Learn how to secure your IW2 Sensor Camera with this video tutorial

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-11-10

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Felt excited that you’d bought a new IPEVO IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System and can’t wait to use it? But hey, you can’t seem to figure out a way to secure its Sensor Cam no matter what you’d tried? Not to worry, we’ve come up with a brief video tutorial showing you three simple ways to secure the Sensor Cam. Watch it, secure it, and in no time you’ll get your IW2 up and running.

Drawing Silhouettes with the IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System, IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, All Products, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-10-21

Here’s a fun video, particularly for preschool and elementary school teachers looking for outside-the-box activities. You can use the IPEVO IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard — as well as the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard — to draw silhouettes of hands and heads. From there, your students’ imagination and creativity do the rest. All you need is your laptop and projector, the IW2 or IS-01, and free IPEVO Annotator software.

And remember: this is just the tip of the iceberg for what IPEVO interactive whiteboards can do!

How iZiggi-HD is Changing Arts in the Classroom

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, Wishpool, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-05-27

Art is a visual medium. And when you’re teaching art for an entire classroom of students, sharing different types of artwork can be a problem. That’s why more and more art teachers are turning to the IPEVO iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera to present their work in glorious HD. iZiggi-HD is small and it’s wireless, meaning you can place it most anywhere, and it’s definitely not a budget breaker. Let’s take a look at some real-life examples of the doc cam in action.


Here’s Mrs. Smith’s art class in Black River Middle School. While Mrs. Smith is at her desk drawing with models, she’s using iZiggi-HD to capture every stroke. The real-time video is wirelessly streamed to her students’ iPad. And voila! Now each child can get a close-up view of the fine details. The need to hover over the teacher’s shoulder is over. Check out the full video:

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And how about Mrs. Allain’s class in Schenectady, NY? Here’s what she had to say about her use of iZiggi-HD:

“We can share the same visual experience from any seat in the classroom and it has made the learning accessible to all of the students. The kids have responded so well to the use of the camera for reading stories and viewing illustrations, examining art work, and observing demonstrations while drawing, painting, and sculpting.”

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Meanwhile, Mrs. Rondeau in Altoona, IA has found that iZiggi-HD can help make art lessons more accessible to students with vision limitations:

“I have several students with vision limitations that make it difficult for them to look back & forth between their work and the big screen. While still projecting the image for the whole class, I can connect iPads to the iZiggi’s WiFi and those students can see the same thing much closer to their eyes.”

 

Mrs. Piety in Saint Paul, MN emphasizes the way iZiggi-HD has enhanced group collaboration and activities:

“I was able to move the camera from group to group, and thus minimize the amount of distraction due to transitioning an entire group of middle school children from one part of the room to the other. The kids were able to share what they were working on as a group, garner feedback, and adjust their practices as needed. I especially loved when the kids were able to provide direction to groups in “real time.”

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BONUS: Music Class! Who said all art was visual? In the case of this Fargo, ND band teacher, students’ music has been made visual by projecting musical scores. He had this to say:

“It has changed my teaching! Students now see visually what I am trying to tell them. They see it in context and it is amazing to see everyone in the band improve their own playing based on the feedback given to others.”

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Have your own story to share? How do you think the iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera would change your art or music class? Let us know!

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, All Products, All Applications, 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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IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard versus Traditional Whiteboard Markers

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

We wanted to see how the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System from IPEVO stacked up against traditional markers for chalkboards and whiteboards. From visibility to clean-up, what are the pros and cons of using one versus the other? Let’s take a look at a comparison test between the IS-01 and the liquid board markers found in many classrooms.

Colors

As any teacher will tell you, using different colors at the board really gives you a boost because you can emphasize and clarify material faster and easier. Naturally, there are many different-colored markers out there, but realistically, most classrooms might have two or three different colors at any one time. Through the free companion app to IS-01, IPEVO Annotator, you can draw with thirty-six different selectable colors.

Visibility

Colors are vivid and bright in Annotator, so you’re not really suffering a downgrade in that department by going digital. It may take a small amount of time to get good with the IS-01’s Interactive Pen, but after that, your handwriting or drawing won’t really be hindered versus a marker. This is a tie.

Line Thickness

Like color, line thickness helps differentiate material. This is one area where IS-01 shines. Annotator features 11 selectable line thicknesses with a draggable slider. Many traditional markers have a triangular tip so you can draw with 2 different thicknesses, but that’s about it. IS-01 gets the nod here.

Messes

Today’s markers don’t have the strong odor or potential environmental impact of yesteryear’s, but they do still leave some residue. And as teachers know, marks left on the board too long leave an imprint that will need a more thorough cleaning than what the everyday eraser can do. With IS-01’s digital drawing, you don’t have any of those concerns. And don’t forget, IS-01 never has the chance to stain a shirt or pants!

Starting Over

Markers wipe away quickly and easily so you can start right in with new material. With IS-01, it’s equally as easy. One click on the trashcan icon in Annotator will erase all marks, or you can selectively erase marks with the eraser tool. You also have an Undo function to go back a step.

Durability

Markers have a limited shelf life and will run out of ink eventually. Markers with attached caps will slowly dry out over time, and markers accidentally left uncapped will dry out that much faster. Even markers with replenish kits will eventually suffer from worn-out tips. None of that really applies with IS-01. The rare battery replacement for the Interactive Pen is all you need to keep the drawing going.

