Using OKIOCAM in the Science Classroom

Document Cameras in the Science Classroom during the Pandemic

In science, students are often required to connect theoretical concepts to real-life scenarios through experiments or demonstrations. Document cameras allow teachers to provide a more authentic and tangible connection with the content that they are teaching. What I love about document cameras is that they allow me to seamlessly interchange between my course presentation and live demos to demonstrate further understanding, without having to pre-record or curate videos beforehand. This allows for more organic discussions — the lesson content can be driven by students’ curiosity, and learning is more of a collaborative effort rather than uni-directional.

Why do I prefer OKIOCAM?

In a climate where educational technology and tools are constantly emerging, teachers are overwhelmed by the number of options that are out there. To me, OKIOCAM immediately stands out amongst its competitors because of its price, how compact it is, and the easy integration between the camera and Google Workspace tools such as Google Slides.

Compact

The OKIOCAM is light and compact and similar in size to a TI-36X Texas Instruments calculator.

Price

OKIOCAM is the most affordable document camera when compared to similar devices on the market. The OKIOCAM ranges in price from $69.00 for the OKIOCAM S and $89.00 for the OKIOCAM T. The OKIOCAM S offers a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1440, whereas the OKIOCAM T’s maximum resolution is 2592 x 1944. OKIOCAM is the best choice for teachers who want a good document camera without the financial burden. Furthermore, its compact size allows teachers to take it between the home and the classroom effortlessly, further ensuring its ease of use.

Google Workspace Integration

The one thing that really attracted me to OKIOCAM is the seamless integration with Google Workspace. None of the other document cameras provide a seamless integration, which means that users would have to capture footage or images beforehand and import them into Google Workspace tools such as Google Slides or Google Docs.

How do I use OKIOCAM?

OKIOCAM provides teachers with a plethora of apps that best suit various needs depending on what type of videos the teacher wants to create. With a simple installation, I can easily plug and play without having to configure the camera or my computer.

Videos that Increase Student Engagement

Research has shown that digital images and videos can be powerful tools for student learning (Boster et al., 2002; Rochelle et al., 2000; Hieert et al. 2002). Images can capture students’ attention and spark curiosity. Videos can create engagement and help students form higher-level connections to concepts taught in class (Roschelle et al., 2000). Boster et al. (2002) demonstrated a positive correlation between student test scores and the use of video clips to supplement instruction. I too have seen an improvement in my students’ understanding of their experiments since I started demonstrating it using the Snapshot and Recorder app. Generally, I use the Snapshot and Recorder app to demonstrate an experiment set-up before starting. This has helped my students to visualize what they’re doing in an experiment, allowing them to manage their resources and time well.

How I use Snapshot and Recorder to provide students with a different perspective during an experiment.
OKIOCAM allows me to explain what the students should be expecting in their experiments without worrying that my online and in-person students have a different perspective.

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