Using Your iPad As a Document Camera Replacement

Recently, I was delivering a lesson for my grade 9 applied students involving Calculator Based Rangers (CBR) and I was worried how I could show the resulting distance-time graph examples to the class. Being in a brand new K-12 school, we have attempted to purchase newer technologies and thus an overhead projector and TI-83 ViewScreen didn’t make the technology cut! As I sat and thought for a bit, I realized that I could use the iPad 2’s HDMI-out capability and use it as a document camera directly through our LCD projector. Coupled with a book scanner from somewhere similar to I would be able to scan worksheets onto my iPad and put them up on the projector.

By simply propping up your iPad 2 on a raised surface such as the Bretford Cart as shown in the picture above, you can utilize the camera feature of the iPad 2 to display a document, the screen of a TI-83 calculator, or anything else which you do not have digitally.

Another option available to you is to use the camera feature of the iPad 2 to take snapshots or record video clips of what you are displaying digitally to the class on the LCD Projector. These snapshots and video clips would be useful for a quick recap the next day, or for posting on your course website/blog.

Do you have any other educational uses for the iPad which you’d like to share? Comment below!


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About Kyle Pearce

I’m Kyle Pearce and I am a former high school math teacher. I’m now the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where I uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense making in mathematics. Read more.

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