The technological revolution is rapidly transforming the way people learn, with new education innovations cropping up at every tech exhibit and quickly flooding classrooms all over the world. One staple of the traditional classroom that refuses to be left behind in the rush of technological advancement is the always-dependable document camera.
Document cameras, also called visualizers, are useful for far more than projecting paper handouts and pages from books onto a larger screen—although that basic function will remain useful far into the future. Making use of the latest in hardware and software advancements, document cameras are powerful tools for engaging learners in physical classrooms and virtual distance learning spaces.
With 4K imaging quality, powerful digital and optical zoom capability, and wireless functionality, the best visualizers bring students of all ages incredibly close to the smallest of lesson details. Live images of complex 3D objects like anatomical models, plants, or even living creatures can keep students at the edges of their seats, soaking up unforgettable content. If that’s not close enough, teachers can deploy a microscope adapter to project images of truly microscopic details.
Document cameras are also being endowed with convenient compact designs that correspond with the mobile learning trend and expand their use beyond the classroom. For example, teachers can easily toss a visualizer in a backpack when they take students on a field trip into nature or to a museum. Wireless capability is a lifesaver in these situations, giving teachers the freedom to move around with a tablet. This feature is also invaluable in the classroom, enabling transport from desk to desk so every student can participate in visualizing and sharing.
Video capturing and recording functionality takes document cameras to a whole new level. Visualizers can do it all, from capturing images for use in class or online homework groups to livestreaming a full-length dissection or STEAM robotics programming project on social media. With a document camera, distance learning teachers can spontaneously display materials as they come to mind, delivering an authentic in-class feeling to remote education.
In addition to high-powered hardware specifications, value-added software—such as AVer’s A+ Suite and AVerTouch software—allows even more possibilities for engagement. One-touch access to Wi-Fi and cloud libraries places a wealth of educational materials at teachers’ fingertips. Present photos and videos from popular cloud storage solutions in a split screen, use onboard annotation to add details, and capture inspiration whenever it strikes to save on the cloud for later.
Visualizers are an indispensable part of any future classroom, their evolving technology unlocking an ever-expanding universe of possibilities for interactive learning. Teachers of all levels and modes of education can use document cameras to enact whatever engaging activities they can dream up. As the classroom trends toward digital integration, this simple yet powerful solution is an essential investment for any organization.