Document Cameras

Document cameras have come a long way since they were first introduced as an alternative to the overhead transparency machine. Today they can be used to infuse content into a presentation or show 3D material.

Tips for using Document Cameras

  • Use along with a microscope to show slides on the big screen.
  • Use the capture feature to take pictures in the classroom.
  • Display objects from guest speakers without fear of breaking or losing them.
  • Save paper - display printed materials, like story books or test review materials, instead of copying them.
  • Use the Document Camera for Show and Tell.
  • Get rid of your pull down maps – display maps on the doc cam.
  • Display student work for the class to see.

SMART Document Camera with Mixed Reality

The SMART Document Camera now comes available with a Mixed Reality Cube that allows you to infuse 3-Dimensional objects into your lessons. This saves time as you are allowed to add labeled 3-D models into your SMART Notebook Lessons.

Adding 3-D Objects to your My Content Folder:

  1. Open SMART Notebook
  2. Go to the SMART Gallery Tab
  3. Click on SMART Exchange
  4. Search for 3-D content.
  5. Save content to your desktop.
  6. Drag and Drop from Desktop into the My Content Folder

Inserting 3-D Objects into the Lesson:

  1. Locate the object in your Gallery Folder
  2. Drag the object onto the page.
  3. Hold the Mixed Reality Cube under the SMART Document Camera
  4. After the Camera identifies the cube, it is then attached to the 3-D Object.

Student Response Systems
Whether using SMART Response, eInstruction Clickers, or any other brand, there are a few things you might consider when using them to gauge student progress and understanding:
  • Integrate Questions Periodically During Lessons – students tend to remain focused during lessons when then know that every five to ten minutes they are held accountable by questions. Throw in a few between Notebook Pages or PowerPoint Slides.
  • Think-Pair-Share – Have students answer a question using the Student Response System. After viewing class results students can pair up with other students to compare their responses to questions. Once groups reach consensus about answers have them re-answer the questions.
  • Stations – as students rotate through stations they are required to answer one or two questions related to each station. This strategy keeps students on task by requiring them to use time wisely, due to the need to answer each station’s questions. This strategy works well with science and math stations.
  • Test Reviews – Have students answer questions in teams or in a competition style as they review for tests.
  • Pre- and Post-Tests – asking thought provoking pre-test questions provides an informal assessment of students’ prior knowledge and experiences with new content. Completing a posttest periodically not only saves paper, it also reduces chances for cheating.