Make Your Own Document Camera

Module 2 in the All Things Document Cameras Series

In this module, you will learn how to make a document camera with your cellphone or tablet and everyday items you find in your home.

Time to complete: 40 minutes

Imagine – You are all set to try out one of the IPEVO document cameras in your next session. But wait! Things don’t go according to plan. Maybe they are all signed out from the LU library! Or, maybe, you don’t make it to the LU office to pick one up in time! Or, worse still, you discover that you or your learner do not have a USB port on your device to hook up the document camera!

What now?

No problem! As long as you have a tablet or smartphone and a few items from your household, you can build your own functional document camera that you can customize for your needs. In this module, we will show you how to build one and use it in your Zoom tutoring session.

Read, Listen, Watch

Watch the video to learn more. Read the downloadable Guide.

A Guide to Making Your Own Document Camera

Let’s Try Things Out

A practical exercise for you to try!

Make Your Own Document Camera


Here’s a quick summary of what you covered in this module.

In this module, you have learned how to set up and use your smartphone or tablet as a document camera. You’ve built your own DIY document camera and tested it.

Tutor Challenge

Go to the next level!

Watch the DIY document camera videos together. Challenge your learner to set up a document camera and use it in a session. Think about:

  1. What did you like about using a document camera?
  2. Who was active?
  3. Do you think your learner could set up a document camera?
  4. How can you use the document camera in writing activities with your learner?

Next Steps

Here are some ideas to go to the next level!

You are ready for the next module:

  • Module 3 – Document Cameras in a Multisensory Approach – Top Tips
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