Using Desktop Cameras


Last night’s 15 minute forum was led by history teacher Jack Tyler.  Jack has been using an IPEVO desktop camera in his lessons this year, so shared his experiences.  The device is very simple to set up and simply sits on your desk.  You can then bring student work, extracts of writing, text book pages etc over to it, put them underneath (as in the picture above) and it displays this on your screen – as a live image, but you can also take photos from it.  The resolution is impressive, as shown in this example:


The following video outlines some uses:

There are a range of obvious teaching and learning benefits.


  • IPEVO can be used to share examples of excellence from the class – so as students are working, if you spot an excellent piece of work, you can display it to the rest of the class and discuss/critique it.
  • Can also take photos to share with other groups and use for the ‘Wall of Excellence’ or ‘Portfolios of excellence’ (to support our ‘assessment without levels’ work in in KS3, curriculum areas are collating examples of work work at each threshold, to share and discuss amongst themselves, but also with students).
  • At the start of the year, or a new topic, it’s a great way to share the standard of work expected.

Peer feedback

  • Also an excellent tool for ‘live’ peer assessment as a class – get the class to identify positive aspects for a piece of work, as well as areas for improvement.
  • Before students do this, they should obviously have discussed shared success criteria beforehand.

Moving students on and DIRT

  • An excellent resource for DIRT lessons – some have their work ‘live’ marked, and you can show how to improve a piece of work.
  • Others can use this to reflect on and improve their own answers.


  • we all know that the most effective form of praise is personalised, very specific (why is it so good) and in the context of the work they are doing there and then.  IPEVO allows you to use excellent examples from the class for this instant praise.
  • Peer sharing of work that required improvement is also a good opportunity to praise the positives – as well as showing the improvements that students have made in response to feedback – so praising the effort, by using tangible examples of their work.

Low cost

  • Requires very little planning and is very time efficient – you see a piece of work that is great and you can share it and discuss it instantly.
  • No need to have copied up or written model answers/those needing improvement – much better to use ‘real’ examples from students.
  • Also great for beaming a source/passage/set of questions up onto the board.  Much like the old OHP!
  • For such a useful piece of equipment, they are very affordable – and can be ordered at amazon here:


There are other great uses for the camera too:

  • Modelling live writing – either by a student or you.  The cameras are portable, so you can take them to a student, put it over the work and they can explain how they are doing a particular piece of work e.g. transformations in maths.  Whilst, they could do this on a whiteboard, it’s easier just to do it from their desk, in their books.
  • Walking talking mocks/ metacognition – really useful.  Start with a blank exam paper (under the camera) and literally annotate and answer the paper live, with the students – they can then do their own as you are.  Really powerful.
  • In science/DT lessons, showing students objects.

A really cheap and high impact piece of kit – what’s not to like?






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