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.

4 Reasons Why Document Cameras Are Shining in Education

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-07-23

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More and more educators are embracing the document camera as part of their ed tech arsenal. Here’s why.
There are a dizzying array of options for educators looking to embrace ed tech. But with budgets only stretching so far, teachers and IT administrators have to be choosy about which devices are right for them. Here are four reasons why many educators are choosing document cameras as the “go to” tech in their classrooms.

The Master of Multitasking

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For the uninitiated, document cameras capture documents, textbooks, 3D objects, artwork, and devices with screens (like a phone or iPad), and then stream real-time video to a computer or other device. With a computer-projector or computer-TV combo, teaching material can be presented for an entire classroom.

We already touched on the wide range of media a doc cam can capture — everything from handwritten math equations to science experiments to paintings to phone app tutorials. This feature alone vaults doc cams into official “versatile” status. But outside of the different media, just consider a doc cam’s multitude of uses in a classroom/educational setting.

Doc cams can be used like web cameras for distance learning, tutoring, cross-cultural exchanges, and e-learning videos. They can be outfitted with a microscope adapter for science class. They can enlarge text for the visually impaired. They can act as surveillance cameras for long-term classroom projects, like incubating eggs and waiting for them to hatch. And they can be used for edutainment — everything from Jeopardy!-style trivia to picture games for preschoolers. The doc cam’s multitasking capability makes it an attractive fit for teachers at all different levels of education.

The Price is Right

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The era of the bulky and expensive overhead projectors is gone, and a new generation of affordable document cameras has made this technology very accessible for teachers with tight budgets. The IPEVO-brand line of document cameras, for example, range from a mere $69 for the Point 2 View USB doc cam to $159 for the wireless iZiggi-HD doc cam. That’s a far cry from the hundreds of even thousands of dollars you could spend on overhead projectors or the older generation of doc cams. Considering the uses described above, the “bang for the buck” factor is off the charts.

Ease of Use

On a related note, many modern doc cams are extremely simple to use, and they certainly don’t need special training like the ed tech devices of yesteryear. They also don’t need expensive software (and expensive upgrades to that software), and they don’t require regular maintenance. This out-of-the-box simplicity means that there are no hidden costs of ownership. It also means that even younger students can use these doc cams just as readily as their teachers.

Teachers have long been tempted by “the next new thing” which turns out to be frustratingly difficult to use or too limited for any kind of real-world application. Education technology is only worth it when it can be used, quickly and effectively. Otherwise, it just gathers dust on a shelf! And that is certainly not the case for document cameras, which see regular use — day in and day out.

Portability and Mobility

The stereotypical image of a teacher glued to the chalkboard and lecturing with a pointer — as his or her students passively look on — is becoming a relic of the past. We now know that both teachers and students benefit from “breaking the mold” and finding new ways to interact, both with each other and with the material. One-on-one sessions, breaking off into small groups, sharing student work with the class, and active student participation at the board are just a few of the ways educators are innovating in order to increase engagement.

Given this emerging trend toward a fluid and mobile learning environment, ed tech devices need to be similarly nimble. And again, the new-gen doc cams are equipped to shine. These doc cams are portable and lightweight, and are intended to be easy to carry and transport. In the IPEVO Point 2 View’s case, the camera and stand together weigh only a little more than one pound! So whether it’s swapping desks, swapping classrooms, or taking a field trip, most doc cams are more than up to the task.

Naturally, the document camera is best as one tool in a teacher’s toolkit, and educators always need to weigh their needs against the available budget. But as we’ve seen, there are several good reasons why teachers are utilizing the document camera as an essential piece of tech for the modern classroom.

How to Think Outside the Box with IPEVO Doc Cams

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, APPLICATION, All Products, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-04-01

If your classroom curriculum has become stale, a document camera might be just the thing to reinvigorate your lessons, increase student engagement, and deliver new perspectives on conventional subject matters. IPEVO has several affordable doc cams to choose from, including the nimble and ultra-affordable Point 2 View USB Document Camera at only $69, or the wireless wonder iZiggi-HD at $159 which connects to PC, Mac and iPad without a wired connection. Let’s explore the Twitterverse and see what other educators have been up to with their IPEVO doc cams.

