Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2016-01-13
Interested in an affordable interactive whiteboard for your class, but a little intimidated by the setup? IPEVO has just the thing for you. The IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard brings all the interactivity and innovation to your classroom and comes complete with wireless convenience — all you need is a computer and projector.
IW2’s setup is straightforward and only takes a few minutes. And it’ll be even easier with this step-by-step tutorial video — perfect for all the visual learners out there!
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, iPad in Education, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, Software and App, APPLICATION) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-12-17
From handwritten formulas to line graphs and from geometrical shapes to protractors, math is a very visual medium. And in the classroom, sometimes it’s hard to share everyone’s work. But it becomes a lot easier with IPEVO’s signature doc cams. IPEVO has a document camera for every budget — from the ultra-affordable Point 2 View USB Doc Cam to the iZiggi-HD Wireless Doc Cam. Here’s how real math teachers have used IPEVO doc cams to engage and inspire their students by streaming real-time, high-resolution images of documents and objects.
Here’s a tech-savvy teacher who uses his doc cam for “Past Paper Live” as he works out problems from the last quiz for the benefit of everyone:
“There has hardly been a week that’s gone by where I’ve not used the camera since I first received it. It was very easy to install and the picture quality is excellent. I have been preparing classes for their exams this month and students have enjoyed our ‘Past Paper Live’ lessons. The students attempt a question in a set time, followed by watching through the use of the camera linked to the laptop/projector the ‘perfect’ way of answering the question (modelled by myself + showing the exam mark scheme).”
— Diana Marcus (@DianaBMarcus) March 13, 2012
Teacher Diana Marcus loves to use an IPEVO doc cam to demonstrate math games teaching specific concepts — in this case, equivalent fractions. Mrs. Marcus can demonstrate the rules of the game just one time with a doc cam, instead of using up valuable time teaching it over and over again to each small group of students.
This enterprising teacher used physical tiles to help students through a word problem about perimeters. With a doc cam, 3D objects like tiles can be easily shared with the class in real time.
— Jamie Silverboard (@Ms_Silverboard) August 18, 2015
Ms. Silverboard uses math journals in her class, and it’s a cinch to share each student’s journal with a doc cam. IPEVO’s lightweight doc cams can be moved around quite easily.
This teacher keeps everyone on the same page (literally) by displaying today’s lesson, concepts, formulas, and word problems.
Document camera from IPEVO (P2V) at work supporting our Bridges Math program. pic.twitter.com/8pRaNIlJzm
— Aron Back (@backaron) October 29, 2014
In this classroom, the Point 2 View is hard at work sharing material for the Bridges in Mathematics program.
Here’s a teacher sharing tangram-style tiles to teach about shapes and to enrich critical thinking. With a doc cam, everyone can see a student puzzling out their own tiles.
Miss Hotnisky’s 2nd grade class works through math problems usinh an IPEVO camera pic.twitter.com/MPzPiA7p
— Knapp Elementary (@KnappElementary) November 30, 2012
Here is Miss Hotnisky’s 2nd grade class working through math problems as a group. Particularly for difficult concepts or when many students are stumped, it’s extremely helpful to turn individual work into a group activity.
Second-grade math teacher Mrs. Godbout had this to say about her own doc cam, which she wirelessly streams to iPad for word problems:
“We received our Wireless Station for USB Document Camera and boy do we love it! The kids are solving math problems and correcting writing errors all with their finger and an ipad. They LOVE doing the same work that they avoid doing on paper. Thank you so much for making our learning FUN!!!!!”
For “Pi Day,” Mr. Keltner used his IPEVO doc cam in a very fun and unusual way:
“We blew bubbles in dish soap and measured their diameter and circumference to assemble a line of best fit so students could see where the number value for Pi comes from. Students were able to watch one group’s example using the IPEVO P2V on the projector, rather than have all students huddle closely around one group and cause all sorts of interference. All in all, these IPEVO products increased the understanding, efficiency, and participation of my students and made this Pi Day lesson one they will remember.”
Teacher James Wilmott in the United Kingdom talks about what he sees as the key benefit of a doc cam in the classroom:
“It is used most often, and I believe for me most effectively, to share examples of students work. The students really like seeing their work being displayed on the whiteboard and take great pride in this. It also provides us with an opportunity to discuss parts of the lesson that we found difficult or for other students to suggest ways in which it could be improved.”
