Epson has released two document cameras to complement its education projectors in a quest to bring lessons to life by provoking student engagement in class sessions.
In the last four years, Kenya’s education sector has adopted Epson education solutions most of these being the projectors that have replaced the traditional black board as a writing surface.
The projectors are popular for bringing colour and interactivity to learning environments. Video, sound and photos are used to augment traditional teaching, thus improving the learning experience. With the ELPDC21 and ELPDC13 document cameras, Epson is seeking to achieve this experience.
The high resolution cameras have been designed to save the teacher or lecturer the hustle of displaying raw images straight from the writing material. All they have to do is put the writing sheet under the camera which in return takes the picture and produces a live picture using a projector.
The full HD camera presents clear images and video allowing students to pick the finest detail. For example, Two full pages from a textbook, maps, detailed diagrams and 3D objects can all be displayed to the whole class, without having to reposition the camera, thanks to a large A3 shooting area.
It’s not just with images where these cameras excel. According to Epson, the 30 frames-per-second screen refresh rate, video streaming will be smooth with impressive clarity and without motion blur.
When clear magnification is required, for example when studying historical texts, digital and optical (ELPDC21 only) zoom and a built-in LED light will ensure even intricate detail can be seen. Ideal for science lessons, minute objects can be displayed on a large screen thanks to the included microscope attachment.
The solutions tend to specifically tackle challenges faced in learning environments, such as short projection distances, while providing a rich learning environment.
In Kenya, Secondary schools offering both local and international curricula, and tertiary learning institutions, especially in the parastatal space and those offering professional courses have been early adopters.