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.

6 Need-to-Know Facts about 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 2015-02-23

“What’s IS-01 all about?” We get that question a lot from teachers. And while a ton of useful information can be found on the web page for IPEVO’s IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, we know it’s a lot to digest. So, we gathered up the most frequently asked questions to share rapid-fire style in this quick blog post.

1. Is IS-01 a projector?

No. IS-01 is a two-piece interactive whiteboard system that allows you to annotate material and interact with computer applications at the board.It requires both a projector and a computer/laptop for the complete setup.

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2. IS-01 doesn’t work with short-throw projectors, does it?

It does! Don’t be discouraged if you have a short-throw projector. IS-01 connects to your computer, not your projector, so you don’t really have to worry about throw distance. Just place the IS-01’s Sensor Cam at a distance between 3.7 and 13.1 feet from the screen, and you’re good.

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3. I can’t control the cursor! It jumps around when I try to use IS-01.

Infrared equipment or strong light sources can disrupt the Sensor Cam’s ability to pick up the Interactive Pen’s infrared signals. In one case, we talked with a teacher who happened to decorate his whiteboard with Christmas lights. The Sensor Cam doesn’t like those so much! So please be aware of the light sources in the room.

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4. Can I use two Interactive Pens at the same time?

IS-01 doesn’t support multi-touch functions, so no. Only one Interactive Pen can be captured at a time. One exception to this is if you have two computers and two IS-01’s running side by side… which would be awesome!

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5. Isn’t it really inconvenient to have to calibrate the Sensor Cam over and over?

Once you initially place and calibrate the Sensor Cam, you shouldn’t have to recalibrate it again. If you do have to move it, mark the position of the calibrated Sensor Cam for next time. And that said, even if you do take the Sensor Cam from classroom to classroom, calibration only takes a minute or so.

6. Can I use IS-01 with a TV or monitor instead of a projector?

You can… but we don’t recommend it. Here’s why. The TV/monitor screen could be scratched over time from all the Pen swipes. Also, the brightness of the monitor can cause eye fatigue over long sessions. Finally, if the TV/monitor is not firmly mounted, it might move once you start tapping, throwing off the calibration. So, proceed with caution.

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We hope we’ve cleared up a few sources of confusion. Head on over to the IS-01 Product Page if you’d like to learn more or if you’d like to snag an IS-01 for your very own classroom.

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

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Filed Under (Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, All Applications) 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.

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.

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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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Welcome to Mrs. Decker’s Magic Pen

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-11

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Suzan Decker, Conewago Elementary School, Elizabethtown, PA

Click Clack MOO! Oh no, let’s get this right… Click Clack Pen!!!! Welcome to Mrs. Decker’s Magic Pen! The IS-01 is kindergarten’s “Magic Pen”! It is a regular staple in our AM and PM kindergarten classes! Since the induction of pen in Room 101, the children, our classroom aide and I have been able to use this form of technology on a daily basis! Listed below are just a few of the many ways the IS-01 helps to educate my students on a daily basis:

*In the morning, along with the IPEVO document camera, a checklist of names appears on the whiteboard allowing each child to click on a favorite color and “Check In” for daily attendance. (I have no trouble with the children forgetting to check in because the pen is so motivating!)

*While guided reading groups are going on, the IS-01 pen allows the Work on Writing group (Daily 5) to practice writing sight words, color coding the vowels in one color and/or spelling patterns in another color.

*Beginning readers use the pen to circle and count words as they learn the difference between a letter and a word. The children use the tool to underline words in a poem that rhyme or to circle a comma or a period in a sentence.

*As their teacher, it allows me to creatively teach the Writing Trait –Conventions –using the color green for the word “I” at the beginning of a sentence to understand that every sentence begins with a capital letter, write the rest of the sentence in black and end the sentence with a blue period. Children’s stories, during peer editing, can be checked for conventions using the above model.

*In math, the children are able to complete a math page together and are able to actively participate in the lesson in a large or small group setting. Also, the pen allows for so much color coding at this level to breakdown concepts that can be very difficult for a kindergarten child in math. With the new PA standards, children are creating and using 10 frames for adding and subtracting .The pen allows them to understand the concepts by actively engaging in the lesson.

*Lastly, the IS-01 technology has allowed me to be given the highest marks available in the technology category under the New Teacher Evaluation System for Pennsylvania My principal was so impressed.  All of this time, he thought that the technology teachers were the upper grade teachers down the hall. He had no idea how tech savvy I had become using your products which include the IS-01 and the document camera. He said that I was the best kept secret when it comes to using a variety of technology in my classroom!

