Helping Visually Impaired Students with the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System

0

Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-09-24

Previously, we covered some classroom solutions using IPEVO doc cams for visually impaired students. In this entry, we’ll explain how to use the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System for the same purpose. The IS-01 setup is a little more complicated but it comes with a couple benefits, including real-time annotation of your material. This setup is also beneficial to students who might have trouble seeing marker lines on your conventional whiteboard.

To quickly summarize, IS-01 turns your existing whiteboard or flat surface into an interactive whiteboard. It does this by capturing movements you make with an Interactive Pen, and then translating those movements into mouse clicks and cursor movements. In this way, your computer’s operating system and most software applications can be controlled remotely at the board. This is great for anything from learning games to presentations and beyond.

For this setup, you’ll need IS-01, a laptop, a monitor, a classroom projector and the IPEVO Annotator software which you can download for free. Here are the steps:

1. Connect the IS-01 Sensor Cam and make sure it has a clear view of your whiteboard surface.

visually_impaired2_1

2. Run the IS-01 calibration app from the CD. In a couple of steps, you’ll ensure your IS-01 is operating accurately.

3. Run IPEVO Annotator. Annotations like text boxes, lines, shapes and highlights will appear on screen in real time to enhance and clarify your lesson.

visually_impaired2_2

4. Finally, use a VGA splitter cable to split the signal from the computer. Connect it to both your projector and to an extra monitor for your student.

visually_impaired2_3

5. Your material as well as real-time annotations will appear on your visually impaired student’s monitor as well as the whiteboard surface for the rest of the class. Pretty cool, huh? But keep in mind that your physical gestures at the board won’t be represented on the student’s screen.

We hope either a doc cam or IS-01 solution (or both) can work in your classroom to accommodate the needs of your visually impaired students. If you have questions on any of these setups, don’t hesitate to email cs@ipevo.com for help and suggestions. And if you do use one of these solutions, we’d love to hear about it! Until then, good luck and have fun.

Check out Solutions for Visually Impaired Students video on Youtube:

How to Increase Classroom Engagement with the IS-01

0

Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-31

Catering to different learning styles, increasing student engagement, and creating opportunities to interact are all hallmarks of modern teaching. The trend toward more technology in classrooms is simply a reflection of this shift. In the case of an interactive whiteboard, the name says it all. Multimedia material can “come alive” by being interacted with in ways it couldn’t before, and students can sometimes be the driver of the lesson instead of the teacher. Here are a few ways teachers have been using the $149 IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System to achieve the types of things we just mentioned. Sorting story elements by categorizing pictures is a terrific way to reach visual learners.

Teaching cause and effect? A similar “drag-and-drop” technique is being used in this classroom. A potentially abstract concept comes alive through virtual manipulatives.

The youngest learners love their chance at practicing shapes with the IS-01’s “magic wand.” Drawing on a large surface with broad strokes is ideal for preschoolers with limited motor skills.

Learning to tell time is well-suited to an interactive whiteboard. Drawing clock hands and writing the numerical time is combined in one exercise. Plus, multiple students get a chance to contribute.

Interactive learning apps have come a long way in a few short years. Harness the excitement students already have for video games and turn it into teachable moments.


Ultra-affordable teaching tools like the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System are proving that passive learning is a thing of the past. More and more, static teaching material is being taken to “the next level” without a lot of time or money.

Educate and Annotate — Turn your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard

6

Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, iPad in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, Staff Picks) by ipevoblog on 2013-02-20

In our previous entry, we introduced the WS-01 Wireless Station for iPad. It allows your IPEVO doc cam (Ziggi or Point 2 View) to wirelessly stream to iPad. And a key part of that equation is the IPEVO Whiteboard app. You can get it for free from the Apple App Store. In this entry, we’ll share all the exciting possibilities for what this versatile app can do.

Whiteboard displays the high-resolution real-time video from your doc cam. But importantly, it also allows you to annotate that video. What do we mean by annotate? You can add emphasis, highlights, multiple colors, shapes, text boxes, and pointers — you know, all the interactive elements that enhance learning for your students or audience as you go along. And these are all accomplished with a simple touchscreen toolkit.