The user-friendly Point 2 View is perfectly at home with younger learners. Shapes, measurements, colors, picture books, parts of speech – most everything can come alive with projected real-time video.

Here’s something that’s totally out-of-the-box (literally) — a LEGO stop-motion art project. How much fun would that be to involve everyone with such an ambitious undertaking?

But don’t think that the Point 2 View is just for our youngest learners. Here, some serious stuff is being projected and collaborated upon with a doc cam and MS OneNote:

And on the topic of pairing doc cams with other technology, check out this innovator who used a GoPro camera with WiFi and mirroring software to project his work.

Of course, using doc cams can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Let’s get back down to basics by sharing the simple written page for everyone’s benefit:

And remember: whether it’s the $69 Point 2 View USB Doc Cam or the $159 iZiggi-HD Wireless Doc Cam, educators are the real difference-makers. Technology, like other tools, just helps you do your thing!

IPEVO is One of CIO Review’s “20 Most Promising Education Technology Providers”

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Filed Under (IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, All Applications, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-12-15

CIO Review, a Fremont-based technology magazine focused on business innovators, has included IPEVO in its list of the 20 most promising ed tech service providers. We are very humbled to be included with so many tech pioneers and innovators.

Check out the full article and see what our CEO and head designer Royce Hong had to say about IPEVO’s affordable tech solutions – including his explanation of IPEVO’s “only what’s necessary” philosophy that helps teachers focus on teaching instead of on complicated devices.

Creating Interactive Classrooms in a Cost Effective Way

Interactive whiteboards, digital document cameras and interactive classroom accessories are drastically changing the ways how students learn in classrooms. Right at the center of this change is IPEVO, a CA based company that provides interactive classroom equipments which are simple, powerful, and affordable.

Royce Hong, CEO and head or design at IFEVO is a man of difference. “We believe how schools and teachers benefit from using our products are much more valuable than the cold hard cash from a single transaction,” he begins. The reflection of this thought is visible from the company’s products that carry extremely disruptive pricing. “The existing interactive teaching tools are very costly and require professional installation and extensive training to properly integrate into the daily curriculum,” says Hong. “This cuts off educational institutions with limited budgets, and more often than not we see teachers struggle to master the complex technology while trying to teach at the same time,” he adds. Here is where the aesthetically designed tools from IPEVO make a difference.

IPEVO’s wide range of products including document cameras, internet conference stations, and interactive whiteboard systems are aimed at equipping all the classrooms—about 3 million in the U.S.—interactive and productive. The highlight of their product line would be the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System priced at just $149, while a conventional interactive whiteboard costs more than $2000. Adding to it, the Document Cameras Visualizers that starts from just $69 enable teachers to document and project everything, Finally, the company’s interactive classroom accessories aid the use of computers and smart devices in the classroom, “Our affordable tools make sure that no one is left out of the dream because of budget constraints,” says Hong.

For educators with truly limited resources, IPEVO has started the “Wishpool” program, where teachers write in and inform them on how the product can benefit their class. The company will then send the featured EdTech product free and the teachers are encouraged to share their stories and pictures of the product in action. “Wishpool not only supports teachers with the technology needed for their classrooms, it also helps IPEVO to better design products based on the hundreds of direct feedbacks from real classrooms,” says Hong. This “Experience-driven Design Process” ensures that IPEVO products are easy and intuitive to use so teachers can focus on educating and not on explaining how equipments work.

“Not only that, we edit our technology to ‘only what’s necessary’ configurations, using the least amount of technology to enable teachers to maximize their teaching goals,” says Hong. IPEVO also sells directly to schools and school districts, enabling them to price the products highly competitive.

