Technology @ High Point, vol. 14
Tech for teaching and learning in our new space
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This Week's Tech Feature:
Elmo Document Camera
Who is it for?
- Sharing info for the entire class to see
- Enlarging items for students with a vision impairment
- Sharing materials over a Zoom call
The Elmo camera is wonderfully portable so you can fold it down and carry it home in a bag if you need to teach virtually from home. Or fold it up and store it in a closet when not being used. There is a thumb screw at the base of the camera that can be tightened if it is moving too easily and falling at that joint. The camera head swivels more than 180 degrees to allow for all angles of recording.
There are 2 buttons on the Elmo camera. The white, circular button on the top of the Elmo turns on and off a LED light to brighten your pictures. The orange button is for auto focus. Press it to focus your video.
Plug the Elmo USB cable into the Elmo and the computer. The camera automatically powers on when it is plugged in. It does not require any software to be installed so it is easy to set it up quickly on any machine with internet access. Visit the ImageMate +C website on the same computer the camera is plugged in to view the feed: https://imagemate-c.com/ See below for a description of all the markup buttons on the website. You can markup the live video or saved videos and images on your computer.
Share the Windows screen to the BenQ board for the entire class to see what's on the Elmo camera.
When on Zoom calls, there are 3 ways you can share the video from your Elmo camera plugged in to the USB jack:
- Switch your camera to the Elmo by clicking on the caret next to the "Stop Video" button on your Zoom screen and selecting the "OX-1" camera.
- In your Zoom window select "Share Screen." Click on the "Advanced" tab and select "Content from 2nd Camera" which has an icon of a document camera. Click "Share." This view will show what is on your document camera There is a "Switch Camera" icon in the upper left corner of your screen so you can quickly switch back to computer webcam and then back to the Elmo whenever needed.
- Visit the ImageMate +C website https://imagemate-c.com/ to see the live feed from your webcam. In your Zoom call share your screen with the website up. You will be able to use the mark-up tools on the website during the Zoom call.
The video below shows you how to do #1 & 3 above.
The Elmo must be powered by a USB jack so there are no batteries or charging to worry about.
Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom
Celebrate Student Work
Students can work on math problems or writing on a Boogie Board at their desks. Teachers can select Boogie Boards to place under the Elmo camera and display for the entire class to celebrate work done by classmates.
Place colored cellophane over the Elmo camera to do this color filtering science experiment as a class and learn what colors of light pass through colored lenses.
Place manipulatives under the Elmo camera and use the ImageMate +C website to write the numbers on the items as you count them so students can see how quantity relates to the written numbers.