Let’s run down a list of the specifics:

  • Two freehand drawing tools, each with 16 different colors (8 solids, 8 translucents)
  • Arrows and straight lines with 8 colors
  • Ovals and squares with 8 colors
  • Editable text boxes which can become larger and smaller
  • An Eraser tool to clear your drawings
  • One-touch undo and redo, along with a Clear All function

Whether it’s highlighting a literature passage, stepping your students through a science diagram, or pointing out key points of interest in everything from maps to mathematics to Monet, chances are you’ll find a ton of uses for an easy-to-use interactive whiteboard.

Two more things to mention. Annotation doesn’t stop at just your doc cam image. You can create multiple “boards” and switch between them. These boards can use multiple backgrounds, including an image from your iPad’s Photo Library, the iPad camera feed itself, or simply a blank white canvas. Secondly, Whiteboard features integrated Evernote support. You can send drawn boards directly to your Evernote account to share or refer to later.

All in all, Whiteboard delivers plenty of smart utility for teachers, lecturers and presenters — all at no charge. Check out the Whiteboard page for more information on how to transform your iPad into an interactive whiteboard.

How Can YOUR Business Benefit from the Perch Security Stand?

7

Filed Under (iPad in Business, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2012-11-19

Have you tried an interactive kiosk for your business? It’s a unique opportunity to showcase your products and services, share multimedia content, and get your visitors engaged and excited. All you need is an iPad and a stand. And we’ve got just the stands for you: the Perch Security Stand in S-Type (great for tabletops and desktops), M-Type (ideal for seated users), or L-Type (the perfect height for standing users).

What’s the Perch Security Stand? It’s a versatile stand for the iPad 3 or iPad 2 that’s designed with security in mind. We’ve taken our popular Perch Stand and packaged it with a special lockable holder. With two locks, the security holder ensures that your customers can’t take the iPad out of the stand or otherwise drop or damage the device. If your company could benefit from an interactive kiosk, but you need a way to keep it secure, the Perch Security Stand is the smart and affordable solution.

Let’s talk a little bit more about Perch’s features. First, Perch has a modern, streamlined look that’s every bit as style-conscious as Apple’s iPad. So, using the Perch will never fail to impress. Secondly, Perch’s dual-axis hinge means you can position the iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation, depending on your needs. Plus, you can adjust the viewing angle so it’s just right for your users.

As far as security, the lockable holder doesn’t just prevent the user from taking the device out. An optional home button lock prevents users from hitting the home button and exiting your video, slideshow, or app. Thus, you control their experience.

As another benefit, IPEVO is also offering a handy app called Showcase. This application allows you to fine-tune the user’s experience even more by limiting touchscreen interactions. If you want to restrict browsing to one or two pages, Showcase can help. If you want the iPad to automatically return to your Home page for the next user, Showcase can help. Find out more about Showcase in the Apple App Store.

What we’re trying to say is: Perch Security Stand and Showcase offer you a complete solution to transform your iPad into a cutting-edge, secure interactive kiosk for your business.

Here’s just a taste of how Perch Security Stand might function for you:

  1. Churches, galleries, restaurants, boutiques, hospitals, waiting rooms, trade shows, showrooms, reception desks, lobbies, salons, coffee shops, hotels, movie theaters… Whew, let me catch my breath! Basically, Perch Security Stand can be used in a LOT of settings.
  2. Share multimedia content about your products and services: demo videos, photo albums, promos, interactive tutorials. Anything’s possible.
  3. Give clients a sense of what’s possible with your product by offering apps which allow them to “build” or select choices — from cars to clothing to computers, creating what you’re about to buy is always fun.
  4. With something like the Square Card Reader, you can even use a kiosk to process transactions.
  5. Set up the kiosk as a true information center with maps, FAQs, directories, and similar content.
  6. A kiosk doesn’t have to be all business. Offer games or show movies to entertain guests or the children of your customers.
  7. Offer orientations, support, and training for your employees.
  8. Give clients a convenient way to check their email, the day’s itinerary, or the sports scores.

Have we piqued your curiosity yet? Check out the S-Type, M-Type or L-Type to see what else is possible.

Buy Now