How Math Teachers are Using IPEVO Doc Cams Right Now

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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

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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.

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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).”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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!!!!!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

Introducing the new IPEVO Presenter app for iPad

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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

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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.

The Art of Blending-When learning, playing and technology come successfully together

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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

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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.

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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.

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Arlene giving a short introduction on Finland

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.

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Look at my flight routes!

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Choosing colors for 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.

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Magic!

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.

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Drawing on iPads with the IPEVO Whiteboard app

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.

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I saw myself on the screen!

Instructions were then given for them to work together as a group to form different shapes while keeping their hands held together.

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Thinking how to form the required shapes

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.

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We are an apple tree!

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”.

5 Ways to Take Document Cameras Beyond Documents

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, iPad in Education, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-08-13

Document cameras are shaking up education and becoming a next-gen accessory of choice for educators looking to share teaching material in fresh new ways. As the name implies, document cameras are ideal for capturing and sharing real-time video of documents, textbooks, handwritten notes, and similar. But can doc cams thrive in uses beyond the written word? To sum up the experience of these five users: absolutely.

(Not So Weird) Science and Blended Learning

Sally Webb, a language arts instructor at Mt. Mourne Middle School in Mooresville, North Carolina, developed a fresh take on science material using the inexpensive IPEVO Point 2 View USB Document Camera. A language arts instructor incorporating science lessons? It’s not so strange in the 21st-century classroom. “I am implementing differentiated and integrated learning stations in my language arts classroom,” said Sally. “It’s a way to incorporate blended learning into my instruction and promote student growth.”

Sally purchased a custom microscope adapter for her Point 2 View camera, and the results were immediate. “ I was able to set up an integrated science and language arts station,” explained Sally. “Students can visit the center, read about cells, and then respond to creative writing prompts related to the different types of cell images projected on the computer screen. This is a direct integration with our science curriculum, and I am able to help support the science teachers as they cover this topic in their curriculum.”

As for whether the students are thrown for a loop by this blended learning approach, Sally contends her students have actually embraced it. “They love using the microscope, and the enlarged projection of the cells is fascinating for my students, resulting in their ability to generate some strong descriptive writing samples while reviewing important science concepts.”

 

Intercultural Exchange — Travel without the Travel

Arlene Tucker is an art teacher based in Finland. She is also the creator of the Dear You art exchange program, which organizes classroom-to-classroom artwork sharing and cultural exchanges between countries. “It all started through letters and the exchange of pieces of art,” said Arlene. “Eventually, the project developed so fast and with so many more schools involved that we needed to add online meetings.”

Like Sally, Arlene has found a way to put the Point 2 View USB Doc Cam to good use. Through Skype, Arlene was able to use the Point 2 View like a web cam to create invaluable “face time” for students in classrooms half a world away (such as Finland to Vietnam). And because the Point 2 View features a detachable camera, Arlene was able to easily re-orient the camera and “zoom in” for nice, close-up views of particular students or their works of art. Dear You can thus share not only flat drawings and paintings, but three-dimensional sculptures.

Overall, the simple but powerful notion of providing a digital window into another classroom has given Arlene a high degree of professional satisfaction. “The cultural exchange has opened the minds of my little students,” she said. “Through simple questions, they begin to understand things many children their age know nothing about, like time zones, different languages, and traditions for specific holidays around the world. My students may be small, but their minds are anything but!”

 

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High-Tech Birdwatching and Field-Tripping

One nice thing about the new-gen lightweight doc cams is that they’re ready to hit the road. Fold them down and they can travel most everywhere teachers do. And in some cases, they can even go where teachers can’t — like, say, into the middle of a tree.

Vin Hsieh of the National Pingtung University of Education in Taipei, Taiwan developed a rather unique approach to birdwatching. He took the Point 2 View doc cam, plugged it into a Febon WiFi AP router (which takes a USB input and allows streaming over WiFi) and then attached a 6-meter aluminum pole. With this innovative contraption, Mr. Hsieh was able to take his students on a nature-themed fieldtrip, thrusting the doc cam into trees to capture a nest full of chicks among other natural wonders. The live view was then streamed for the benefit of his students.

