How to Think Outside the Box with IPEVO Doc Cams

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, All Applications, 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!

How To Set Up Your iZiggi-HD Wireless Doc Cam

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, Document Cameras in Education, iPad in Education, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-29

The iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera gives you the freedom to capture documents and other material anywhere in the classroom. You can then stream images right to iPad, wirelessly, to open up even more teaching possibilities.

Here’s a quick step-by-step video for setting up your iZiggi-HD camera for the first time.

How to Put a Charge Into Your Classroom with the USB SuperCharger

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Filed Under (iPad in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT, Web Conferencing) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-12

More and more teachers are using iPads in the classroom, whether it’s for special projects or for everyday lessons. And when you get that many tablets together — and that many young students who may or may not have perfect charging habits — keeping all the iPads charged throughout the day becomes a huge challenge.

That’s why IPEVO introduced the USB SuperCharger. The USB SuperCharger is a convenient 4-slot charging station that will keep those iPads juiced. Using just a single wall socket, teachers can keep up to 4 iPads charging.

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The thing that makes the USB SuperCharger special is that each of its 4 charging slots features a full 2.1 amps. That means the iPads are charging at full speed. You might be familiar with chargers which deliver a weak, slow charge because 2.1 amps is being spread to 2 or more iPads. That’s not the case with the USB SuperCharger. Speed is never compromised.

Given its 4 slots and full charge speeds, the USB SuperCharger is all about smart battery management. You can keep the USB SuperCharger out on a desk or tabletop as a dedicated charging station. Neither the teacher nor the students have to fish around for an extra adapter or hunt for a spare wall socket.

When’s the best time and what’s the best schedule for charging? You’ll quickly discover what works best in your classroom. Keep the iPads plugged in while students are using them, and you’ll never have to worry about dead batteries stopping a lesson. Or, plug the iPads in between activities (or at night) so they never get low. You can even keep a few extra iPads charging on reserve so you can swap out any iPads on low batteries. That way, the lesson is never interrupted.

Through the IPEVO Wishpool program, we learned how teacher Dee Hamlet from St. Joseph Catholic School in Marion, Iowa uses the USB SuperCharger in her classroom:

“Now we are able to use multiple iPads in our classroom throughout the day without worrying about the batteries dying. Charging 4 of my 7 iPads at one time each night is helping free up more iPads for center, group, and individual work. My students are able to create movies, use the web, and interact with one another more on their blog now that they have more iPads available to use each day.”

And here’s how teacher Nancy Hoatson from Sutherland Public School in Nebraska characterized her use of the USB SuperCharger:

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“I am astounded by the speed and versatility of the IPEVO USB SuperCharger. I am able to charge four of my iPads at the same time in a fraction of the time it takes to charge one device. I can charge any device that has a USB charger. I have 5 iPads and 25 students and this charger has changed my classroom, making all my resources accessible all day long.”

How will you use your USB SuperCharger? Check it out and discover how it could change your classroom.

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6 Reasons Why PadPillow Makes a Great Mother’s Day Gift

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Filed Under (iPad in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, PadPillow) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-05-04

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Did you remember that Mother’s Day is almost here? Sure, we believe you — you didn’t forget! And even though it’s the thought that counts, Mom is going to take it personally if you don’t deliver on the big day. So why not skip the usual chocolates, flowers, or unwanted cookware? Here’s 6 reasons to surprise Mom with a PadPillow on Mother’s Day.

1. Health matters

Without adequate support, posture problems while using iPad are common in older and younger folks alike. With PadPillow, you can help Mom get comfortably and correctly situated while typing, surfing the web, or watching videos. And there’s another important reason to use a PadPillow: it provides just the right angle to support the hands and wrists for those with arthritis. In fact, many reviewers report just that on PadPillow’s Amazon webpage if you want to take a peek.

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2. Comfort matters

Lightweight, soft materials make the PadPillow cushy and yet firm enough to do its thing. Plus, PadPillow’s soft foam will keep iPad’s heat away when she’s binge-watching her favorite show, reading a book she can’t put down, or enjoying a long video call.

