iPad as a Document Camera

I have been using my iPad a little differently lately in my classroom. I have a document camera in my classroom but due to its location, it’s not the easiest to use. It’s also very difficult to allow the students to use. Instead of using my document camera for activities such as Daily Oral Language or Math Word Problem of the Day, I have been using my iPad.

To do this you need an iPad 2 or later, an art app that allows the use of layers, some way of mirroring your iPad display to your computer or projector (I use Reflection) and a stylus.

It works like this…Take a picture of the document you wish to use with the class using the camera on the iPad. Import it into your favorite art app that allows layers. Create a new layer on top. This will be the layer you use to make your notes. Set up mirroring on your computer and iPad. Use your stylus to make your notes or better yet hand the iPad to students and allow them to make the notes.

Screencasting with an iPad

These are some additional notes from Screencast Camp that I attended in August of 2012.

The Quest for the iPad screencasting app…
By Anton Bollen

Currently there is not a real good solution for using screencasting to capture how to use an iPad or it’s application. This presentation will explore some possibilities…


  • Use a document camera to record video…easy, gestures are captured, details are harder to see, less polished. Adorama.com for tutorial for recording iPad with a video camera.
  • Use iPad mirroring to record screen (Reflection MAC or PC or Air Server Apps) and use Camtasia to record the screen….no touches or gestures get captured, inexpensive $15,
  • Use a video capture box/card
  • Jailbreak your iPad…display recorder app
  • To Visualize Gestures

    Gestures are important as they show how to use an app, much like a mouse on a traditional keyboard
    Create graphics to show touch and animate within Camtasia, such as a circle animated in different ways.
    Use a green screen to record various actions using your hand, then use the resulting video in Camtasia to layer over captured screen cast.


    GestureWorks software with fonts showing icons for gestures