Even for those who aren’t inclined to Mr. Hsieh’s “arts and crafts” approach, there are plenty of extra-curricular activities where a plain old doc cam will see plenty of use. From hiking trails to history museums, the ability for doc cams to both capture and stream material will be useful if not crucial.

 

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Devices with Screens and Live User Testing

Perhaps unsurprisingly, most modern doc cams are also adept at capturing devices with screens such as smartphones and tablets. With more and more classes becoming “wired” (or wireless, as the case may be) with iPads and similar, it’s easy to think of examples where the doc cam might shine.

But let’s take a specific example. Brenden Mulligan, a co-founder and designer at Cluster, describes on the TechCrunch blog how he used the IPEVO Ziggi-HD High-Def USB Doc Cam to capture live user testing:

“We were testing a mobile app, so it was important to record the user actually using the app. Although you can do this by plugging the app in and watching a screencast on the computer, it’s much better to actually see them touching their phone. We purchased a $100 camera for this [the Ziggi-HD Doc Cam], and it’s well worth the investment.”

For testing, tutorials, or anything that could benefit from actually seeing the hands of the user, doc cams are a smart choice to capture devices with screens. And even if it’s just for pure presentation purposes, a doc cam is still poised to help out. If your classroom only has one or two iPads, it’s much nicer to project that iPad for the whole class rather than have everyone crowd around the actual device.

 

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Mathematics — the Formula for Success

Math teacher Lindsay Coren at the St. Luke’s Science & Sports College in Exeter, UK, has enjoyed using his doc cam in an regular exercise he calls “Past Paper Live.” “The students attempt a question in a set time,” explained Lindsay, “followed by watching — through the use of the camera linked to the laptop/projector — the ‘perfect’ way of answering the question (modeled by myself + showing the exam mark scheme).”

The hands-on, real-time nature of doc cam capture cannot be overstated. Real-time video brings the sort of interactivity and dynamism that static presentations can’t muster. The step-by-step process of working out algebra equations or word problems really foregrounds this advantage, and Lindsay can certainly attest to the success of his live demonstrations. “It has proved much easier and quicker than trying to do certain topics on the whiteboard (e.g. constructions, using a protractor, etc.) and students love having their work shown on screen (when they bring their work to my desk).”

Document cameras may have first been designed to capture documents, but it’s clear they’re equally adept at capturing everything from human faces to birds in a tree to cells in a Petri dish. Perhaps they should call them the Everything Cameras. But on second thought, doc cam has a slighter nicer ring to it.

Coloring Books for Adults? Yes! 5 Ways IPEVO Can Help

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, iPad in Education, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, APPLICATION) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-08-03

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A recent phenomenon is proving that coloring books aren’t just for preschoolers. As major outlets like the New York Times and Huffington Post have reported, coloring books are coming back in a big way, and adults have embraced the notion of coloring intricate black-and-white drawings.

Why? Coloring is relaxing and a stress-reliever, allowing us to slow down in our hectic modern world. It’s also a great creative outlet no matter who you are. Finally, it’s a social activity. People are uploading their completed images to social media, and adults have even gotten together for “coloring circles” to spend an afternoon or night with friends.

So if you’re a coloring book convert, let’s talk about the perfect tool for all your activities — an IPEVO document camera like the Ziggi-HD, VZ-1, or the wireless iZiggi-HD. Here are 5 ways you can use a versatile IPEVO doc cam to make your creative time even better:

1. Sharing your work on social media — If you’ve spent hours on your work, you don’t want to upload a shabby, poorly-framed picture. An IPEVO doc cam’s multi-jointed swing-arm and other features make it easy to get the exact framing you need for the perfect shot. Plus, with stuff like manual focus and adjustable exposure, you have even more tools to get it “just right.”