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3. Versatility matters

PadPillow was created for all generations of iPad. However, hundreds of users have come up with a long list of items you can also use it with, including Kindle, smart phones, some small laptops, other tablets and e-readers, and many more. So, if your mom has one of these products, chances are the PadPillow will be a great complement for her preferred device.

4. Design matters

Just take a look at the pictures — this could be love at first sight. The PadPillow is pretty! You just have to pick your mom’s favorite color (or the color that’ll match the living room curtains), and you’ll be all set.

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5. Convenience matters

Made with easy-to-wash materials, PadPillow won’t cause any trouble if it gets dirty or needs to go into storage for a while. Plus, it’s small enough for Mom to take along whenever she travels, even on the bus or plane. PadPillow is just the right size. And remember, it’s not heavy at all.

6. Surprise matters

Mom won’t expect anything out of the ordinary for Mother’s Day, and that’s exactly what you can deliver with PadPillow. Besides, maybe she doesn’t even know that her perfect gift is just sitting out there and waiting for her? And moms, if you’re reading this and you get a PadPillow, I know what you’re thinking: that means an iPad is on its way too, right? Let’s hope so!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Making Your PadPillow Holiday Gift Even More Special

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, iPad in Education, PadPillow Pillow Stand for All Generations of iPad, All Products, PRODUCT, PadPillow) by ipevoblog on 2013-11-25

Christmas is getting close and if you’re like me, you usually get your gifts as late as possible. Nothing gets the blood going like last-minute panic, right? But wait! You still have plenty of time to buy a thoughtful gift AND add a homemade touch. It starts with the IPEVO PadPillow.

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So why do we think the PadPillow makes such a good gift? Think of the versatility! Who wouldn’t find a use for it? And it’s great for alleviating pain and soreness that comes from holding a tablet for a long period or craning your neck because of an awkward viewing angle. So, it’s basically a must-have gift for all the iPad users on your list, including kids (educational apps! long car rides!), commuters (planes! trains!), power users (space for a keyboard!), and bibliophiles — you know, the people who read in bed until they can’t keep their eyes open. It’s also a great gift for the elderly and anyone else with arthritis or special needs.

But don’t just listen to us — check out all the 5-star reviews on Amazon we’ve been lucky enough to receive from satisfied customers.

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Plus — here’s the grand finale — however unique the PadPillow is as a holiday gift, there’s a way to take your gift to the next level: a homemade cover to go with the PadPillow. Add extra personality and meaning to your gift with a custom cover using a fabric of your choosing. Here’s a couple homemade covers from Etsy. Cool, huh?

But making a homemade cover will take a ton of time, right? Yes, it’ll take some time, but it’s easier than you think, and you’ll score MAJOR points as a gift giver of great taste and thoughtfulness. And we’re here to help. Download this PDF and print it out, and you’ll have a full-scale template for cutting your own fabric to fit the PadPillow. From there, you need a little sewing skill and before you know it, you’ll have a truly one-of-a-kind gift they will love. Check out “how to make your own cover”.

Remember: get them something they’ll actually use day in and day out. And make it memorable. Give the gift of the IPEVO PadPillow, and consider adding a homemade cover for that extra-special touch.

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How to Introduce Pets to Your New Pillow Stand

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, IPEVO, PadPillow) by ipevoblog on 2013-09-09

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Okay, so you’ve purchased a pillow stand for your iPad. Now you can support your tablet at any height and angle and be really, really comfy on the couch or in bed. All good.

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Unfortunately, Max is giving you that “WTF?” face. You realize you have to acclimate your pets to this amazing new accessory which will now steal your time and attention.

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First, show Max how soft and non-threatening the stand is. Adorably sad faces are standard during this process.

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He may resent your new cuddle buddy. A reassuring hug will remind him that he is also still soft and cuddly.

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Anger, revolts, and downright attempts to destroy your pillow stand might follow. Patience is key during this crucial stage.

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Max will come to regard the pillow stand as his enemy, and may bark, yowl, or yap from a distance. Just let this ritual play out. Earphones help.