Math teacher Craig Kelly at Tiverton High School talks about some specific concepts he has had success presenting with a doc cam:
“Awesome!! I project students’ work and they can all celebrate a successful, well-presented example of written work. It gives the students something to aspire to. I have used the Ziggi Document Camera to demonstrate how to draw graphs and how to set up apparatus to investigate the laws of reflection and refraction. I have even used it to show the dispersion of light by a prism.”
And finally, Stefanie Jakus at Brodnicki School in Justice, Illinois uses her doc cam to help visualize concepts, improve handwriting and notation, and even create a weather graph:
“During math we use the camera to project an example of the workpages we are completing as well as manipulatives so the entire class has a chance to visualize the concept. The camera helps in both literacy and math when showing correct letter and number formations. We used our camera yesterday to help reproduce our February weather graph!
As you can see, the possibilities of using a doc cam in the classroom are just about endless. Interested in learning more and exploring the possibilities for yourself? Check out IPEVO.com for stories, examples, tutorials, the doc cam product pages, and much more.
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Software and App, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-12-13
For educators and business professionals who have been looking for an effective way to interact with their projected materials, IPEVO offers its very own IPEVO Annotator to help make their dreams a reality. From basic tools like the Brush Pen to more sophisticated tools like the Screen Shade, IPEVO Annotator comes in handy for teaching and presentation. Users can easily understand how to elaborate different functions in the Drawing Mode by watching a video tutorial like this. With the help of this video, you can become an expert of IPEVO Annotator in no time.
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Software and App, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-12-03
Have you been wondering how to do more than just highlighting and onscreen annotation with IPEVO Annotator? Are you looking for a tool that allows you to save, take snapshots, and record videos of your projected materials? We have prepared a brief video tutorial to introduce the functions in IPEVO Annotator’s default Desktop Mode, and we guarantee that you will be able to achieve a whole lot more with IPEVO Annotator after watching the video. So now watch it and get yourself familiar with the Desktop Mode of IPEVO Annotator.
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, iPad in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, Software and App, APPLICATION) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-11-26
Are you still looking for a way to access more camera features while using iZiggi-HD with your iPad? Now we have that covered for you. Introducing the new IPEVO Presenter app for iPad – with it, you can access advanced camera settings while using your iZiggi-HD with your iPad. Additionally, the app also comes with simple annotation features that allow you to annotate and highlight on the live view. It makes file management and access easier than ever before with a Review Mode. Now, watch the introductory video and download the app to start enjoying the convenience it brings to you.
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, iPad in Education, IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System, Software and App, APPLICATION) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-11-22
What happens when learning, playing and technology come successfully together? The result — Masters of Play x IPEVO, a collaboration between Finland based artist Arlene Tucker and IPEVO Inc. Masters of Play is a workshop designed and conducted personally by Arlene with the aim of integrating New Media with Performance and Drawing using technology. Arlene has long been an avid user of IPEVO products, as she loves the ease of use and the portability. And with much honor, IPEVO invited Arlene to Taiwan this summer, bringing with her the much anticipated Masters of Play workshop, which was held over 5 days with 16 participants aged 7 or below.
This is not the first collaboration between IPEVO and Arlene, the first being Dear You international art exchange program, which revolved around classroom-to-classroom artwork sharing and cultural exchanges between countries using IPEVO technology. And this time round, Arlene seeks to further enrich her Masters of Play workshop and entice her young participants by incorporating the positive use of IPEVO technology. So let’s take a look at how Arlene did it!
A new drawing medium — IPEVO IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System
Drawing is a big part of this workshop — drawing is fun, and drawing helps bring out the inner artists of the young participants and allows them to freely express their thoughts.
Besides encouraging and letting the participants to draw using conventional mediums such as paintbrush, crayons, color pencils, watercolors or ink throughout the workshop, Arlene took the step further by introducing a new drawing medium to them — IPEVO IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System. The IW2 is a 3-piece device consisting a Sensor Cam, Interactive Pen and Wireless Receiver, and when used together with a PC or Mac and a projector, it could turn most any surface interactive, changing the surface into an interactive whiteboard instantly.
And setting IW2 up is easy, it only takes a couple of minutes. For detailed instructions on setting IW2 up, please refer to the following video tutorial https://vimeo.com/129763268.
For a start, Arlene would like the participants to familiarize themselves with the IW2. Hence, Arlene set up the IW2, pulled up the free IPEVO Annotator software, projected a world map onto the projection screen, do a quick introduction on Finland, and invited the participants to draw what they thought the flight route from Finland to Taiwan would be like using the Interactive Pen of IW2.
The young participants were really engaged, their responses were overwhelming, and they came up with all sorts of different, interesting flight routes. They even used the different colors available in the Annotator software to color code their respective flight routes.
