Lots of teachers have contacted us recently asking how they can share both the video from their document camera and front-facing webcam with their students. Doing so can help to make your online lessons significantly more engaging. This is especially important if you teach younger students because they can, from time to time, have a propensity to get a tad restless.
These instructions will show you how you can share both cameras at once, with your document camera taking up the majority of the screen and your front-facing camera appearing to the side.
To follow the steps below you’ll need OKIOCAM Snapshot and Recorder — our completely free live presentation, photo, and video recording app. Click here to download it. Once you’re all set, let’s get to it!
- Before starting the Skype call, ensure that your front-facing webcam is selected as your Camera and not your document camera. If your document is preselected as your Camera, here’s how you can change it:
- Click the downward-facing arrow in the bottom left-hand corner.
- Select your front-facing camera from the list and then start the Skype call.
- Launch OKIOCAM Snapshot and Recorder.
- In Skype, click Share screen.
- Select OKIOCAM Snapshot and Recorder. Click Start sharing.
This image shows what the other people on the call will see.
- So that your students can see both the video from your document camera and your front-facing camera, ask them to drag and drop your circular image in the top right corner toward the middle of their screen.
- When you want to stop screen sharing, in Skype, click Share screen and then Stop sharing.