Document cameras have a special place within the K-12 classroom. They’re small and they’re not always the flashiest pieces of technology. They don’t generate as much excitement as say a new iPad or an interactive display, but maybe they should.
A document camera allows you to display 3D objects. It’s the perfect technology to really depict to students the intricacy of detailed experiments and demonstrations. Most now have the capability to record both video and audio for a narrated lesson. Document cameras have come a long way since their early beginnings. They can connect with iPads and integrate into interactive whiteboard systems. More advanced models offer better cameras and controls like autofocus. Some models are even interactive.
A document camera can be used in many ways in a K-12 classroom. A teacher can use it to share an image like the page of a book. A microscope attachment can be used during a science class to offer a closer look at a specimen that can then be projected onto a larger screen. Teachers can also annotate over images and video much like they would using lecture capture software or an interactive whiteboard. If you invest in a portable model, your document camera can be folded up for storage or carried from classroom to classroom to be shared.
There are more document camera models and manufacturers than ever so tech managers have a plethora of options to choose from and a range of prices no matter their budgets. If you are about to purchase a document camera for your classroom, click through our slideshow for features you may want to consider.