Permanence and Saving Your Work

The same quality that gives markers an advantage – easy to wipe away and start over – leads to a distinct advantage for IS-01. Through Annotator, you can create and save “boards” at any stage of your drawing/presentation. These boards are saved to the hard drive and can be viewed later. You can also do full screen or selective screen captures. With markers, your only option is to take a picture of the board before you wipe the marks away. It works, but it’s not nearly as elegant as saving right to hard drive.

Cost

As we’ve mentioned, liquid markers dry up and have to be replaced. The average marker set costs $14, and if you go through 10 sets a year, that’s $140, or about the cost of the IS-01 at $149. Considering that IS-01 is a one-time purchase that doesn’t need replacing, the IS-01 will pay for itself after Year 2 and continue saving you money beyond that.

Conclusion

The IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System holds its own against traditional chalkboard and whiteboard markers in terms of visibility and ease of use, and it brings a few new advantages to the table that markers can’t quite match. Educators and businesspeople might just be “drawn” to the IS-01 for these reasons – pun definitely intended.

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Draw a Pumpkin with IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-10-30

It’s time for Halloween!
Engage your students in new ways and get them involved at the board with fun, out-of-the-box activities they’ll be sure to remember. Combine IPEVO’s IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System with Autodesk’s Sketchbook, which you can download for free on the App Store.
Please check out the video and have fun this Halloween with pumpkins.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

How to Motivate with Technology, No Matter the Subject

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-26

Getting students excited about what they’re learning is half the battle when it comes to being a teacher. And this is particularly true when a student (often wrongly) feels he or she doesn’t have the aptitude for the subject you’re teaching. So, how can technology help generate that crucial enthusiasm? Here’s a taste of what teachers from around the Twitterverse have been doing with one teaching tool in particular, the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System from IPEVO.  As you’ll see, a range of subjects are covered, so maybe a technique here might be useful for your own subject and teaching style.

Here’s IS-01 in art class, demonstrating perspective so that the whole class can see and understand.
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IS-01 also makes an appearance in biology class, teaching the concept of Punnett Squares.

Handwriting and spelling is a good fit for IS-01. Tactile learners can practice at the board while visual learners can watch as it happens.

Here, a history teacher makes good use of Martin Luther King Day to introduce historical facts via a drag-and-drop style exercise.

And in English class, real-time annotation and different color options make it easy to identify parts of a text.


No matter what your subject, chances are you could benefit from an interactive whiteboard. And at only $149, the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System could be what you need while not breaking your budget.

Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom on a Budget, Part 2

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, Wishpool, All Products, APPLICATION, Back To School, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-14

In part 2 of our back to school series, we take a look at the IPEVO IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System. We think it has a lot to offer teachers for a very low price – $149! – which is potentially thousands less than conventional interactive whiteboards.

IS-01  has the ability to turn your existing whiteboard surface, blank wall or projector screen into an interactive whiteboard. It comes with two small devices: the Sensor Cam and the Interactive Pen. Project your computer screen onto your surface with the classroom projector. Point the Sensor Cam at the screen and follow a couple of simple steps in the calibration app that comes with IS-01. Now you’ll be able to control the computer mouse with waves of the “magic wand” (i.e. Interactive Pen). You can control education apps, the Internet, drawing apps and so much more.

Here’s what teacher Beckie Nieman from Summit, Mississippi is doing with her IS-01:

“We love it!!! The students or myself have used it daily since we received it. We have used it to play games, practice our handwriting, write group stories, and they love to just create free drawings. If I don’t use it they remind me to use my ‘magic pen.’ It was so easy to install and put to use.”

Mrs. Nieman’s class making good use of the IS-01.

Educator Patty Sprenkel from Amboy, Washington used her IS-01 for interactive science presentations:

“By far, the ‘coolest’ way that we have used the Interactive Whiteboard System was when several of my students gave interactive science presentations to the rest of the class. Instead of standing in front of the classroom while struggling to read through their report, my students were able to incorporate a wide variety of multimedia supports (including recording their own voices) to create some wonderful presentations.”

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A student from Mrs. Sprenkel’s class shares a presentation about the gray wolf.

Teacher Lauren Veale from Negaunee, Michigan has even more ideas for how to use IS-01:

“The whiteboard makes it easy for us to list ideas, draw, and create together. It’s great to be able to start brainstorming together and instead of erasing the marker board, we can save what we put together and come back to it later. The kids love using the whiteboard to play math games on ‘the big screen’ and it really helps to keep them engaged.”

A student interacts with a math game in Mrs. Veale’s class.

And if that’s not enough inspiration, here are 39 Interesting Ways to Use IS-01. Whew!

Helpful IS-01 Accessories

Here are three quick accessories for the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System to tell you about:

  1. Replacement Interactive Pen – The Pen can and does get misplaced, particularly with younger learners. If you lose the Pen, don’t buy an entire new IS-01. Just get a replacement!
  2. IS-01 Extension Wand – This long tube snaps onto the end of the Interactive Pen to add nearly 16″ in reach. This is terrific for shorter, younger learners who might have trouble reaching the screen. It also allows users to stand to the side of the screen more easily so that everyone can see the screen.
  3. Projection Screen – These come in either the smaller 60″ or the larger 70″ depending on your needs. A unique coating gives these whiteboard surfaces better sharpness and contrast qualities. The result is a superior, glare-free viewing experience from any angle in the classroom. Plus, they can be easily rolled up and taken with you.

Up next is our third and final entry: document cameras!

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