Zoomtext is a great software which integrates multiple features for visually impaired population. With the new Zoomtext 10, you can now setup an USB web cam as an inexpensive CCTV alternative. Here is an example of how to setup an IPEVO Ziggi USB doc cam with Zoomtext.
Step 2 – Plug in IPEVO Ziggi into a free USB port. Wait till the prompt tells you the doc cam is installed and ready to use, then launch Zoomtext 10.
Step 3 – On Zoomtext, click “Tools” then select “Camera…” as shown in the picture.
Step 4 – Select “IPEVO Ziggi” using the drop down menu in the newly prompt window and click OK. (Note: IPEVO Ziggi may not appear if Zoomtext is launched BEFORE the cam is correctly installed. Close Zoomtext, install the camera, then launch Zoomtext again if this happens.)
Step 5 – Back to Zoomtext main window, again click “Tools”, then select “Launch Camera”. There are 5 options to launch the camera, feel free to choose one that suits you the best.
Step 6 – Place the reading material under IPEVO Ziggi.
Step 7 – A Zoomtext Camera bar will appear if camera is launched successfully. You can now adjust the live image using the icons on the tool bar to help improve reading experience.
Step 8 – If the preset rotation degrees does not satisfy your need, you can also rotate the swivel head of IPEVO Ziggi camera for more options.
We recently heard from a customer named Pat who told us about her experience with the Ziggi USB Document Camera. Pat let us in on a new way to use Ziggi — as an aid for the visually impaired. It’s a nifty story that might help others, and we’d like to share it with you. Pat told us about a program called ZoomText which, when used with a webcam, allows significant zoom-in and other visual enhancements of images in order to display text or objects nice and big on the computer screen.
“I love this camera,” Pat wrote to us. “I am visually impaired and I use this to read documents, mail, notes, credit card numbers, etc. I also use it with Skype and ZoomText 10. It adjusts easily to almost any position you might need and the auto focus is fairly quick.” We had never heard of ZoomText before, so we did a little investigation and experimentation using both Ziggi and the Point 2 View doc cam. Pat is definitely on to something— both Ziggi and the Point 2 View work great with the ZoomText software.
Both of IPEVO’s cameras feature high-res image quality and a Macro mode to capture close-ups and fine details. On top of these features, ZoomText offers multiple high-contrast color schemes, an up to 36x digital zoom, and clarity controls to make the image even sharper. So, it appears ZoomText and IPEVO doc cams are a great match for visually-impaired individuals in need of accessibility features on their computer. Capture a document with Ziggi or the Point 2 View, then blow it up and make it even more readable with ZoomText. Sounds like a winning combination to us! We’ll let Pat sum up her feelings on the subject: “The resolution beats all other webcams I’ve seen. My husband bought several webcams recently and all were inferior to this product. Ziggi is a wonderful camera for a great price.”
We are really excited that Ziggi and the Point 2 View have the potential to make documents more accessible for the visually impaired. We invite you to check out ZoomText. And as always, feel free to share your own story about our document cameras by writing to Customer Service at email@example.com.
The education community has given us tremendous support, and we wanted to do something to show our appreciation. That’s why we developed the new IPEVO Wishpool. Teachers, listen up, because we might be able to make your education technology wishes come true — for free!
Wishpool is a unique program that’s all about empowering teachers with free IPEVO ed tech — like the Ziggi and Point 2 View USB Document Cameras which have both been such a hit in the classroom. Wishpool is free to sign up for and it’s very simple. You just need to be a teacher at a registered primary or secondary school (public or private) within the United States, Canada, Japan, or the European Union. Visit the Wishpool website and register with your school email address.
From there, we want to know your story! Tell us about your classroom — what you do, what your students are doing, and how IPEVO technology might help you take your teaching (and their learning) to new heights. A written story is great, and any pictures are a big help as well. We call these “wish stories” — when you think you could do even more in your classroom with an IPEVO product, let us know and we’ll try to make your wish come true.
That’s pretty much it. You’ll receive a confirmation email letting you know your wish story was approved. Your story will appear on the Wishpool website as inspiration and to generate even more ideas for teachers with the same goals. After about a week, we’ll let you know whether we were able to fulfill your wish. If so, you’ll receive one or more of our monthly ed tech giveaways featured on the Wishpool website.
Wishpool is a program for special teachers, and our goal is pretty special, too — a better, technology-rich education for more children, each and every day. And with teachers like you leading the way, we can do it.
Remember, applying for complimentary products through Wishpool is absolutely free and there’s no obligation. So if you’re a teacher with technology needs in the classroom, there’s no reason to delay. Sign up for Wishpool (http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/), make your wish, and together we can make a difference.
