Art projects
  • Display student work
  • Save images for later use.
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites.
  • Save images to be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker.

How do you effectively use your document camera in your classroom? Feel free to share your insights.

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By slitech

2 comments on “Tech Tip – Befriending Your Document Camera

  1. I 100% agree. Easy to use, quick to implement and a myriad of uses. We’ve got 5 on campus and most others eager to purchase and begin using. Thank you for the list–helpful for our newbies.

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