In the short span of time, IPEVO has become a trusted partner to K-12 schools all over the U.S. In an effort to improve the interactive classroom experience, Randall G. Black, Technology Integration Specialist of Huntington Middle School in Huntington, WV, distributed 21 IPEVO P2V USB cameras to the teaching staff in late 2013. After a month, the survey documented that 74 percent of the teachers had installed the P2V, 79 percent had no problem installing the accompanying software, and 58 percent had implemented the P2V in their classroom instructions. This resulted in the school purchasing additional cameras.

With success stories like the above, the future seems bright for IPEVO, as they are developing new products that work seamlessly with iPads and other smart devices, unleashing the potentials of these devices for the classroom learning environment. With over 35 percent of K-12 schools in the U.S.—public and private—currently using I PEVO’s technology, the company is strongly inching towards making every single classroom engaging and productive.

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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Intercultural Exchange – Travel With Your Students Without Leaving the Classroom

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products, Staff Picks, Web Conferencing) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-25

Arlene Tucker, an art teacher based in Finland and the creator of the Dear You international art exchange program, recently shared her experiences as an IPEVO product user.

“You set up a camera, and that’s it,” said Arlene, with respect to starting a foreign exchange class under the Dear You program she created. “It could not be easier.” Arlene explained that it’s been beneficial for her students to exchange so many ideas, homework and pieces of art with students in foreign countries.

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“The cultural exchange has opened the minds of my little students,” said Arlene. “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, if you know what I mean!”

As for Arlene’s pioneering program, Dear You is an art exchange project that includes schools from different countries, including Finland, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, United States, and now Vietnam. Skype connects users in different countries through a simple video call, but Arlene discovered two items that really enhance the basic Skype experience for her Dear You community: the Point 2 View USB Document Camera and the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station.

“It all started through letters and the exchange of pieces of art,” explained Arlene. “Eventually, the project developed so fast and with so many more schools involved that we needed to add online meetings.”

The Point 2 View doc cam, Arlene indicated, has been very helpful for this purpose. Cameras which attach to monitors have no mobility, a situation which just won’t cut it when it comes to sharing artwork on the table for the other party. By contrast, the Point 2 View camera mounts on the monitor but can be taken off just as easily. In seconds, Arlene and her students are able to transition from face-to-face video conferencing to sharing sketches, drawings and other art objects.

Another feature the Dear You community found useful was the one-touch snapshot feature of the camera. Whenever they need a permanent record of the artwork under the camera, they can take a snapshot. From there, Arlene or her students can immediately upload the picture to the Dear You Facebook page.

So, Dear You had the video covered, but what about the sound? Sometimes it’s hard to understand with only two people conversing, but imagine the computer’s built-in microphone trying to capture 6 or 7 rambunctious kids speaking at the same time. That’s a headache! But the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station solved that problem.

Arlene talked about the X1-N6’s ability to capture sound in 360 degrees, or to restrict the sound capture to a narrower section of the room. “I can limit the sound capture to specific spots, all while eliminating background noise. I mean, they are kids, after all. They get very excited when the camera is on, and so it’s completely normal for them to get a little rowdy when they have the spotlight. The X1-N6 filters out the chatter and makes our sessions clear and understandable.”

Today’s technology has helped Arlene teach her art class in a way she never could have dreamed of before. “The classes are more interactive,” she said. “The kids get to see, listen and talk to students their age from different places all over the world. It’s like we have the chance to take an international trip twice every month without leaving the classroom. Maybe that’s why the students are more committed to the class now. Their curiosity to see what is happening on the other side of the world has only increased their focus and their excitement.”

Arlene summarized Dear You’s experience in this way: “We are like a huge family, and the kids love to learn this way. The classes are very enriching and I am really proud of the development of my students through our positive use of technology.”

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Nurturing Knowledge – Share a Garden with the Point 2 View Doc Cam

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products, Staff Picks, Web Conferencing) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-23

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Want to maximize your use of an IPEVO doc cam? Take a page from art class teacher Arlene Tucker and share a classroom garden with the world.