All three sizes of the Perch Security Stand — Desktop (S), Side (M), and Podium (L) — are great for businesses of all types. But did you know that these stands are a perfect fit for the classroom, too? Educators will find tons of uses for each size of Perch Security Stand.
For the brief rundown, Perch Stands provide a solid support for the new iPad and iPad 2. The iPad can be mounted in either landscape or portrait orientation at customizable viewing angles thanks to a special dual-axis hinge. And the Security holder features two locks to ensure the iPad can’t be removed from the stand, which is ideal for busy classrooms and curious (and dare we say clumsy) kids. When you use Perch Security Stand, you’ll know the iPad will stay put in the stand.
Let’s talk about each stand:
Desktop (S) — This stand is just the right size for student desks and your teacher’s desk. Students can use education apps either by themselves or with a partner. And when you use Apple TV and the AirPlay app, you can also use Perch S to mount your iPad like a document camera and then project your iPad screen wirelessly onto a widescreen TV or the classroom projection screen.
All of the learning advantages we’ve shared about our Point 2 View and Ziggi Document Cameras (such as 50 Ways to Use Your Doc Cam) apply to your Perch S doc cam. You’ll open up whole new horizons and engage students on multiple levels.
Perch S is also perfect to place on the chemistry lab counter, where you could supplement live experiments with something like Chemistry By Design or make data forms easier to fill out with Forms.
Finally, we wanted to mention an app called GradeCam. This app allows you to use the iPad’s camera to scan and grade the results of multiple choice, “scantron”-type tests. Position the students’ test paper underneath iPad, and you’ll get an instant grade and answer breakdown.
Side (M) — This stand can be placed right near the desk, either for your students or yourself. If you have chairs and couches in addition to the classic desk, note that Perch M’s flat feet can be easily slid under furniture so the user can pull the iPad close. Perch M could also be positioned between two students’ desks for cooperative learning.
Just two of the near-infinite amount of education apps you might want to try are Strip Designer, in which students can create comic strips to illustrate what they’ve learned in a unique way, and ArtRage, in which students can experiment with different drawing tools.
Podium (L) — Last but not least is our tallest stand designed for standing users. These are great for establishing a dedicated “learning center” or “recreation area” that students can visit and use during free time or as a special treat. How about an iTunes U learning library? Or SAT Vocab to build vocab in a fun way? Or how about supplementing a life sciences course with 3D Anatomy, or a course on geography with MapProjector?
Educators, do you have any amazing education apps that you’d like to share? Please feel free to leave a comment. And check out the Perch S, Perch M, or Perch L Security Stand product pages for more info on these handy classroom helpers.
If you’re an educator who has used the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, you know about the camera’s crystal-clear images, thanks to a 2-Megapixel CMOS sensor. And you might have taken advantage of the camera’s macro mode for capturing fine details and text from as close as 2 inches (5 cm) away. Now with the Magnifying Lens — P2V’s newest accessory — you can bring your teaching materials even closer to your students.
The Magnifying Lens is designed to fit snugly right over the front of the Point 2 View camera body — no clips or bolts or anything like that — and taking the lens off is just as easy. All you need to do after that is flip a switch to turn on the Lens’ built-in LED light to illuminate your subject. Then, lay the P2V and Magnifying Lens directly onto your subject. The Lens provides 2x magnification to make tiny details large and clear for projection and for sharing with the whole class. If you thought the Point 2 View alone could capture some stunning images, wait until you use the Magnifying Lens.
What type of things can the Magnifying Lens be used for in the classroom? Science stuff like leaves, wood grain, fabric, metals or electronic parts. Math stuff like diagrams and measuring instruments. Fine details from reproduced or original artwork. Money. Maps. A chart or timeline from the history textbook. And that’s just scratching the surface. As with all of our products, I’m sure we’ll get new ideas from customers about other great uses for the Magnifying Lens (send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea to share!).
Please visit the Magnifying Lens page if you’d like more information and more pictures. And consider purchasing the Magnifying Lens for your classroom or school. We’re sure it will prove its value by offering new and better perspectives for your students.
IPEVO is taking our show on the road at the end of October and beginning of November. We’re going to be setting up booths to showcase the latest and greatest in IPEVO educational tech at two conferences.
First up is EdTech 2011, which takes place from October 26th through the 28th in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Look for us; we’re Booth #511!) The theme of this year’s event is “Unplugged, Unwired.” EdTech is a great gathering of educators, IT administrators, business professionals, librarians and more, all collaborating to discover the very best ways to incorporate technology into education.
