Your document camera is more than just a tool for showing live documents and objects. There are some other features that should prove useful in the classroom.

The Freeze button will allow you to freeze an image while you are moving papers or objects to be ready for your next instructions. Simply push Freeze to lock in the current image and push it again to go back to the live camera.

With the Capture button, you can capture several images and then scroll through them so you won't have to waste time finding the next paper or object to put under the camera. To capture, Push the Capture button. You can do this several times in a row. Then, press the Playback button and you will see thumbnails of all the images you have captured. Press the Enter key (in the middle of the Zoom wheel) and you will see your first image displayed. Simply push the right side of the zoom wheel to advance to the next image and the left side to go back. When you want to return to a live image, press the Camera/PC button. Your captured images will stay in the camera's memory until you delete them, even if it is unplugged.

You can also do a split screen or picture-in-picture between the live image and a captured image. To do this, push the Menu button and move over to the Presentation tab by clicking on the right side of the zoom wheel. Choose your function by clicking on the lower part of the zoom wheel and push the enter button in the center. You can always go back to just the live image by pushing the Camera/PC button.

If you have an SD card, you can record video. Insert the SD card in the side of the doc cam and wait for it to initialize. When you are ready to record, press the Recording button. When you are ready to look at your video, press the Playback button and treat it just like you would an image. If you need to hear sound, you will need to have some speakers plugged in to the sound output on the side. It is the green audio port with a speaker icon.

All of these features and more are available on the Aver software called Sphere2. It is available for download from the Aver website. Once you have it on your computer, you can plug your doc cam into your computer by way of a USB cable. Once you launch Sphere2 it will find your camera and show a live image on your computer screen. You can draw and annotate (write notes or labels) on the live image and show it on the screen by way of your computer. You can also capture images with the drawing or annotation on them for later use. They will be saved as .jpgs on your computer. These .jpgs can be imported to a Word doc or Powerpoint presentation. There is also a Print option. You can print whatever is under the camera, be it text or an object. The ClassSend app, which is available for Chromebooks, works with Sphere2 to send an image to your students on a Chromebook. You can send them an image, they can Draw and Annotate, and then send it back to you. There is also a Widget Mode, where your Doc Cam image will show as a picture-in-picture image on your computer screen so you can show something from your computer and the doc cam at the same time.