A Field Trip
Spring is a great time to start a garden if you’re an educator looking for a special activity that will get students interacting and out of their chairs. Arlene shared her class’ own garden in Helsinki, Finland with students in different countries using the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, Skype and Facebook. Along the way, Arlene’s students learned about plant species and growing techniques. Plus, they got the chance to see many different plants in other parts of the world. This was particularly true when interacting with classrooms in the United States, given the country’s diverse ecosystems.

How’d She Do It?
Arlene heads Dear You, a foreign exchange initiative which helps students share art projects online. She gathered all the members of Dear You together and explained her new idea: each participating class would plant seeds inside of a box. From there, students would be put in charge of taking care of the garden and sharing it with other classrooms.

Recording Progress
Every couple of weeks, Arlene and the schools involved would call each other through Skype to share their progress. The Point 2 View was used as Skype’s camera, and students moved the camera around the garden to capture plants from any height and angle. Whether it’s flowers in full bloom or the tiniest sprouts, the Point 2 View has the resolution and image quality to capture it all.

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Everyone Participates, Everyone Shares
Whenever a milestone was reached or another important event occurred, teams across the Dear You community could see it as it happened. The Point 2 View on its multi-jointed stand could be moved around and positioned to capture all the newest developments. Plus, students used the snapshot button on the camera to snap pictures just like a camera or cell phone. Snapped pictures are saved to a computer’s hard drive, and from there can be shared on Facebook, in emails, or on something like a Picasa album.

Pair the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station with the P2V USB Document Camera for remote teaching.

The Learning Continues to Grow
Arlene reports that the garden experiment was a success, and that the knowledge acquired was impressive. The students were not only introduced to plant species from different countries, but they also got to grow their own! Dear You students continue to use Skype and the Point 2 View camera to document and share their progress as the gardens continue to flourish. And remember: gardens aren’t the only things you can share. Consider bacteria cultures, the development of fruits, or even an ant farm, to name a few examples. Teachers everywhere are enriching their classrooms through technology. Do you have an idea like Arlene’s? Share it with your fellow educators!

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How to Set Up Your Own Online Classroom in 3 Easy Steps

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-03

What is an online Classroom? At its heart, it’s a cooperation between teachers, schools and students. Online classrooms help educators and their classrooms connect with one another in a way that enriches learning for everyone – despite geographical distances, and despite traditional learning boundaries.

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In three steps, you can set up your own online classroom quickly and easily.

What you’ll need:

1. Connect your Doc Cam to the computer
This includes the Point 2 View or Ziggi-HD USB Document Cameras. Both cameras are adept at capturing fine details (like text) and capturing people like a web camera. It’s simply plug-and-play; you won’t need a device driver.

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2. Connect your X1-N6 Conference Station to the computer
This provides high-quality audio to get both sides talking and listening. The X1-N6 receives and transmits clear audio in 360 degrees, meaning teachers and students can be anywhere around the Station (up to 5 meters away) and still be heard. Like the doc cam, it’s plug-and-play and you won’t need a driver.

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3. Tell Skype to Use Your Devices
Start up Skype and log in. You’ll first need to tell Skype to use your IPEVO devices for audio and video.

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FOR MAC: Click on “Skype” in the top menu, and select “Preferences.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio/Video.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Near the bottom of the same page, make sure to choose the name of your IPEVO doc camera under “Camera.” You’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera

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FOR PC: Click on “Tools” in the top menu, and select “Options.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio Settings.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Next, choose “Video Settings.” If you have a webcam connected, you may need to select your IPEVO doc camera by name. Otherwise, Skype often identifies and starts using your doc cam automatically. When correctly selected, you’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera.
Finally, hit Save to save your changes.

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That’s it! Connect with teachers and students by placing a call to their Skype username. You’ll transmit high-res video and high-quality audio in real time. Whether it’s delivering a webinar, conducting a cross-cultural exchange between classrooms in different countries, or holding a meeting between colleagues, you have the tools (and may we say, the talent) to host your own online classroom with Skype. Class is in session!

