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Document Cameras. Nancy Ruth Bittner Davis School District 2010. What is a document camera?. An amazing tool !. What should you consider when purchasing a document camera ?. What kind of document camera do you want ?. Portable More Affordable Smaller Footprint Flexible Moved Easily.

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Document cameras

Document Cameras

Nancy Ruth Bittner

Davis School District 2010

What is a document camera
What is a document camera?

An amazing tool !

What should you consider when purchasing a document camera
What should you consider whenpurchasing a document camera ?

What kind of document camera do you want
What kind of document camera do you want ?


More Affordable

Smaller Footprint


Moved Easily

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What kind of document camera do you want ?


Stable Work Space

Large Footprint

Back Light

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What kind of document camera do you want ?

Ceiling Mounted Document Cameras

Fixed solution

Presenter doesn’t block the view

Better zoom quality

Show large objects

More expensive

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What kind of document camera do you want ?

Projector Integrated Document Camera

Has it’s own projector

Easy to use components

Integrated system


How easy is it to set up
How easy is it to set up ?

You will need

Power Cable - usually comes with adapter

VGA Cable for a projector

S video cable for a TV

USB cable hooked directly to the computer

Ports in the back

What features do you want
What features do you want ?

Slides adapter

Laser positioning lights

SD slot for Photographs

Remote Control w/laser pointer

LED lights for low light levels

Microscope attachment

How good is the resolution
How good is the resolution ?

Real estate is location, location, location.

With document cameras, it is





Document cameras do not “see” in color.

The camera reads light intensity.

Light shines through colored filters.

Square filters are called pixels


Side by side and fewer pixels result in lower


Side by side and fewer pixels result in lower


Stacked on top of each other and more pixels result in higher

How good is the resolution1
How good is the resolution ?

Many display 1024 X 768 Pixels

They are called XVGA.

This is supported by today’s projectors

How good is the resolution2
How good is the resolution ?

Highest Resolution

Projector or TV must support it.

Look for High Definition format.

How good is the resolution3
How good is the resolution ?

You may want to avoid

Cameras that are VGA 640 X 480

Cameras that are SVGA 800X 600

Cameras with low image quality.

How good is the resolution4
How good is the resolution ?

Unless you are considering they are about half the PRICE.


How will you use the images
How will you use the images ?


Capture and store images on the computer

Interactive whiteboards can capture images.

Shown on a wall, screen, or TV use internal memory for captive images.

How will you use the images1
How will you use the images ?

Capture images onto an SD card.

From internal memory, you can use a USB cable to transfer the images to your computer.

Investigate the capacity of the internal memory of the camera, some hold more images than another.

How about zoom zoom
How about ZOOM ZOOM ?

Optical zoom is more important.

Optical zoom gives you the best quality.

  • Has the same number of pixels in the resulting image.

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How about ZOOM ZOOM ?

Digital Zoom

Takes a piece of the object you are capturing.

Stretches the resulting image.

Image will not be as clear.

How many f p s does it take
How many F.P.S. does it take ?

F.P.S. = Frames Per Second.

Determines how smooth the motion video is captured by your camera.

  • It doesn’t matter with stills.

  • 30 F.P.S. is a lot smoother than 15.

Does it have software
Does it have software ?

Most have software that includes the drivers.

They allow you to change the camera settings.

You can customize the images you capture.

Does it have software1
Does it have software ?

Draw on the image, rotate it, show it in negative reverse, or turn it black and white

I really want one

State Legislature Money

District Opportunities

PTA and Fund Raisers

Earlier Models are a STEAL of a DEAL

Web Trade

Write a grant!

Teachers Networks grant pages

Public Education Network’s NewsBlast (you will receive a weekly e-newsletter that includes a listing of upcoming grant deadlines.)

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EVERY book can be a BIG book.

Capture stills of pages. Zoom in and focus in on details in the illustrations, text and details.

Fluency practice showing text a line at a time

Illustrate features of non-fiction text

Reading picture books is so much better when the students can see and discuss illustrations.

Teach reading strategies by displaying texts under the camera

Hold book reviews in class and display favorite passages from books.

Examine the format for Reading and Language Arts tests to learn test taking strategies

Manipulate letters for phonics and spelling lessons.

Complete graphic organizers about reading text as a class.

Daily Oral Language or messages - can be saved from year to year without writing it on the board each day.

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Review sight words.

Often, you only have one copy of a reference book. Place it under the camera for everyone to see.

