Finally, A Cheap But Powerful Document Camera For Classrooms

document cameraDocument cameras can be hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. They’re popular in classrooms and you’ll find them all over your school. During my recent stint earning my Master’s Degree, I saw teachers fumble and tinker with document cameras in an effort to show off a simple thing sitting on their desk. In some cases, several minutes of valuable teaching time elapsed while brilliant professors asked if any student knew how to turn on the document camera.

This is why technology can be a bad thing for the classroom.

It’s not usually user-friendly and many users (less tech-savvy teachers) simply don’t want it and never asked for it. So when I sat through several instances of professors valiantly trying to wrench expensive document cameras into position and get flustered beyond belief … I knew there was a problem.

document cameraI was recently wondering if there’s been any innovation on this front and, to my welcome surprise, I came across numerous teachers talking about the IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera. It’s a simple and effective tool that’s both cheap and versatile. It’s $69, works with USB (so it’ll plug into your laptop if your classroom desktop is from the dark ages), and it works with Evernote. Yes, Evernote. Sweet eh?

Note: I haven’t been paid or compensated in any way to write about this document camera. I just know it’s being used by more and more teachers so I figured it’s worth mentioning and getting the word out.

As you can see in the image to the right, the IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera fits on most desks, has autofocus (sweet!), does 30 frames-per-second video (great for showing moving graphics rather than just a static document), and it works with Mac, Windows, and even the Chrome (read: Google Chromebooks) operating systems.

Looking for some interesting ways to use document cameras in your classroom? Check out this fabulous guide on the EdTechNetwork.

1 Comment

  1. Jeanette

    January 7, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I have used this IPEVO camera for several years and like you have found it a good, inexpensive alternative to a more expensive camera. Most recently I have used the iOS app ‘Boardcam’ which uses your iPhone or iPad camera as a document camera in the same way as the IPEVO when displayed using a data projector. Additionally it has a cursor that will follow your finger so that you can draw attention to various elements of what is being displayed. It also has a freehand annotation tool and any annotations can be saved for future reference. There is a free version or a full version for around $10.50. Hope this also helps others.