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Eventually, after a couple of weeks, Max learns that he’s not really competing with the stand. He’s warm fur, and the stand is soft foam with a 100% cotton cover. Different universes.

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Aggression gives way to curiosity. You’re almost to acceptance…

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Getting even closer…

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BOOM! Max is his happy-go-lucky self again.

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And now you can enjoy your pillow stand… as a family.

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But wait! Nibbles the Cat! What’s he doing here? He hates strangers even more than Max!

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This could get ugly. He’s like a… well, he IS a cat ready to pounce.

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But you’re willing to take a claw to the chest to get these two to play nice.

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Is Nibbles actually liking the ease, comfort, and utility of the pillow stand?

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YES! Now you, your pillow stand, and your pets can exist in multimedia bliss.

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What’s that, Nibbles? You want to get one for yourself? The PadPillow is available from IPEVO.com in 6 cool colors. Unfortunately, catnip is not included. Don’t give me that face.

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IPEVO’s Back to School Special, Part 2

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Filed Under (iPad in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-08-26

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We’re back with the second part of our Back to School Special. Here’s more that will interest educators and parents. Got iPad? We’ve Got iPad Accessories iPad continues to make inroads into education, and we have everything you need to make the most of everyone’s favorite tablet. For two examples, check out the Perch Desktop Stand (which is a great stand to hold iPad in place for stop motion video projects) and the Typi Folio Case + Wireless Keyboard. Typing is a great skill for young learners to develop, and many educators have reported success teaching typing with this versatile three-in-one case, stand and keyboard.

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Back-to-School Sale: the PV-01 Save money with our sale for the PV-01 360 Degree Rotating Folio Case for iPad. With many cases, your only option is landscape orientation. But with PV-01, just give the inside case a twist to enjoy both landscape and portrait modes. Normally $26.00, PV-01 in four classy colors is now available for just $12.99! Don’t leave your valuable iPad unprotected: take a spin with the PV-01.

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Exclusive Amazon PadPillow Deal, Plus $3 Coupon Attention deal hunters: we’re pleased to announce a special offer on Amazon for our extremely popular PadPillow Pillow Stand. The stand that conforms to your body (or bed, or chair, or carpet) for comfy iPad sessions is selling for just $24.95. PLUS: Check out this $3 off Amazon coupon through Facebook.

Use both and pay just $21.95. And while you’re on Facebook, Like us, please!

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Knowledge is Power for Back to School
There are several resources available on the web with handy tips and tricks so you can make the most out of IPEVO products in your classroom. Many such tips have been culled straight from educators. Check out some of these links for ideas and inspiration:
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IPEVO Typi Folio Case + Wireless Keyboard for iPad 4, 3 and 2 PadPillow Pillow Stand for iPad
Remember: IPEVO is ready to be your back-to-school partner. Best of luck in the coming year, and let’s change education for the better a little bit at a time.

IPEVO’s Back to School Special, Part 1

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-08-26

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Summer’s about over, and that means school’s ready to begin. If you’re a parent or a teacher, you probably have lots of items on your back-to-school list, and we’d like to remind you that IPEVO has a choice selection of highly useful, highly affordable tech products and accessories that will help start the year off right. Here are some of the highlights:

Save hundreds of dollars — literally
Before you buy that $600 document camera or $1000 interactive whiteboard on another website, check out our home page and see if you can accomplish most or all of the same things at just a fraction of the price. We know money can be tight this time of year, and IPEVO is all about stretching your dollar and making your school budget work harder.

New items, just in time for school!
We have three new products slated for September release that we’re excited to share. The IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System turns any screen or blank wall into an interactive whiteboard.

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The VZ-1 HD VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera continues the IPEVO doc cam tradition of sharing documents quickly and easily, and comes with the ability to directly connect to your VGA projector.

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And the Height Extension Stand for Ziggi-HD gives the Ziggi doc cam a height boost so you can capture larger documents easier than ever before. Please, check them out! We know you’ll find multiple uses for each of them in your classroom.