Enlarge text for students with vision impairments.

Take video of a child reading. After watching it, read it again for fluency and expression. Compare the two.

Learn concepts of text: Left to right, top to bottom, return sweep, punctuation, etc.

While giving instructions in English, display instructions in another language for ELL students. They are able to successfully attempt the assignment because the document camera provides an effective filter to the barriers presented by giving oral directions.

Freeze a page of a textbook so I can see it across the room.

Show the small illustrations when I come to them in a read-a-loud.

Display books for reading, when class sets are not available.

Teach how to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Place the book under the camera and the teacher and students can look at the words around the subject word to determine meaning.

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Capture rough draft, and another of the revision

Do handwriting demonstrations showing letter formation.

Show pictures for background knowledge and story starters

Student authors share their writing.

Write collaborative poetry

Shared writing experiences in various genre, modes and 6 traits

Graphic organizers for pre-writing

Peer revision and editing of student writing

Examine and mark a newspaper article for the specialized structure of writing in the news genre.

Obtain forms such as a job application. Demonstrate the writing skill of filling out forms.

Model sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation and grammar editing.

Ask a volunteer student if they would be willing to allow the class to critique their work for Six-Trait Writing.

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Spelling and Vocabulary

Do word sorts.

Write out words children ask about so the whole class can see.

Find spelling words in texts or newspapers.

Place the small text of a dictionary definition under the camera and zoom.

Conduct a spelling bee and reveal the word list as it is spelled.

Add letter tiles to phonetic patterns changing initial medial or ending sounds.

Write a running story using spelling or vocabulary words. Various students add a line at a time.

Display the “Big WORD” of the day. Students find the definition, word origin, find it in text, and use it throughout the day.

Display various examples of student writing. Pull spelling words from their writing.

Introduce a story. Make a list of words they think they will encounter in the text. Add additional words they don’t know to the list for vocabulary study.

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Sort objects by attributes

Demonstrate counting money.

Place a math teacher’s addition or solutions manual for correcting or demonstrating.

Demonstrate how to play a math game or board game with small pieces and cards.

Investigate sold shapes and silhouettes

Construct and share tables and models of probability data

Demonstrate functions on a scientific or graphing calculator without the use of special overhead.

Use digital and analog clocks to tell time.

Learn to identify money by zooming in on details of coins and paper money.

Share student created, written and illustrated story problems.

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Chart and graph information about the class.

Compare and contrast geometrical shapes.

Demonstrate and manipulate pattern blocks

Create tessellations and easily demonstrate the process

Demonstrate with math manipulatives such as a compass, ruler, thermometer, base ten blocks, algebra tiles, counters, snap cubes etc/

Demonstrate difficult equations live or record it on video to play back or post to a website.

Demonstrate how to plot a graph on regular graph paper.

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Social Studies

Demonstrate the use of contour lines and other map making features.

Create and share 3- dimensional topographical maps

View 3 dimensional maps from the side to capture a cross section map

Students bring pictures of their family, share family traditions and history.

Display and discuss current events, articles, and political cartoons from newspapers and magazines.

Film broadcast news report of current events or reports of research projects.

Examine maps in detail. Zoom in on hard to read small print and focus students on specific regions of a map.

Show pictures of historical events or places from a book.

Look at money from foreign countries.

Place the camera on a ladder. Show students how a bird’s eye view looks different so they can better understand how maps are made.

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Students create and share 3 dimensional inventions.

Use as a microscope or with a microscope attachment.

Record observations of growth and changes in a terrarium.

Plant seeds and document changes in growth by capturing a series of images.

Zoom in on the small degrees of a thermometer. Apply heat and cold so students can see the mercury rise and fall.

Examine the dials on small instruments.

Demonstrate the interactions of liquids

Lead students in a dissection. Clearly demonstrate techniques and steps. Point out the organs students need to locate with close up views.

Place a map in the background and allow students to film a weather broadcast.

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Science – cont.

Examine delicate or fragile items such as shells and fossils.

Demonstrate the steps in a scientific experiment.

Model chemistry problems, solving physics formulas.

For a short amount of time, place a small bug or insect under the camera and observe its movement and habits.

Look closely at fish scales, star fish, a hatching egg, a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, salmon eggs (and have seen the embryos moving inside!)

Show lab set ups.

Demonstrate how to complete types of electrical circuits.

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Examine food nutrition labels on packaging.

Show proper hand washing techniques.

Demonstrate wound care.