Simply put, the IS-01 has helped me create strategies that teach across the entire spectrum of learning in my classroom. It has changed the way I teach and has had such an effect on the “light bulbs” turning on in their little minds with a variety of concepts so much earlier in the year. Many students are able to “get it”, to understand a concept so much faster because of the “Magic Pen!” The “Magic Pen” does a lot of work helping to educate so many students in both half day kindergarten sessions.

But, I know that none of this would have been possible without your generous gifts and contributions you so willing donate to classroom teachers.  So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for the opportunity to become a better teacher using your products and for giving them so freely to all of the teachers who are smart enough to use your WISHPOOL  to use technology in the classroom.

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IS-01 – The Sharpest Tool in my Technology Toolbox!

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, Wishpool, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-11

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Sue Haney, Richland Elementary School, Crest Hill, IL

The IPEVO IS-01 has transformed the learning of my first graders in so many ways!  It is amazing that this technology allows our whiteboard to function as an interactive whiteboard at such a small cost.  The students are always excited to participate in learning activities when they know they will get to use the pen to display their learning.

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While we initially used it for basic on-line learning games, I found so many wonderful tools available on-line that help me to create engaging, CCSS-aligned lessons in all content areas.  My first graders use the IS-01 with on-line manipulatives to make patterns, explain their mathematical thinking, solve problems, label their work, create composite shapes, create graphs, measure using a variety of non-standard units, and so much more.

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When coupled with the alphabet manipulatives available on-line, the IS-01 creates a fantastic “word work” station for small groups.  Literacy activities are taken to a new level of engagement when used with the IS-01. Students are motivated to practice telling time when we use on-line clock activities projected on the screen for teams to “beat the clock.” The on-line activities accompanying our social studies and science curriculum no longer require students to stand by the computer, as they can use the pen to control the activity.  My young students have become adept at calibrating the IS-01 to prepare for any activity because it is so easy to use.

This tool has introduced my young students to the endless possibilities for using technology to collaborate with other learners and enhance their learning.  It is by far the most used tool in my technology toolbox!

View this on my wikispaces page at:
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39 Interesting Ways to Use the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System in Your Class—Part 4

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-06

More ways to engage your child in the classroom using IS-01. Check out part 4 of the 39 ways to use IS-01.

31. Host a Poetry Session
Create and share poems, individually or as a class. Discover age-appropriate poems from students and from professional poets through a site like GigglePoetry. Also try Seussville for colorful, interactive activities based on the work of Dr. Seuss.

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32. Recreate a scene with drag-and-drop
How would a famous scene from a play or book be staged? What props, costumes, scenery and actors would be involved? This is just one of countless scenes that could be recreated through creative use of drag-and-drop images.

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33. Wiki it!
With IS-01, you have the full power of the Internet at your disposal, so why not use it? Navigate Wikipedia or anything else with ease. Or, pose a question and conduct a group research session to find the answer with the Internet to prepare students for doing the same at home.

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34. Group objects together
Which of the animals depicted on the screen are mammals and which are reptiles? Students can approach the board and move the animal images into distinct groups using the Interactive Pen. Of course, this could work for many other subjects, too.

35. Pump up word skills with a word builder
Place a couple dozen word fragments on the board and see how many words the students can make by combining the fragments into a single word. For example, if “chem,” “i,” and “stry” appeared as three of the fragments, students could combine them with the Pen to form the word “chemistry.”

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36. Supplement your normal lesson
The IS-01 doesn’t have to supplant your regular lesson; it can complement and enhance it. If you’re doing a unit on Edgar Allan Poe, why not use Google Earth to see where Poe lived? Check out images on the web of Poe himself or of artistic renderings of scenes from his famous stories. Navigate and listen to a reading of “The Raven” performed by a professional actor. Recreate a scene using the drag-and-drop method described in #33. The possibilities really are endless.

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37. Demonstrate a calculator or other instrument
While students are using their own graphing calculators at their desks, use your own interactive version of the calculator on the whiteboard so students can understand the operations and follow along.

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38. Enhance your foreign language lessons
Have students match up foreign language phrases to images, label diagrams, identify parts of speech, click on audio samples and video clips, or engage in any number of activities to make foreign language study more multimedia and more meaningful.

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39. Assist students with limited motor skills
Students with limited motor skills, as well as younger students, may have an easier time using the Interactive Pen to start and use applications rather than a mouse. These students might also enjoy drawing or writing with broader gestures on a larger surface.

Whew! Those are a lot of options. And yet we’re sure there are still many other uses to explore. Do you have an idea for how to use the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System that we didn’t mention? Please share!

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