And in no time, all the participants had gotten the hang of using IW2.
Further down the line, Arlene projected pictures of the participants (taken throughout the workshop) onto the screen, and challenged them to think out of the box by turning their original pictures into something different through adding drawings onto the pictures using IW2. It was amazing to see how creative and imaginative these young kids were: some of them fancifully decorated their pictures with wings or feelers, turning themselves into butterflies or bees; some changed the colors of their skin and clothing to their likings, and some added hats and shades for a summer look. It was magical for the kids to see their appearances changed within simple touches, and they really enjoyed this newfound medium of drawing.
Turning iPads into interactive drawing canvas with IPEVO Whiteboard app
Although the IW2 was a big attraction, there was only one projection screen available for one participant to use it at a time. Hence, in order to ensure that all the participants had their fair chance with IW2, taking turns was necessary. This was when Arlene divided the participants into smaller groups of three or four, and handed out iPads to those groups who were not using the IW2.
Prior to handing out the iPads, Arlene had the same set of pictures (of the participants) transferred to the iPads. In addition, IPEVO Whiteboard app was also installed on the iPads. As the Whiteboard app is a free app for iPad and Android Tablet that allows users to draw, annotate and add text directly onto blank “whiteboards” or live images coming from sources such as a connected IPEVO document camera, iPad’s real-time camera image, or a Photo Library image, with this app installed, the participants could achieve the same magical drawing effects on the iPads as with the IW2.
And the results? The young participants were similarly enticed.
This proved to be another innovative way for the participants to have a hands-on experience with interactive drawing using IPEVO technology.
Going beyond documents with iZiggi-HD wireless document camera
Just as Arlene opened the minds of the young participants with new drawing medium, it was also an eye-opener for us to see how Arlene stretched the use of IPEVO iZiggi-HD wireless document cam. iZigg-HD is a wireless doc cam designed to connect wirelessly to iPad, Android Tablet, PC or Mac, giving you the freedom to capture and present materials anywhere in the classroom, office, or out on a field trip.
With this “freedom” in mind, Arlene went beyond the usual way of using iZiggi-HD to capture documents or share participants’ artworks to capturing the real-time actions and reactions of the participants for an on-going activity. First, Arlene had a Macbook set up with the IW2, then she had an iZiggi-HD connected wirelessly to the same Macbook, and finally, she pointed the iZiggi-HD at the participants during one of the activities. There was a wave of excitement and anticipation as the kids looked amusingly at their own live images being projected onto the projection screen.
Instructions were then given for them to work together as a group to form different shapes while keeping their hands held together.
At the same time, iZiggi-HD was used to capture the whole process and to stream their live action onto the projection screen. And once they had successfully formed the required shape, Arlene started to draw on their projected live images using the IW2. They were immediately turned into raindrops, apples trees and much more. Excitement grew, and the kids added an extra element of interactivity by making faces and jumping about, creating “smiling” raindrops and “jumping” apples.
The kids also had their turn to draw, expressing their creativity by changing their fellow participants into something dramatically different. It was definitely one of the highlights of the workshop!
Throughout the 5 days of workshop, it was heartening for both Arlene and for us at IPEVO to see that learning, playing and technology can indeed integrate seamlessly and successfully, as long as we have the right blend of all three elements. And so we called this success – “The Art of Blending”.
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-11-10
Felt excited that you’d bought a new IPEVO IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System and can’t wait to use it? But hey, you can’t seem to figure out a way to secure its Sensor Cam no matter what you’d tried? Not to worry, we’ve come up with a brief video tutorial showing you three simple ways to secure the Sensor Cam. Watch it, secure it, and in no time you’ll get your IW2 up and running.
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-10-21
Here’s a fun video, particularly for preschool and elementary school teachers looking for outside-the-box activities. You can use the IPEVO IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard — as well as the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard — to draw silhouettes of hands and heads. From there, your students’ imagination and creativity do the rest. All you need is your laptop and projector, the IW2 or IS-01, and free IPEVO Annotator software.
And remember: this is just the tip of the iceberg for what IPEVO interactive whiteboards can do!
Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-09-17
In our previous blog, we had shared with you some vital points to check before attempting to create an interactive floor, and now in this blog we are going to walk you through the process of setting it up!
But, just as we have our equipment ready and feeling excited to start experimenting, it suddenly dawned on us that we do not have the appropriate space to set it up! The only space that is available to us is a 8ft x 6.3ft x 10ft corner of the office. And that space is EMPTY. No ceiling mount for mounting the projector or the Sensor Cam, no table for putting our laptop… and adding on to the problem, the floor is laid with wood flooring! Arghhh…
Tip 1: Stay calm and think.
