Document Camera (Doc Cam)

Share physical objects or handwritten content to in-room screens or remote participants.

Technology Overview

A document camera is a camera mounted on an adjustable arm attached to a base. Instructors can place blank paper for writing, printouts, book pages, or other smaller objects under the camera. Everything placed under the camera is projected live to the screen in the room or to remote participants. This allows all students to see the materials on a larger scale even if they are not physically close to the materials.

Use Case and Benefits

  • Write notes, solve problems, and draw diagrams on your own paper instead of a whiteboard.
  • Display handouts, textbook examples, solution keys, photos, maps, or other pre-printed papers.
    • Annotate on pre-printed papers. If you want to re-use the pre-printed paper or not mark up the original, place a clear sheet over the paper and write on the clear sheet using whiteboard markers.
  • Demonstrate models, equipment, 3D printed objects, or other physical artifacts.

Accessing the Technology

A document camera is on the teaching station in all general purpose classrooms, some auditoriums and some special purpose spaces. The document camera can be shared from the teaching station touch panel. The image being displayed can be refined by changing settings on the document camera device itself.

Learn More & Get Help

To start learning about the use of doc cams, review the following curated resources:

Additional resources are available in the CTL knowledge base.

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