Less than a week later, we’ll be greeting visitors at Booth #213 for GaETC 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia Educational Technology Conference takes place from November 2nd through the 4th. From workshops to student-run showcases, GaETC will have a lot to offer educators looking to make an impact on learning in the classroom.
Starting with everybody’s favorite easy-to-use, easy-to-transport, easy-to-get-your-students-inspired image maker, the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, we feel we have a lot to offer educators. So much is possible in your classroom with today’s technology, and we’re proud to be on the cutting edge of educational tech.
If you’ll be in the southeastern United States, please consider stopping by and saying hello at one or both conferences. We’d love to meet you!
Click here to download IPEVO product brochure (2.5MB).
Teachers are always looking for new ways to reach their students, and in that spirit, we’re very pleased to share the story of iCreate to Educate, a Massachusetts-based education technology company. iCreate to Educate provides innovative stop-motion animation software that puts students’ ideas into motion.
iCreate came about as a result of a Tufts University NSF research grant that explored interactive teaching tools and how best to integrate them into the classroom. A software program called SAM Animation was developed from the grant, and several of the Tufts University project leads decided to form iCreate in order to reach teachers directly and achieve true classroom integration of SAM.
SAM Animation is a powerful interactive learning tool in which students can create a digital flip book, capturing images streaming live from a web/document camera—one snapshot at a time—and arranging them into a timeline to illustrate motion. The end product is a stop-motion video that students can easily share through sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. SAM Animation has a simple, user-friendly interface and takes almost no time to learn, a result of feedback from teachers who were tired of spending more time in class learning a new tool than actually exploring the curriculum.
The result is an interactive, multimedia—and fun!—alternative to the ordinary for subjects as diverse as science, math, and reading comprehension. SAM Animation gets students engaged in an intuitive and visual way; the software essentially helps students get a handle on complex subjects or processes (say, chemical reactions, physics problems, or the digestive process), learning that might otherwise get bogged down with difficult vocabulary or non-visual explanations.
This is where iCreate to Educate fits in…bridging the gap between the innovative research lab and K-12 classroom
Melissa Pickering, a co-founder of iCreate, contacted IPEVO after the company’s search for an ideal SAM Animation camera ended with the Point 2 View USB Document Camera. Melissa explained why the Point 2 View made a lot of sense for users of SAM:
“In keeping with our commitment to simplify the animation process as much as possible for teachers, the Point 2 View is extremely easy to use, and its USB plug-and-play capability is a good fit for teachers who just want to plug in and start work. We also really responded to the Point 2 View’s autofocus and single-click focus features. Students can use single-click focus if the camera stays at the same distance to the subject, or autofocus if the camera needs to be moved from shot to shot. It’s great to have either option.”
But perhaps the biggest draw for iCreate was the Point 2 View’s multi-jointed stand.
“We spent a long time trying to come up with a way to mount traditional web cams for animation work,” Melissa told us. “Teachers were using some very unusual rigs for their cameras with SAM Animation! But with the Point 2 View, it’s easy to position the camera anywhere it needs to be for animation capture. The Point 2 View provides effortless versatility, no matter what your subject is.”
Thanks very much to Melissa and iCreate for sharing their story. We understand the company recently celebrated 30,000 downloads of the SAM Animation software. Quite an achievement! If you’re an educator, from kindergarten to high school, and you’re in need of an effective yet fun new teaching tool to bring your curriculum to life, we urge you to download a FREE demo of the SAM Animation software.
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We’ve been talking a lot lately about the Point 2 View USB Camera and education. Recently, we heard from a teacher who has succeeded in using the Point 2 View to win over some very tough critics: a classroom full of third-graders!
Andrea Levesque teaches third grade at Maple Wood Elementary in New Hampshire. As she explained, she has always embraced the notion of integrating technology into the learning process:
“I take every new technology initiative as a personal challenge. Technology is great for motivating the students, and for inspiring them to go further with their learning.
Andrea introduced her class to the Point 2 View, and her students have responded: she’s been using it almost every day.
“We’ve been preparing for NECAP [the New England Common Assessment Program],” Andrea told us. “I have each student write a paper on a topic, and then the kids take turns using the Point 2 View to display their papers on the whiteboard, getting immediate feedback on their work. This is a great way to spur class discussion, and to help make writing more interactive and fun.”
Andrea shared the secret to her success:
“I let the students take charge with the Point 2 View. They direct the camera themselves, which is possible because the Point 2 View is so simple and easy-to-use, unlike our clunky overhead projectors. This increases the level of interactivity, and learning is that much more effective when students are engaged and involved.”
