If you have a document camera in your classroom, you probably don’t need to be told just how useful they are or the ways they can revolutionize teaching. For those who don’t have one, however, let me explain. A document camera is basically a combination of digital camera, microscope and overhead projector. While you still need to have a digital projector, TV or computer monitor in order to show the images to your whole class, the document camera allows you to display anything from a flat piece of paper to 3D objects.
The most popular document camera amongst educators is the TT-12i Interactive Teacher’s Tool from ELMO. The adjustable arm, intuitive controls and high-definition imaging make it the first choice for most teachers in search of presentation equipment.
However, for those who want a more budget-friendly document camera, you’re in luck. Lumens offers a line of portable Ladibug document cameras that feature attractive red casings, flexible goosenecks and LED lamps for illuminating your documents. The Califone Diggiditto DC596 Smart Document Camera is also an affordable option; the detachable camera head lets you get different angles for more convenient display.
When deciding on the best device for your specific situation, keep in mind that you’ll find more features on more expensive document cameras. So if you only need to show textbook pages or slide images, you’d be best served with a lower-end model. If you need to show more detail, record video and audio or need editing software included, a pricier model may be your best choice. Browse our entire selection of document cameras to find the one that best fits your classroom needs.
If you want to learn more about document cameras, visit our Buying Guide.