What’s up with Doc Cameras

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries regarding Document Cameras. The SMART version of this product sells for around $700 dollars. There is some great functionality that this $700 provides, but the cost of admission is pretty steep.

What is a document camera really, other than a webcam-on-a-stick.

Buy this instead: Ipevo P2v, or build your own with cups, straws and a $20 webcam.

Here’s mine. Height adjustable (extra cups sold separately).

Stack of cups with a webcam

Published by jarbenne

Jared Bennett is the Student Information System Consultant at Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

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  1. Wow, @mrjarbenne! I haven’t been able to convince the “powers that be” to buy me a document camera and I see my colleagues struggling to hook it up and keep the drivers updated. Now I have a solution we can all work with. I can afford 10 of these’ I haven’t seen anything this fantastic since the Shamwow! Thanks @mrjarbenne!

  2. I always wanted life in my classroom to be easier. Now I can have my cake and eat it too. I can video myself eating it and then I can set up this magnificent document camera and film the crumbs as they mould! Nothing says science like still shots of moulding cake! Talk bout real life relevance and engagement. You have made a document camera that supports the Ministry’s ‘Growing Success’ document. Thanks Mr Jarbenne, you must be one of the educational gods with Mister Puley!! 😉

  3. This is great. We do have a number of Smart Document camera in our math department but they are costly to replace (one broke) and they do run into problems when smarttech updates the notebook software. Imagine what could be done with just a bit extra effort if we brought are tech department on board, they could create a stand for us.

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