The document camera is a tremendous instructional tool that you probably use daily. There are more options than just displaying a document/thinking in real time. Your document camera has the capability to take digital stills (pictures) or shoot videos for future use or as an archive of your thinking/student learning. Being able to record your lessons as an archive is invaluable, as well as, setting up lessons for when you are unable to be in your classroom.
I'm going to show you how to perform both of these functions and how to get them to your Google Classroom for archival purposes. First you will need an SD card. These are a relatively cheap or you may already have one laying around your house. They come in various storage sizes, however a 1 GB card will be more than sufficient.
The controls on your document camera are pretty straight forward, but I have highlighted the features that will be highlighted today. When your camera is in "live" mode, you see in real-time what is being displayed. When the SD card is inserted in the side of your document camera (please insert it UPSIDE down) you now gain the ability to snap digital stills or record a movie.
Figure 1: Shows the controls on the facing of your document camera
The camera button creates an image of what is currently under the camera. If you are working on a worksheet or annotating a piece of text, you now have the ability to archive this for future reference. When the document is under the camera, press the camera button and it will capture a digital still of what you see on the screen. It saves the image file to the SD card. The same method works for recording a movie. There is a built in microphone on the top of document camera that does a decent job of recording audio. If you want more direct audio, simply plug in a microphone (the earbuds that come with your cell phone make a great, cost effective tool to use) to the side of the document camera. This will enable you to record your thinking and save it for later.
Figure 2: Shows the side of your document camera with SD reader, audio input and output.
To see what you have recorded, press the MODE button and the blue light will move from LIVE to CAMERA. The on screen display (OSD) will show the images that have been recorded. To view the movies, simply press the MODE button again and the blue light will change to the MOVIE symbol.
If you are happy with what has been saved, you can play the images/movies on the document camera OR you can insert the SD card into your computer and play from there.
If you wish to play the movie on the document camera, but need sound, plug the audio cable you normally plug into your computer into the audio input port on the side of your document camera and the sound will play through your stereo system.
Figure 3: Insert Audio cable into the Audio output on the document camera.
Adding to Google Classroom or other Learning Management System (LMS)
Insert the SD card into the SD reader on the right side of your MacBook Air. The SD card should appear on your desktop allowing you to access the files.
Figure 4: Insert SD card into reader and device will appear on the desktop.
Navigate to your Google Classroom and select the class. Click on the plus sign in lower right hand corner to create new post. Select your image/video files to upload and you're done.
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