2. Keep it precise — Adult drawings can get very intricate, and it’s easy to draw outside the lines. As we remember from preschool, that’s a No-No! But you can use an IPEVO doc cam as a kind of magnifying glass, zooming in on specific portions to make sure your coloring is tight and precise.

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3. No blank spaces — For all the completionists out there, we know that blank spaces are also a No-No. So use that same handy zoom feature to ensure you didn’t miss anything.

4. Serious quality control — Enthusiasts get serious about their coloring books. Some have suggested checking your work with multiple snapshots or even with light boxes. But why go to the trouble of checking snapshots when you have real-time video for immediate feedback? An IPEVO doc cam can instantly show you what’s up — no eye-straining light boxes required. Then, when you’re finally ready, the doc cam is ready to capture that glorious high-rez picture.

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5. Coloring circles — It’d be fun to get together and color, right? So why not share your work the best way with an IPEVO doc cam? Instead of your half-dozen friends crowding around your drawing, you can stream your image onto a computer screen, a TV screen, or even onto a projection screen with a projector. Now that’s some seriously awesome coloring circle tech that’ll be sure to impress.

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So whether you’re a hardcore coloring book hobbyist or just thinking of getting started, remember that IPEVO could lend a big hand for not a whole lot of money.

App Developers – Develop with iZiggi-HD and Earn a Chance to Get Yours FREE!

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, Document Cameras in Education, Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, iPad in Education, Software and App, APPLICATION) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-06-24

iZiggi-HD – the affordable, wireless document camera for PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets – has revolutionized the way educators and businesspeople share their material. But we think iZiggi-HD’s versatility can be taken one step further. That’s why we’ve developed the iZiggi API and iZiggi SDK especially for app developers.

Read on for how you can win a free document camera just for developing your app with iZiggi-HD.

Are you an app developer who makes use of a device’s built-in camera? You or your users may have already experienced the frustrations and limitations of this camera. Fixed angle, fixed height, and restricted functionality can all negatively impact what your app can do, and what users can do with your app.

That’s why we developed iZiggi API as well as iZiggi SDK. Whether you’re developing for PC, Mac, iOS, or Android tablets, you can use our straightforward kit to seamlessly integrate iZiggi-HD into your app in no time. Give your users all the benefits of choosing a second camera source, and your app is sure to enjoy a whole new level of utility. Users can take advantage of iZiggi-HD’s full-featured camera, multi-jointed swing-arm, and wireless freedom to do even more with your app. Here are just a few examples we came up with, but creative devs like yourself are sure to come up with more.

 

Integrating iZiggi-HD into Your Apps

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Interested in learning more? Head over to our iZiggi API Developer page for more of the nuts and bolts. And if your gears are already turning with ideas for how to use iZiggi-HD in your app, tell us about it and earn a chance to win your very own iZiggi-HD Doc Cam!

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Staying Connected to the Internet with iZiggi-HD – a Video Tutorial

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, Document Cameras in Education, iPad in Education, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, All Applications, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-06-17

Are you familiar with the IPEVO iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera? It uses your existing WiFi connection to wirelessly stream real-time video of documents, 3D objects and more right to your computer or tablet.

That’s all great, but here’s a big question many people have had – Can my computer or tablet still connect to the Internet while connected to iZiggi-HD? YES! But it does take a couple of steps.

To make it simple for you to connect to the Internet while using iZiggi-HD, we’ve created two brief videos, one for computers (PC & Mac) and one for tablets (both iPad and Android). If you own an iZiggi-HD and have been wondering about connecting to the Internet, these are the videos for you.

For PC and Mac users:

 

For iPad and Android tablet users:

What is IPEVO Whiteboard? Here’s the Place to Start

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, Document Cameras in Education, Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, iPad in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-04-22

Are you using iPad or Android tablets in the classroom? IPEVO has a way to significantly increase learning opportunities with tablets. It’s called IPEVO Whiteboard, and it’s a free app that will transform the way your students interact with teaching material.

IPEVO Whiteboard allows you to share and annotate a wide range of pictures, objects, screens and text. But let’s add some visual material to this discussion, shall we? Here’s a brief introductory video with a nice overview of what Whiteboard is all about.

