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Document Camera

What is a Document Camera?

video thumbThe WolfVision Desktop Visualizer, or document camera is a presentation tool that allows you project images of almost any object or document that will fit onto its platform. Sea shells or maps, textbooks or art projects, these items can be instantly shared with your class. The system even allows you to take snapshot images that can be saved to the hard drive.

Old overhead transparencies can be imaged instantly and saved into a digital format for future use without the need to ever use an overhead projector again.


Why do I want a Document Camera?

The document camera allows you to …

  • Use overhead transparencies without the need for an overhead projector
  • Convert your overhead transparencies to digital images
  • Project 3D object images in great detail
  • Record full motion action, for instance, record all the steps necessary to complete an algebraic formula

Document Cameras at USD

Document cameras are already located in many classroom across campus, typically they are housed in a drawer in the side of the unit. The number of units are growing as classrooms are continuously renovated and new equipment installed.

Document cameras can be used with either a Mac or PC (many classrooms are now dual boot) and replace the need for overhead projectors. The zoom feature allows you to really focus in on detail of an item. Full motion recording allows you to capture movements to your computer for future playback. Items and documents can also be turned into digital images in a snap

Great for flowcharts, mathematical formulas, and more. Instructors are finding document cameras useful across disciplines.

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How do I get a Document Camera?

Many classrooms at USD already have document cameras.  Contact Instructional Media Services (IMS) to find out where these are located.

Document Camera Help and Information

Training/Demos are in Maher 186, or dchedule a brief training session with an IMS representative
by calling 619-260-4567.