Here are some ways I've used it to save time, and ultimately, money:
- Use it to project a book you'd like to read as a class, but don't have enough copies of the book for each student. I use the Interactive White Board to highlight and discuss the book as well. Sometimes I only have one copy of a chapter book, but this allows the kids to have a "printed copy" in front of them.
- If you have a copy limit at your school like we do, then you'll love this one. For morning work, I often have the students complete part of a math worksheet. Instead of copying a worksheet for each student in the class, I print one copy and put it under the document camera. The students copy the math problems and complete them on notebook paper.
- You click the button on top of the camera to snap a picture of whatever is below it. This can be great for science experiments. I recently constructed a parallel and series circuit under the document camera (live action while the kids watched) and then snapped a pic of it. I then saved the file and was able to use that same file for several days while we explored and discussed circuits.
Also, this is a great website that gives tons of ideas on how to use document cameras. It's divided by grade level so you can choose the activities that best fit your classroom: