Adding an Interactive Element to Your Lessons with IPEVO

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, All Applications, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-01-12

2017 has just begun, and if you’re a teacher who is looking to add an interactive element to your lessons, this is the right place to start! Regardless of your budget, IPEVO has the right solution for you with our range of simple, powerful yet affordable classroom tech products.

IPEVO Notebook

First up is the latest offering from IPEVO — the IPEVO Notebook. At 5.83″ by 8.27″ (A5-sized), this notebook may seem pretty ordinary at first glance, but hey, “never judge a book by its cover”! Though small in size, we’ve managed to pack some impressive features into it.
Weighing 148 gsm and standing at 100 Ib, the PEFC certified paper we’ve chosen for this notebook is bleed-through and feathering resistant. It’s also been tested to perform flawlessly with a wide variety of different pen and ink combinations making it great for writing, note-taking, journaling, drawing, sketchnoting and more! And with its premium smyth-sewn binding, you can lay it flat completely for working on both sides of the pages. Take it a step further by pairing it with one of our doc cams and you’ll be able to instantly capture, share or present the contents of your notebook. It’s definitely a great and reliable way to create a two-way interactive learning process where you could share your notes/thoughts with your students, and having them share their notes/thoughts with you (and the rest of the class).

Capture, share or present your notes/thoughts with the class using IPEVO Notebook and IPEVO doc cam

IPEVO Document Cameras

As teachers (and students) all know, document cameras have been proven in one way or another to be a valuable asset to the classroom as they improve students’ learning by making the learning process interactive and engaging. At IPEVO, we offer a range of highly useful and highly affordable document cameras to help you start the learning process off right. Here are some of the highlights:

The hotcake — Ziggi-HD Plus

With its powerful 8 megapixels camera and versatility to capture fine details of your material, high performance under low lighting conditions, high frame rate, faster focusing time, and a price under $100, it’s no wonder that our Ziggi-HD Plus is flying off the shelves like hotcakes!

Wireless freedom — iZiggi-HD

Enjoy wireless freedom like you never had before with our iZiggi-HD. It can connect wirelessly to an iPad, Android Tablet, and even Apple TV to stream your material. And with its wireless capability, you’ll be able to bring the iZiggi-HD (and teaching material) directly to your students for a new level of interactive learning and collaboration.

Dual mode, double flexibility — VZ-1 HD

Our VGA/USB dual mode VZ-1 HD provides two connection options –a VGA connection to stream directly to your projector, or a USB connection to a computer. In either case, you’ll enjoy high-quality capture for your material. This flexibility definitely helps when you don’t have a computer on hand.

Best for the wallet — Point 2 View (P2V)

P2V doc cam is our most affordable doc cam. At just $69, this tiny, ultra-portable doc cam is a huge beast — 2 megapixels camera, excellent macro mode, three points of articulation and so forth — which makes it a perfect mobile solution for teaching, presentations, distance learning, and video communication of all types, all without burning a hole in your pocket.

Enjoy wireless freedom with our iZiggi-HD wireless doc cam

Exclusive deals

We understand that school budgets can get tight at times, therefore, we’re prepared to offer deals that help stretch your dollar. Look out for this exclusive deal on Amazon that features our P2V doc cam and IPEVO Notebook as a bundle. You’ll receive our extremely popular P2V doc cam and a pack of our IPEVO Notebook all at a price of $69. Plus, free standard shipping is provided! In addition, we’ve also prepared a IPEVO Notebook Giveaway. Just enter and stand a chance to win a pack of IPEVO notebook for free. So do catch the deals while they’re still available and charm your students with the beauty and interactivity of IPEVO products. What a way to begin 2017!

Enjoy this exclusive P2V doc cam and IPEVO Notebook deal on Amazon for $69

Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom on a Budget, Part 3

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, APPLICATION, All Products, Back To School) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-14

Our final entry in the back to school series features a device synonymous with IPEVO: the document camera. If you’re not familiar, IPEVO doc cams capture documents, artwork, 3D objects and devices with screens. Real-time video can then be shared and/or projected for the class. It’s an effective (and affordable) way to present teaching material.

Doc Cams under $100

Even when your budget is tight, you can still nab a great doc cam. The first option is Ziggi-HD at $94. Like all IPEVO doc cams, Ziggi-HD features a versatile swing-arm that allows you to place the camera at most any height and angle, quickly and easily. Ziggi-HD features a 5.0 Megapixel camera for amazing high-def images, and it can be positioned high enough to capture an entire sheet of paper. You get professional-level capture for a fraction of the price of conventional doc cams.

For just a taste of what Ziggi-HD can do, here’s educator Jessica Pilgreen from Wesclin High School in Trenton, Illinois:

I was so excited when my Ziggi arrived in the mail! I began using it right away. I even set up a document camera station in my classroom where I can project images from my iPad, share student work samples, demonstrate/guide students through activities, and take videos and photos. This week, I used the Ziggi to screencast lesson plans for my substitute teacher and my students absolutely loved being able to hear my voice as I went through the day’s assignments.”

A second option for you at this price range is the Point 2 View USB Doc Cam. At only $69, it’s an amazing value. This camera is 2.0 Megapixels which still delivers a nice, crisp image. It can even be taken off the stand and operated by hand for hard-to-reach places. The possibilities are endless, but here’s a fresh idea from Allison Teeter in Mooresville, North Carolina:

“I have loved my document camera! I have been using it to show my Teen Living students up close several sewing techniques and parts of the sewing machine!”

Mrs. Teeter uses the Point 2 View to capture her sewing techniques.

And here’s Jean Benassi from Roscoe, Illinois with some other cool uses:

“I love my IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera! I have used this inside my second grade classroom displaying documents, maps, books and other paper type images. I have also used it when we started our ant farm. This enabled the whole class to watch the ants building their tunnels. No one was complaining about not being able to see! I also used my camera the day our chicks begin to hatch.”

Science projects are a great fit for the Point 2 View.

Also keep in mind that the Point 2 View has a number of accessories to add even more utility. Examples include the Magnifying Lens and the Scan Kit, an integrated scanning station.

VZ-1 – The Dual-Mode Doc Cam

Finally, the VZ-1 Dual Mode Document Camera at $139 gives you the added ability to connect to a monitor or projector to share your material. No computer is required, though you can always elect to connect to a computer via USB.

Educator Zachary C. Kindt wrote up an excellent and thorough review of the VZ-1 on Amazon, so we’ll let him do most of the talking on this one:

“The direct to LCD projector capability is absolutely necessary! If your computer goes down for the day, no worries–your document camera is not connected through your computer. If you are looking for technology that is “disaster proof” in your lesson planning, this is about as sure of a thing as there is.”

And here’s more from Zachary:

“It makes for great instruction. Anything can go under–textbooks, novels, 3-D models, artwork. When a student asks a question about solving an equation, just grab their paper and put it under the camera for the whole class to see–everyone can be engaged in the discussion instead of just the two of you. […] Teaching students how to measure an angle on a chalkboard with a big clunky protractor: difficult. Grabbing the same paper your students have, and the same protractor your students have, and showing them EXACTLY what to do in real time on the big screen: effective and efficient.”

Questions on any products we’ve discussed? Head on over to the IPEVO How-To page for tips, videos, real stories and more. And of course, friendly IPEVO folks are always ready to help. Just email cs@ipevo.com.

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to try new things, and we hope we’ve inspired you to try out a little tech to make your lessons faster, easier, more interactive, and more fun. Have a great year and remember: IPEVO is here to help teachers!

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Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom on a Budget, Part 2

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-14

In part 2 of our back to school series, we take a look at the IPEVO IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System. We think it has a lot to offer teachers for a very low price – $149! – which is potentially thousands less than conventional interactive whiteboards.

IS-01  has the ability to turn your existing whiteboard surface, blank wall or projector screen into an interactive whiteboard. It comes with two small devices: the Sensor Cam and the Interactive Pen. Project your computer screen onto your surface with the classroom projector. Point the Sensor Cam at the screen and follow a couple of simple steps in the calibration app that comes with IS-01. Now you’ll be able to control the computer mouse with waves of the “magic wand” (i.e. Interactive Pen). You can control education apps, the Internet, drawing apps and so much more.

Here’s what teacher Beckie Nieman from Summit, Mississippi is doing with her IS-01:

“We love it!!! The students or myself have used it daily since we received it. We have used it to play games, practice our handwriting, write group stories, and they love to just create free drawings. If I don’t use it they remind me to use my ‘magic pen.’ It was so easy to install and put to use.”

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Mrs. Nieman’s class making good use of the IS-01.

Educator Patty Sprenkel from Amboy, Washington used her IS-01 for interactive science presentations:

“By far, the ‘coolest’ way that we have used the Interactive Whiteboard System was when several of my students gave interactive science presentations to the rest of the class. Instead of standing in front of the classroom while struggling to read through their report, my students were able to incorporate a wide variety of multimedia supports (including recording their own voices) to create some wonderful presentations.”

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A student from Mrs. Sprenkel’s class shares a presentation about the gray wolf.

Teacher Lauren Veale from Negaunee, Michigan has even more ideas for how to use IS-01:

“The whiteboard makes it easy for us to list ideas, draw, and create together. It’s great to be able to start brainstorming together and instead of erasing the marker board, we can save what we put together and come back to it later. The kids love using the whiteboard to play math games on ‘the big screen’ and it really helps to keep them engaged.”

A student interacts with a math game in Mrs. Veale’s class.

And if that’s not enough inspiration, here are 39 Interesting Ways to Use IS-01. Whew!

Helpful IS-01 Accessories

Here are three quick accessories for the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System to tell you about:

  1. Replacement Interactive Pen – The Pen can and does get misplaced, particularly with younger learners. If you lose the Pen, don’t buy an entire new IS-01. Just get a replacement!
  2. IS-01 Extension Wand – This long tube snaps onto the end of the Interactive Pen to add nearly 16″ in reach. This is terrific for shorter, younger learners who might have trouble reaching the screen. It also allows users to stand to the side of the screen more easily so that everyone can see the screen.
  3. Projection Screen – These come in either the smaller 60″ or the larger 70″ depending on your needs. A unique coating gives these whiteboard surfaces better sharpness and contrast qualities. The result is a superior, glare-free viewing experience from any angle in the classroom. Plus, they can be easily rolled up and taken with you.

Up next is our third and final entry: document cameras!

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Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom on a Budget, Part 1

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Filed Under (iPad in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, Back To School, Staff Picks, Wishpool) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-14

It’s that time of year again – back to school time! And if you’re a teacher looking to create a technology-rich classroom but you don’t have a lot of wiggle room in the budget, IPEVO has some smart solutions to add innovation to your curriculum with less money.

This first entry focuses on boosting learning with iPad. iPad is a tremendous tool for education, and IPEVO has a couple ways to maximize your use of tablets in the classroom.

iZiggi-HD – the All-Purpose Teaching Tool

First up is the iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera. It can communicate wirelessly with iPad to stream video of documents, objects, artwork, devices with screens, and all your other teaching material. And with the free IPEVO Whiteboard app, you can even annotate material – draw lines, add text boxes, highlight passages, etc. – in real time for the whole class to see.

Check out what teacher Bethany Piety from Saint Paul, Minnesota had to say about iZiggi-HD:

“We used the camera as a way for students to show off a project that they were working on in class. I was able to move the camera from group to group, and thus minimize the amount of distraction due to transitioning an entire group of middle school children from one part of the room to the other. The kids were able to share what they were working on as a group, garner feedback, and adjust their practices as needed. I especially loved when the kids were able to provide direction to groups in ‘real time,’ and the groups were able to take the feedback and then show the rest of the class how they were applying the information right away!”

One of the student projects shared with iZiggi-HD in Mrs. Piety’s classroom.

And for a “next level” application of iZiggi-HD, consider what tech blogger Brian Friedlander on his Assistive Technology blog suggests:

“Teachers who have access to a projector and an Apple TV can walk around the classroom displaying student work and have it come up on the screen. Likewise, it is possible to push out what is on the iPad and share it with other devices that are connected to the ad-hoc network utilizing the IPEVO Whiteboard app on the iPad. This will enable students to interact and annotate the contents that is under the iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, which is ideal for small group work.”

Sharing student work while saving time, instantly receiving and applying student feedback, annotating your material in real-time, and increasing overall engagement and interactivity – it’s all possible with iZiggi-HD, IPEVO Whiteboard and your iPad. And since iZiggi-HD only costs $159, it’s an affordable way to significantly enrich your teaching.

USB SuperCharger – A Better Way to Charge Multiple iPads

This next IPEVO solution applies if you have multiple iPads in class. The USB SuperCharger allows you to charge up to four iPads at the same time using only one wall socket. And the best part is that each iPad charges just as fast as it would with the standard Apple charger.
Check out what teacher Elizabeth Eubanks from Boca Raton, Florida had to say about the SuperCharger:

“This charger has been an amazing tool for my students. We are in the electronic world and short on electric plugs! This SuperCharger enables many students to charge their iPads, phones and other devices while they work. Students have also stated that it seems to give a ‘super fast’ charge as well. Now there are no more excuses that ‘my iPad is not charged’! Thank you IPEVO!!!”

Nancy Hoatson from Sutherland Public School in Nebraska had this to add:

“I am astounded by the speed and versatility of the IPEVO USB SuperCharger. I am able to charge four of my iPads at the same time in a fraction of the time it takes to charge one device. I can charge any device that has a USB charger. I have 5 iPads and 25 students and this charger has changed my classroom, making all my resources accessible all day long.”

The USB SuperCharger in action in Mrs. Hoatson’s classroom.

For classrooms juggling multiple iPads, a dead or dying battery can really grind lessons to a halt. The USB SuperCharger changes that – for only $59 – and all without hogging up your wall sockets.
Stay tuned: in Part 2, we look at IPEVO’s affordable alternative for an interactive whiteboard.

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IPEVO’s Back to School Special, Part 2

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Filed Under (iPad in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products, IPEVO, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-08-26

Back to School

We’re back with the second part of our Back to School Special. Here’s more that will interest educators and parents. Got iPad? We’ve Got iPad Accessories iPad continues to make inroads into education, and we have everything you need to make the most of everyone’s favorite tablet. For two examples, check out the Perch Desktop Stand (which is a great stand to hold iPad in place for stop motion video projects) and the Typi Folio Case + Wireless Keyboard. Typing is a great skill for young learners to develop, and many educators have reported success teaching typing with this versatile three-in-one case, stand and keyboard.

Perch and Typi

Back-to-School Sale: the PV-01 Save money with our sale for the PV-01 360 Degree Rotating Folio Case for iPad. With many cases, your only option is landscape orientation. But with PV-01, just give the inside case a twist to enjoy both landscape and portrait modes. Normally $26.00, PV-01 in four classy colors is now available for just $12.99! Don’t leave your valuable iPad unprotected: take a spin with the PV-01.

PV-01 360 Degree Rotating Folio Case for iPad

PV-01 360 Degree Rotating Folio Case for iPad

Exclusive Amazon PadPillow Deal, Plus $3 Coupon Attention deal hunters: we’re pleased to announce a special offer on Amazon for our extremely popular PadPillow Pillow Stand. The stand that conforms to your body (or bed, or chair, or carpet) for comfy iPad sessions is selling for just $24.95. PLUS: Check out this $3 off Amazon coupon through Facebook.

Use both and pay just $21.95. And while you’re on Facebook, Like us, please!

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Knowledge is Power for Back to School
There are several resources available on the web with handy tips and tricks so you can make the most out of IPEVO products in your classroom. Many such tips have been culled straight from educators. Check out some of these links for ideas and inspiration:
WS-01 Wireless Station
Ziggi-HD USB Document Camera
Point 2 View USB Document Camera
IPEVO Typi Folio Case + Wireless Keyboard for iPad 4, 3 and 2 PadPillow Pillow Stand for iPad
Remember: IPEVO is ready to be your back-to-school partner. Best of luck in the coming year, and let’s change education for the better a little bit at a time.

IPEVO’s Back to School Special, Part 1

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-08-26

Back to School

Summer’s about over, and that means school’s ready to begin. If you’re a parent or a teacher, you probably have lots of items on your back-to-school list, and we’d like to remind you that IPEVO has a choice selection of highly useful, highly affordable tech products and accessories that will help start the year off right. Here are some of the highlights:

Save hundreds of dollars — literally
Before you buy that $600 document camera or $1000 interactive whiteboard on another website, check out our home page and see if you can accomplish most or all of the same things at just a fraction of the price. We know money can be tight this time of year, and IPEVO is all about stretching your dollar and making your school budget work harder.

New items, just in time for school!
We have three new products slated for September release that we’re excited to share. The IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System turns any screen or blank wall into an interactive whiteboard.

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IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System

The VZ-1 HD VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera continues the IPEVO doc cam tradition of sharing documents quickly and easily, and comes with the ability to directly connect to your VGA projector.

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VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera

And the Height Extension Stand for Ziggi-HD gives the Ziggi doc cam a height boost so you can capture larger documents easier than ever before. Please, check them out! We know you’ll find multiple uses for each of them in your classroom.

Height Extension Stand for Ziggi

Height Extension Stand for Ziggi USB Document Cam

Point 2 View is the king of back to school
One particularly hot seller continues to be our iconic Point 2 View USB Document Camera. There are literally hundreds of uses for this document camera in the classroom, and that’s not an exaggeration. Several accessories have been developed around the Point 2 View for even more versatility.

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Point 2 View USB Document Camera

This includes the Magnifying Lens as well as the Microscope Adapter Set, both of which are quite popular with science teachers.

P2V accessories

Part 2 of our Back to School Special is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned for even more.