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6 Real Stories from Real Users of IPEVO Document Cameras

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, APPLICATION, All Products, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-05-12

Every day, IPEVO Document Cameras like the Point 2 View or Ziggi-HD give real people a chance to collaborate, share work, and present material. Here are 6 of those stories.

1. Nathan’s Story

Nathan at EightShapes struggled with sharing sketches remotely between members of his design team. Dropbox and emailing ground the meeting to a halt, and trying to use Facetime on iPhone resulted in shifting focus and grainy video quality. That changed when he found an IPEVO Doc Cam.

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“The camera works great for 2-3 designers sketching at their real desks on an ad-hoc basis. Just as well, the camera is perfect for the head of a conference room table so a  larger group of 5 to 10 people can take turns projecting their sketches onto the wall locally while also beaming the same image through a GoToMeeting or Skype session remotely.”

Nathan shares his story at: http://www.eightshapes.com

2. Kailen’s Story

Kailen participated in the CO+HOOTS Sketch/Design workshop featuring about 30 designers, developers, students and project managers. The IPEVO Point 2 View was a key part of this unique collaboration.

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“We covered the concepts of *pen before pixel*, IPEVO document camera presentations, paper prototype techniques, and rapid ideation. The session, which produced a TON of great ideas from all the participants, was all about sketching, collaborating and ideating.”

See and read more from Kailen at: http://29thdrive.com/blog/cohoots-sketchdesign-workshop-last-week/

3. Hal’s Story

Hal experimented with a usability study for a mobile app. The IPEVO Ziggi-HD Doc Cam was used to share the phone and app. Hal describes a clever compromise for presenting the phone while still being able to operate it for the test:

“The phone had to be under the camera for recording and video transmission to the observers’ room. But the participants had to be able to use it as naturally as possible. Here’s the compromise: It’s sitting on an inverted clipboard, which tilts it at a reasonable angle for viewing by the participant. The clipboard is held in place by gaffer’s tape, and there’s a tape loop holding the phone in place.”

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Read about Hal’s full setup at: http://usabilitylessons.com/category/mobile-testing/

4. Brenden’s Story

Similar to Hal, Brenden put together a handy guide for running live user testing for phone apps. He describes how it’s important to capture not just the phone app, but how the person uses the app:

“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.”

View Brenden’s full user testing guide at: http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/18/how-to-run-live-user-testing-part-1-setup/

5. Michael’s Story

Michael from Konigi posted a thorough review of the Ziggi-HD Doc Cam, which he has used successfully to share sketches and more between remote members of his design and development teams. He had almost given up trying to share sketches before he stumbled upon Ziggi-HD.

“Overall, I’m really pleased to have this as one of the few tools in my design arsenal. There are few that stay, but this one is turning out to be as useful as I’d hope it to be with little fuss.”

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Read Michael’s full review at: http://konigi.com/tools/submissions/ipevo-ziggi-review

6. Kevin’s Story

Kevin on A List Apart has a nice article about “honestly” in design — and for him, it begins with good ol’ pen sketches on paper. And the best way he found to share those sketches quickly and easily with remote clients? You guessed it: an IPEVO Doc Cam.

“None of our customers are in Scottsdale, so we use the IPEVO document camera to screen-share big, easy-to-read sketches (created in real time or in advance). IPEVO has a fixed focus mode so that when your hand enters the frame, the camera’s focus remains fixed on the paper. You can’t do this effortlessly with a webcam.”

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Read Kevin’s full article at: http://alistapart.com/article/material-honesty-on-the-web

Finally, UIE put together a great list of 5 reasons for design teams to use an IPEVO Doc Cam:

Why You Need the IPEVO Document Camera:

  • Share your design ideas and sketches with remote teams to ensure everyone is on the same page
  • Document individual sketches during design studios to a digital file for easy access in the future
  • Project sketches to large audiences to convey your designs
  • Get everyone participating and working together saving time and increasing productivity
  • Conduct usability tests remotely while letting the team back in the office watch

Do you have your own IPEVO Doc Cam experience to share? Please let us know!

