Document Cameras Make Teaching Easier

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.

TT-12i Interactive Teacher's Tool

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.



5 Responses to “Document Cameras Make Teaching Easier”

  1. linda millerFebruary 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    I teach special needs students in a urban school district at an off site location in community based vocational program. The program is wonderful for this high school group. Technology is minimal in the classroom. The learning support students could benefit from the visuals that I could project using this technology. I teach all the core subjects with minimal materials. I subscribe to multiple websites for materials at this time, but projecting this material in teaching would greatly benefit my students. I would love to have one of these. I really need the help. Thank you.

  2. Anita GoldsteinFebruary 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    I am a kindergarten teacher. I would love to have a document camera in my classroom to help bring learning to life. Using a document camera would allow me to model ideas in every subject. I could show my 22 students how to track words as I read them from our current reader. I could demonstrate how to use manipulatives in math while the whole group looks on — bringing math to life would help the children understand the foundation and build upon it. My students could see a writing demonstration whole group. This would allow them to get a better understanding of how writing sounds and words can help them get an understanding of how simple sentences and paragraphs begin.

    A document camera would help bring basic learning to life through technology. Thank you for this opportunity.

  3. Diane EllisFebruary 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    I am a middle school orchestra teacher. It is very difficult to obtain resources for overheads and presentations because many of the commercially made items are geared for core classes and placing a musical score through the copy machine to make a transparency for the overhead, makes the score unreadable because the parts and notes would have to be reduced to a pretty small size. Also, do to class size and layout, practical access to class technology tools is difficult to come by.

    If I had an ELMO I could bring in different musical scores, project them onto a screen and show my students how to read the scores and do some conducting with a CD arrangement of the scored music. I would also be able to project my teacher score of their performance music visually show them how the music fits together in an ensemble by seeing the different parts and how they work together through rhythm, phrasing and dynamics between the different instrumental parts. I could show them how I study my store and place markings in my score and then I could also teach my students how to effectively mark their own music and full scores for study.

    Finally, I can have students come and do music markings to assist teaching them with sight reading skills and present to the group their interpretation of their own scores through their score markings and how they would conduct the piece and why. The ELMO would be a greatly appreciated interactive tool for my classes.

    Thank you for your consideration and support of the arts in our schools :o)

  4. Eileen LaRiviereFebruary 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    There are so many uses for document cameras in the classroom. Here are a few I use: I use it to model lessons, demonstrate strategies, demonstrate the use of manipulatives, play games, show read aloud books, have students display their work, groups display work, give directions to assignments, show apps on my IPAD, student presentations, show images, use it as a timer, and I’ve used it to connect to the computer to project movies, websites with lessons. These are just a few of the many uses of a document camera.


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