Maybe you’ve been struggling to figure out how to get those tools back! We struggled, too, persevered, and figured it out! And we want to share with you because it’s really easy!
In this blog post we’ll show you how to build a DIY document camera with materials you have at home. We’ll walk you through step-by-step and in our next post we will show you how to use this tool to support your teaching.
Ready to make a document camera with us? Here goes:
What you'll need:
- 2 equal height supports (soup cans, wipe containers, etc.)
- A board game (or other sturdy material) that’s at least 9” long to suspend over the 2 supports
- Your computer
- A 2nd device with a camera (ie., phone or ipad)
- The Zoom app loaded onto both devices (or whatever online platform you’re using)
- Colorful post-it notes
- Dark colored markers
How to build it:
But how? This is where a picture is worth a thousand words—you can see by our pictures how to construct a platform for your phone:
3. Log onto your online platform, such as Zoom with your computer
4. Log onto the same online meeting with your device (if you name it “My Phone” or “My Ipad” it makes it easier to see which device is which.) Make sure video is turned on for both devices, and audio is turned OFF on the 2nd device.
5. Rest your phone on top of the platform, with the camera extended over the game box, over your projection surface, and voila! The camera is projecting.
8. Remember that your entire Zoom lesson can be recorded easily. Just press the Record Button when you start. When you have finished and pressed “Leave Meeting,” a popup window will show you that the recording is being produced. After you share it with your class, they can watch it as many times as necessary.
Important Note: This type of setup should work with any video conferencing platform! Just log in as a 2nd user on your phone or ipad.
Congratulations! You did it!
Finally, stay tuned for our next blog post all about how you can use your at home document camera to support your teaching.