Document Cameras

I’m currently in a session at our state music convention where a presenter is showing how to use a document camera throughout all the aspects of a middle school band rehearsal.

It isn’t the director’s “home” setup, but the image is really hard to see (blurry and dark), and I keep thinking of how I could do nearly everything with an iPad 2 (which will soon be outdated by the iPad 3).

You can use an iPad as a document camera (there are several YouTube videos out there on this matter), or you could take pictures and interact with any number of programs.

Video #1

Video #2

I think the main point is that the director leaves the document camera on his music stand all hour, every hour. That might be hard to do with an iPad on a ring stand, but if you scan your music in the first place, the resulting image is better than a document camera.

I’m not against the technology of document cameras, but they are a transitional technology between a digital and non-digital world.

Document cameras, a single use technology, typically “start” at $400. Isn’t a multi-purpose device like an iPad (combined with the Apple TV and a projector, and you need the projector in either case) a better expenditure? (If using the iPad’s camera feature, you could also make a video of your presentation).

I am absolutely iPad-biased. I admit that. But I am always trying to find the best overall solution for education or music education. Someday that might be another device–for now, the answer is the iPad.


Posted on February 16, 2012, in General Musings, Other Technology. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Document Cameras.

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