Show a model of the heart so everyone can see the details.

Demonstrate proper brushing techniques.

Have a student brush their teeth, the chew a red revealing tablet. Zoom in on the student’s mouth – gross!

Demonstrate food chemistry.

Examine molds growing on foods up close.

Look at the ingredient list of junk foods.

Demonstrate portion sizes.

Look at charts to determine a BMI, ideal weight for height, and obesity.

Show and draw pictures of different emotions.

Show pictures and items for the V.I.P. student.

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Visual Art

Create stop motion animation movies

Claymation animation.

Focus on an artist’s work and style, display works of art from books about the artist.

Demonstrate painting techniques on a flat surface where the paint will not drip or run.

Fold origami in live demonstrations – and everyone can see!

Analyze aspects of a work of art.

Zoom in on impressionist art noticing the brush strokes of color. Then zoom out and notice how the eye blends the colors.

Set up a still life; show the objects with the projector so everyone can see.

Share student art examples. Their work and neatness improves when they know they will share it with the class.

Demonstrate drawing techniques such as creating texture.

Demonstrate combining shapes to make other objects.

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Project music and lyrics for everyone to see.

Teach music reading skills and music literacy too.

Make rhythm patterns to play with percussion instruments.

Display pictures of instruments while listening to music.

Show pictures of composers.

Display a piece of music for several musicians to play.

Have students place a few objects under the camera. Say the names of the objects in a rhythm pattern. Clap the pattern and then notate the pattern e.g. Apple, banana, pear. Apple, banana, pear.

Draw maps of a song you are learning. Make a phrase map, a beat map, a rhythm map, and a score. Allow the class to follow teacher and student maps.

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Finger puppet shows

Hold and record a debate with persuasive arguments on both sides.

Create a story board for a movie or play.

Film a play, opera, speech or dramatic reading.

Dance / PE

Show diagrams of a dance step.

Film a movement activity. When replaying the video, point out expressive movement, impressive shapes, following directions, and good examples of using personal space.

Show P.E. rules or rules for a game to be played.

Demonstrate techniques.

Draw out basketball or football plays so the entire team can see.

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Vocational Ed

Demonstrate sewing techniques.

Demonstrate steps in cooking, No special mirror needed.

Display a recipe in a cooking class.

Examine a credit card statement for details on minimum payments, finance charges, percentage rates etc.

Demonstrate compound interest on a calculator.

Demonstrate how to fill out a check.

Demonstrate small engine or automotive repair.

Demonstrate the safe operation of woodworking machinery.

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Classroom Management

Share examples of students work.

Record a lesson for a substitute teacher to show in your absence or post to the web for students to review difficult concepts.

Allow students to use the camera during indoor recess.

Focus class attention during discussions

Develop class rules by writing and displaying them

Make and print a copy if you run short

Place a time under the camera to help students with time management.

Use a picture schedule. When it is time to transition to the next activity. Show the students what is coming next.

Model note taking skills using an actual piece of notebook paper.

Project a test answer key for grading; students follow with their eyes and not just their ears.

Allow students to be the teacher.

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Classroom Management

Place bell ringers or exit slips (activities for the students to do as they are coming into class or right before they leave)

Make lines on your white board by projecting a blank piece of lined paper onto your white board so you and your students can write straight.

Have a student who struggles focusing on work do the assignment under the document camera. They may be motivated by the opportunity and you can check their progress with a quick glance.

Zoom in on worksheet instructions so students can find and read them.

Capture student’s work for electronic portfolios.

Use in staff meetings to explain forms.

Extemporaneous demonstrations.

Share assessment data with faculty or school boards.

The whole class can do an assignment together when you may not have had time to make individual copies.

Displaying emerging work from students as exemplars raises the standard for production for that group.

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Show slides.

A camera connected to a computer can act as a scanner.

Capture daily work and activities and post to a class website

Saved images can be incorporated into Power Point Presentations and Windows Movie Maker to use in activities such as end of year programs, classroom review and back to school nights.

Show transparencies you have already made. You may have to place a piece of paper behind them.

Project to a TV and record with an old VHS tape. It is fun to watch those tapes in Fast Forward or reverse too.

Focus student attention on a keyboard and demonstrate a technique.

Project your computer screen to a TV if you do not have a projector.

Show visuals for a lecture without having to develop a presentation.

Make electronic boards and components more visible.

Take apart electronic gadgets, show different parts and how it works.

Closely examine a printed circuit board.

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