Setting up a Doc Cam with Zoom

If you need to capture your handwriting as part of presenting online via Zoom, a document camera can be the way to go. This article explores two different ways of sharing your document camera via Zoom. 

Approach 1: Sharing the Document Camera by changing the webcam

Document cameras are essentially a different webcam. As such, the simplest way of selecting a document camera is from the list of available cameras, just as you would any other webcam.

This approach will replace your webcam with the document camera, allowing students to see what you are writing (particularly if they have selected to view in speaker mode).

Selecting a document camera from list of cameras

The limitation to be aware of using this approach is that students will only be able to see your text when the focused participant (i.e., who Zoom deems to be talking) is on you. If a student asks a question, the focus will turn to that student, meaning that any material you have shared will not be available. (If they are viewing via gallery view, they likely won’t be able to read any material, unless there is only a very limited number of people on the call). 

Approach 2: Sharing the Document Camera via Screen Share

The alternative approach to share a document camera is to do so via the screen share option. This approach has the advantage the screen will be visible even when students are asking questions. To share the doc cam: 

  1. Click on the bright green ‘Share Screen’ button: Found on Zoom’s control bar
  2. Click Advanced: Shows additional sharing options
  3. Click connect from 2nd camera
Sharing a document camera via zoom: 1) click share in the control bar, 2) advanced, and then 3) Connect from 2nd Camera

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