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Point 2 View is the king of back to school
One particularly hot seller continues to be our iconic Point 2 View USB Document Camera. There are literally hundreds of uses for this document camera in the classroom, and that’s not an exaggeration. Several accessories have been developed around the Point 2 View for even more versatility.

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This includes the Magnifying Lens as well as the Microscope Adapter Set, both of which are quite popular with science teachers.

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Part 2 of our Back to School Special is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned for even more.

How to Build an iPad-Enabled Wireless Microscope Camera

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by ipevoblog on 2013-08-14

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Using a microscope in science class is a classic. But with schools tightening their belts when it comes to budgets, a pricey item like a microscope might be in short supply. So the question becomes: how do you give an entire class the microscope experience when there might be only a handful (or even just one!) to go around? IPEVO has a couple of affordable items for science educators faced with this challenge. It starts with the Point 2 View USB Document Camera and Microscope Adapter Set. For around $90, you can attach a camera directly to a wide range of microscopes — including straight and angled eyepieces — and capture real-time video of what a viewer looking through the eyepiece would see.

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What you do with that video is up to you. You can send it to a computer for projection, but if your school has iPads and all the learning potential that comes with them, we suggest one final item: the WS-01 Wireless Station for iPad. What the Wireless Station can do is send the Point 2 View’s video to not just one but multiple iPads. And — you guessed it — it does this wirelessly. So, if you as the teacher are demonstrating with a microscope at the front of the class, with this setup you can wirelessly stream the microscope video in real time to iPads throughout the class. Students will benefit from an up-close, crystal-clear image as you give your lesson.

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And just when you thought we couldn’t pack any more innovation into this setup, it gets better. With the free IPEVO Whiteboard app for iPad, students as well as the teacher can make notes and draw on the microscope image, and can then save these “whiteboards” for later.

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This entire setup costs only about $160. How’s that for innovation on a budget?! Compare that to some iPad microscope setups out there costing around $600. And when you figure that the Point 2 View can do a whole lot more than capture a microscope image (check out our Top 50 Ways to use Document Cameras for just a taste), and the choice is pretty easy for budget-conscious educators. Science teachers: how would you use the WS-01 and Point 2 View setup? Let us know!

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Top 11 Style Tips for Your Summer Reading

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, PadPillow Pillow Stand for All Generations of iPad, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT, PadPillow) by ipevoblog on 2013-07-30

Would you believe a pillow stand will make you look (and feel) like the coolest, most put-together summer reader ever? It will. Trust us.

1. Horizontal is In
You may have heard that vertical is in. That’s so 2008. Get horizontal and support your book in any position — to the envy of all your frenemies.

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2. Moisturize
Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to– Oh, wait, I have an extra hand free because of my cool pillow stand.

 

3. Choose the Right Colors
You can’t just tell people how good you are at expressing your individuality. You have to show people.

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4. Find a Form That Suits You
The “sideways sit” should only be attempted with a versatile pillow stand and 1 to 2 years of dedicated study at a European fashion house.

 

5. Mix It Up
Will you choose book, tablet, Kindle or magazine? The answer is: Yes. You simply can’t be caught dead with just one type of reading material.

 

6. Make Your Accessories Work
Before the pillow stand, the world of tablet computing and the world of drinking could never collide. Forget all you know, or think you know.

 

7. Take Full Advantage of Textures
And by “textures,” I mean the amazing feeling of sand between your toes as you laze away the day.

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8. Layers, Layers, Layers
I mean, seriously. A stand that conforms to your lap? The only thing better is pairing that with the classic boyfriend headrest.

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9. Define Your Look, Not the Other Way Around
Because television is such a critical darling nowadays, you’ll always look intelligent and “with it” when you make the switch between your book and catching up on Breaking Bad.

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10. Be Serious About Your Fun
You deserve it all — the great outdoors, comfy lounging, and multimedia entertainment at a proper viewing angle. This much fun requires your serious face.

 

11. Know Where to Shop
You can get the PadPillow Stand in 6 different colors from IPEVO.com. Think of it as foam couture.

 

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