And for a more in-depth look at some of Whiteboard’s features and functions, here’s a 3-part tutorial series:

Whiteboard App Part 1: Board Functions

Whiteboard App Part 2: Tool Options

Whiteboard App Part 3: Modes

Ready to give your curriculum a fresh new boost? IPEVO Whiteboard can help. Try it out for free!

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How to Whiteboard – Our 3-Part IPEVO Whiteboard Video Series

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, iPad in Education, Software and App, APPLICATION, All Products, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-01-19

The free IPEVO Whiteboard app (available for iPad and now for Android) gives you the ability to annotate and emphasize your material, taking lessons and presentations to the next level. And to make sure you can take full advantage of Whiteboard’s features and tools, we’ve put together a 3-part video tutorial series. Check ’em out, and in a few minutes you’ll be able to master everything Whiteboard has to offer.

Part 1: Board Functions

This first video introduces and explains boards. Just like traditional chalkboards/whiteboards, boards are used to draw on. But you can also use them to import static images and real-time video. Cool, huh?

Part 2: Tool Options

Whiteboard’s drawing and text tools for annotation are designed to be intuitive and easy to use. This second video provides a nice and concise summary for all these tools, along with a couple handy tricks.

Part 3: Modes

Real-time video annotation, screenshot capture, and even video recording are all possible when you switch modes within Whiteboard. Our third video gives you all the info you need.

If you haven’t given IPEVO Whiteboard a try yet, or you need a little refresher, there’s never been a better time. Find out what Whiteboard can do for educators and businesspeople.

Get the Whiteboard App now!

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Interactive Whiteboard or iPads in Your Classroom? Why Not Both!

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, All Products, Wishpool) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-01-07

Educators wishing to innovate with technology in their classrooms face tough decisions, particularly when dealing with tight school budgets. For example, both the iPad and the SMART Board open up interactive learning opportunities for students. But with SMART boards being so expensive (usually many thousands of dollars), sometimes it’s an “either/or” choice between purchasing an interactive whiteboard versus purchasing several iPads. Which do you choose?

IPEVO believes you shouldn’t have to choose one over the other. You can afford all the iPads your students need and still have budget left over for an interactive whiteboard by choosing the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System. This inexpensive system turns most any flat surface into a whiteboard you and your students can interact with — and at only $149, it’s thousands less than a SMART board.

There are benefits to an interactive whiteboard, including effective whole-class teaching and multimedia engagement for dynamic interactions. By involving students at the board, you’re increasing their agency, their risk-taking, and their reasoning skills. You can also spark classroom debates by presenting multiple student solutions to problems (as in math). It’s also really useful and stimulating to switch between using the whiteboard as a whole-class presentation tool and then as a learning tool for students to produce their own work for the benefit of themselves and the rest of the class.

Teachers are finding that iPads can also deliver fruitful interactions in a different way. Multiple students can participate on iPads at their desk, instead of having only one or two students at the front of the room. The teacher is also free to walk around the room and engage his or her students without being “tied” to the board. And with Apple TV and a projector, multiple student iPads can be projected onto the screen and switched between for the benefit of the class. There is also an entire universe of learning apps available on iPad that might be harder (or impossible) to project and use on an interactive whiteboard.

The key takeaway here that veteran teachers know full well — and something which ed tech researchers have concluded — is that multiple approaches to learning are best. Combining technologies can motivate and excite students, and variety staves off tedium and eliminates the frustration that comes when a student doesn’t “get it” when only one teaching method is used.

By saving thousands of dollars with IPEVO’s IS-01 in place of a SMART board, educators can purchase their needed iPads plus enjoy their own interactive whiteboard, an extremely effective (and fun) presentation tool and learning tool. Basically, you can have your cake and eat it, too!

Why sacrifice one for the other when you can have both? IPEVO’s mission is to deliver affordable teaching technology so no student is left out, and that’s what you can achieve with the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System. Check it out and imagine the possibilities.