Ok, think. Let’s think. Hmm, wood flooring, shouldn’t be a big problem. We can place the 70” Projection Screen over the wood flooring and use it as our projection surface. This will ensure that we can have a good projected image, as well as accuracy for the Interactive Pen.
Tip 2: Try using the IPEVO 70” Projection Screen, or tape a big sheet of white paper onto the floor if your floor surface happens to be too reflective, fanciful or having contrasting colors as these will greatly affect the accuracy of IW2 and the visibility of your projected image.
The next problem to solve: how and where to mount the projector? With absolutely nothing on the ceiling to mount the projector, we have to come up with an alternative. That’s when someone in the team suggested using the tripod that has been left lying around in the meeting room to mount the projector. There we go grabbing that tripod. And much to our delight, our projector comes with a tripod mount that allows it to be easily attached to the tripod! But we have another concern: Is it safe to mount the projector this way? Can the tripod withstand the weight of the projector and not topple? Well, we did some trial and error and luckily for us, it turned out all well. The tripod can hold our projector’s weight even when it’s fully extended to 4ft above the ground. So, we decided to stay with this setup.
Oh, once again, do make sure that your projector can point straight down before attempting to set it up this way.
Tip 3: Check whether your tripod can hold the weight of your projector. Add some counterweights if necessary.
Tip 4: Check whether your projector can point straight down.
So now, we’ve got the projector and the projection surface set up, next on the list will be mounting IW2’s Sensor Cam. Depending on the projected area, the Sensor Cam needs to be placed at various distances to ensure its proper operation. Hence, in order to gauge the minimal distance to place it, we’ll need to know the actual size of our projected area. We switched on our projector (mounted 4ft above the ground) and measured the actual projected area. 50’’ is the number we got. After some rough estimations, we figured that we need to place the Sensor Cam at least 7ft away from the screen, yet this poses another challenge for us. There is NOWHERE we can mount the Sensor Cam! And we do not have any tripod that can extend up to 7ft!
Just as we are giving up, a random beam running across the office up above our heads caught our sight. A quick glance estimated it to be at least 8ft high. The IW2 comes with a ceiling mount. And when we put these together, voila! We have the answer! Without any hesitation, we attached the Sensor Cam to the beam using the included ceiling mount. We adjusted its position too, as it needs to be facing directly at the projection screen, and pointing towards the center of the screen.
Tip 5: Do not give up hope.
Tip 6: Check the size of your actual projected area to determine the minimal distance required to place the Sensor Cam.
Tip 7: Adjust the Sensor Cam to face directly at the projection screen and pointing towards the center of the screen.
However, there’s another problem. We need a power source for the Sensor Cam. But we do not have an outlet running 8ft high in the air. We could have drawn the power from the USB port of the projector, yet it’s a double whammy as our projector does not have a USB port. As such, we looked to the USB port of our laptop to provide the power required. An USB extension cable is required too, as the included 11.8ft (3.6m) Micro-USB cable is not long enough.
Do note that we are using the normal USB extension cable and not those with active repeater, as this only involves the transmission of electric power. On the other hand, if you are using the IS-01, you’ll need an active USB extension cable as it involves both the transmission of data and electric power.
Tip 8: The Sensor Cam needs a power supply. You can draw the power from the USB port of your projector.
Tip 9: Normal USB extension cable works for IW2 but not IS-01. You’ll need the active USB extension cable instead.
As we pressed on with our perseverance, we have all the challenges conquered. The rest are pretty easy job. Finding a table to put our laptop, connecting the projector to the laptop, plugging in IW2’s Wireless Receiver to the computer’s USB port, switching on the projector and laptop…
Tip 10: Perseverance wins the race.
Well perhaps there’s just one more adjustment needed if your projector is not set perfectly perpendicular to the screen and causing the resulting projected image to be trapezoidal in shape. Adjustments can be easily done with your projector’s keystone correction function. And when all these are done, we are left with one final step — calibration.
The calibration process for the IW2 (and IS-01) is pretty easy and straightfoward, and it only takes a couple of steps. Turn on the Interactive Pen, plug in the Wireless Receiver, turn on the Sensor Cam, run the calibration program, follow the steps onscreen, and you’ll be done in a few minutes. But do note that re-calibration is needed if you accidentally moved the projector or Sensor Cam along the way.
Tip 11: Re-calibration is needed if the projector or Sensor Cam has been moved.
And now you can start enjoying the fun of an interactive floor just as we did!