Reader’s theater is another activity for which the Point 2 View has been used in Andrea’s class. In reader’s theater, students are assigned characters from a play, and they perform their dialogue in front of the class, reading from the book. Andrea explained how she set up her class’ theater:
“We mounted the Point 2 View on top of the laptop using the monitor clip. The image was then projected to the whiteboard. The group that was performing faced the camera, and while they read they were able to watch themselves on the whiteboard. The rest of the kids could watch the screen or the actual kids.
“Technology like the Point 2 View is so promising because students are more fully participating in their learning,” Andrea concluded. “And when that happens, lessons are much more likely to be remembered and retained.”
Many thanks to Andrea, and to her class! It’s good to hear the Point 2 View has found a place in your classroom.
The second and final day of TechEd has drawn to a close. Thanks so much to all the educators and administrators who stopped by the IPEVO booth to try out the Point 2 View USB Camera.
We’ve got one more list of ideas from educators to share with you. So without further ado, here they are!
One school official noted the Point 2 View would be a great device to include as part of a grant proposal for the Enhancing Education through Technology (or Ed-Tech) program.
An educator, who is involved in science education initiatives for children as young as four, admired the Point 2 View for its simplicity and ease of use, especially considering the very young students who would be using the camera to share projects with one another.
One pair of IT administrators talked about a “Classroom in a Bag” program, which is designed to equip educators with resources that are portable, so teachers can easily move from classroom to classroom. The featherweight Point 2 View definitely “makes the grade” for this initiative.
A chemistry teacher thought the Point 2 View would be an easy way to share both three-dimensional and on-paper molecular diagrams with his students.
One practical teacher had the idea that the Point 2 View would be especially useful at the beginning of the school year, when not every student has his or her textbook yet. Text and image from the class textbook could be shared, keeping everyone on the same page—literally.
Another teacher remarked how tedious and wasteful it is to furnish pages copied from a textbook to all the students. Why not save a little headache (and a lot of paper) by using the Point 2 View to share text digitally?
A teacher of forensics (science applied to help solve a crime or settle a legal matter) loved the Point 2 View for its ability to project images of fingerprints and other small forensic details for the benefit of the class.
Are you a teacher, school administrator, or education IT professional with questions about how the Point 2 View can enhance your school’s learning environment? Please contact us email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Once more, we’re here to share our impressions of TechEd 2010, and the ideas that are being generated about the Point 2 View USB Camera and its use in an educational context.
Before we get into more camera ideas, let’s give you the highlights of what other companies are busy with around the convention floor. Technophiles beware: the following list may result in sensory overload!
A company called Paton Group displayed their 3-dimensional printer that carves extremely intricate items from a plastic polymer. This has applications for architecture, medicine and biology, and design prototyping of all kinds. It’s super cool.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory was showing off a life-sized replica of the “Spirit” NASA probe that explored the surface of Mars. They had a large, panoramic mural on display of the landscape of Mars, and through glasses the mural took on a realistic three-dimensional look. Also very, very cool. The project manager of the Mars probe mission, John Callas, was the day’s keynote speaker.
NanoProfessor showed off their “NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System.” This impressive-looking piece of equipment allows students to create their own “nanoscale structures,” extraordinarily tiny objects that are innovating everything from medicine to engineering. Students can then view their creations with powerful (and student-friendly) atomic microscopes.
A company called Details demonstrated what they call the Walkstation. It’s a combination office desk and treadmill. Yes, you read correctly. You can cruise along at a cool 2 miles per hour, burning calories as you type emails or browse the web. To me, the whole concept seems a little tough to swallow, but we’ll let you make the call.
There were many other products floating around, but those to me were the most interesting.
Now, as promised, on to more ideas about using the Point 2 View to help teach!
A high school science teacher thought about using the Point 2 View to augment his lecture on magnetism. While he lectures about polarity, magnetic fields, the earth’s magnetic poles, etc., he can demonstrate with magnets, a compass, and more for his students.
A teacher of ESL (English as a Second Language) and remedial reading praised the Point 2 View as an inexpensive way for her to show text from a book that she or a student is reading aloud. She said that seeing text as well as hearing it is essential for effective teaching in ESL/remedial reading contexts.
A local teacher of video production remarked that the Point 2 View would be ideal for capturing the details of operating a video or film camera, with all its small dials and features. Additionally, the stand would allow him to position the camera just right, and he would have both hands free to operate the camera.
Straying a bit from a school setting, but education-related nonetheless, we chatted with a lady about her involvement with Toastmasters International, an organization designed to increase confidence in public speaking for business professionals and others. Members frequently give verbal presentations, and we agreed the Point 2 View would provide a welcome visual complement to these prepared speeches. This might be an entire blog entry at some point.
That’s it for now, but stayed tuned for any discoveries from Day 2 of TechEd 2010!