Digital SMART Classroom – Document Camera
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Digital SMART Classroom – Document Camera

Hi, I’m Jeff Jarvis with ITS – Digital Media
Services. Today we’re going to take a look at one of
the features of the new Digital SMART Classrooms, the document camera. The document camera allows you to display
any object that you place under the camera to your students. Whether it’s a book, a piece of paper, any
type of object that will fit under the camera can be displayed to your students in the classroom. There are a couple of features I want to take
a look at with the document camera. The first thing is that it has a flexible
arm. So you can move the camera around. It doesn’t have to be stationary on the arm
of the podium. You can move it around so it can see whatever
object you want to put underneath it. The other feature is that there is a LAMP
button on the document camera. A small light will light up underneath the
camera providing a little bit of extra light for the podium. You may be asking yourself, “How do I use
the document camera?” Well, it all depends on how your SMART classroom
is set up. If your SMART podium has a Doc Cam button,
all you need to do is press that Doc Cam button. The projector will switch over to that input
and you are ready to use it. If your SMART classroom does not have this
button, you can still take advantage of the document camera by using the software that
is on the PC. Just double click on the A+ Interactive Software
icon on your desktop. If for some reason that icon is not on your
desktop, you can find it under the Start button, All Programs. When the software opens, you will see a page
with the document camera video on it. You can maximize this page to make it easier
to see for your students. You will also see some toolbars on the left
side and bottom side of the screen. The toolbar on the left side of the screen
can be used to zoom in and out of the image, to freeze the image on the screen or to rotate
the image. The toolbar at the bottom of the screen allows
you to make annotations on the screen. You can add shapes, add text, whatever type
of annotation you want can be added to the screen. These tools are built into the A+ Interactive
Software. If you are familiar and more comfortable with
Flow Works, that software is also compatible with the document camera and you can use that
software to make annotations on the screen as well. These are just a few of the features of the
new document cameras. For more complete information, you can visit
the AverMedia website at If you have any questions or want more information
about the new digital SMART classrooms, please contact the ITS Help Desk at extension 5000. Thanks for watching.

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