How to Project Teaching Material without a Computer

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, All Applications, All Products, Staff Picks, Ziggi, Ziggi-HD) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-03-02

Need a way to project text and other content in the classroom or conference room without a computer? Here are three setups you can try that don’t require a computer.

1. Using Just a VGA/USB Document Camera

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What you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Connect the VZ-1 HD to your VGA display device using a VGA cable.
  2. Plug in the power adapter for both VZ-1 HD and your VGA display device and turn them on.
  3. Use the Resolution Selector to find an optimal resolution if it did not automatically switched to one.

2. Using a Document Camera With an iPad and Apple TV

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What you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Power on the WS-01 Wireless Station.
  2. Connect Ziggi-HD’s USB cable to the WS-01’s USB port. The WS-01 will power the camera.
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  3. Connect the HDMI to VGA Converter to Apple TV using the Converter’s built-in HDMI connector.IPEVO_How_to_Project_Teaching_Material_without_a_Computer_08
  4. Connect your VGA display device to the Converter with a VGA cable.
  5. Click on “Settings” on your iPad and browse your available WiFi networks. Select the network with the phrase “IPEVO WS-01” in it. Now your iPad is connected to WS-01.
  6. Access the App Store on your iPad. Search for and download the free “IPEVO Whiteboard” app.
  7. Power up the Apple TV and your display device. Apple TV will help you find and connect to a wireless network. Select the network labeled with IPEVO WS-01. Now Apple TV is communicating with the WS-01.
  8. If using iOS 6 or earlier for iPad: Double tap the Home button on your iPad to bring up the Multitasking Bar. Swipe to move to the left of the Multitasking Bar, tap the Airplay button, and select Apple TV in the pop-up menu. Turn on the Mirror switch to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  9. If using iOS 7 for iPad: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center. Tap the Airplay button. In the resulting screen, select your Apple TV and then turn the Mirroring switch on to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  10. Start IPEVO Whiteboard on your iPad. A live image from the document camera should now appear within Whiteboard, and thus on your monitor or projection screen.

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Real-time Annotation: With this setup, not only can you wirelessly stream live image capture from your document camera (like textbooks, handwriting, math equations, 3D objects, artwork, or anything else). You can also annotate the image capture using the simple drawing tools in Whiteboard. These annotations will appear on the monitor or television in real time, allowing you to place proper emphasis on your material with shapes, lines, text boxes and more.

3. Using an iPad and Apple TV

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What you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Connect the HDMI to VGA Converter to Apple TV using the Converter’s built-in HDMI connector.
  2. Connect your VGA display device to the Converter with a VGA cable.IPEVO_How_to_Project_Teaching_Material_without_a_Computer_05
  3. Ensure iPad is connected to your existing WiFi network. Access the App Store on your iPad. Search for and download the free “IPEVO Whiteboard” app from the App Store.
  4. Power up the Apple TV and your display device. Apple TV will help you find and connect to a wireless network. Select the same existing WiFi network.
  5. If using iOS 6 or earlier for iPad: Double tap the Home button on your iPad to bring up the Multitasking Bar. Swipe to move to the left of the Multitasking Bar, tap the Airplay button, and select Apple TV in the pop-up menu. Turn on the Mirror switch to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  6. If using iOS 7 for iPad: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center. Tap the Airplay button. In the resulting screen, select Apple TV and then turn the Mirroring switch on to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  7. Start IPEVO Whiteboard on your iPad. Tap the Camera icon near the top of the screen. Whiteboard will display real-time video from iPad’s built-in camera, which will be mirrored to your display device.


Real-time Annotation:
Like the first setup, you can use Whiteboard’s drawing toolkit to annotate on top of whatever’s being captured by the iPad’s camera. In Whiteboard, you can also choose to create a blank (white) board to draw on. Whatever you draw or capture will be displayed in real time on your VGA display device, whether it’s a monitor or a big-screen projection.