Get familiar with the Desktop Mode of IPEVO Annotator through this video tutorial

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Software and App, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-12-03

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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.

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”.

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.

A Step-By-Step Guide for Setting Up IS-01

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-12-02

Need a versatile, easy-to-use interactive whiteboard on a budget? The IPEVO IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System is the more affordable way to increase interactivity and engagement in your classroom.

Here’s a thorough step-by-step guide for the IS-01 for all you visual learners out there. From initial setup to calibration to annotating your material with IPEVO Annotator, it’s all here. Now you can innovate the easy way with IS-01!