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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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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Have an IS-01? Share and Win Starting July 21st!

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, Wishpool, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-07-21

If you’ve used the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System in your classroom, we want to share your story to inspire other educators. And as thanks, you’ll get the chance to win free IPEVO gear! It’s all happening in our Share and Win event starting July 21st.

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If you’re not familiar with IS-01, it’s an affordable two-piece system which turns any whiteboard or projector surface into an interactive whiteboard. An Interactive Pen controls your mouse, including cursor movement and clicks. Teaching material is transformed, becoming more interactive and more engaging. It’s a simple but powerful way to teach, and the possibilities are endless.

How have you used your IS-01? Write a story between 150 and 500 words, include a couple pictures of the IS-01 in action, and give us some basic info about yourself. That’s it! Submit your material by midnight on August 6th. All eligible entries will be posted on IPEVO’s website by August 12th, and you’ll be automatically entered for cool prizes. The top 5 stories receive a free iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera. Plus, if you simply share your posted story on your social media, you’ll receive a free PadPillow Pillow Stand. Yes, it’s that easy to get some nice gear. All the details, including how to enter, are on the Share and Win website. And if you’re looking for real-life inspiration, consider visiting the IPEVO Wishpool site for stories straight from other educators. Remember, the last day you can submit your story is August 6th, so don’t procrastinate: Share and Win! We’re sure you have a great idea for how to use the IS-01, and we want everyone to know about it.

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8 Ways Teachers Have Used the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System, Wishpool, All Products, All Applications, IS-01) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-05-26

Only a couple months ago, IPEVO made the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System available to our Wishpool teachers. What’s Wishpool? It’s a community of tech-minded teachers who are using IPEVO tech to make a difference in their classrooms, all while sharing their stories to inspire others. It’s free to sign up, and teachers can “make a wish” to potentially get free IPEVO products!

It turns out that IPEVO’s inexpensive alternative to pricey smart boards — $149 for IS-01 versus many thousands of dollars for conventional interactive whiteboards, if you’re keeping score at home —is a big hit with Wishpoolers. Just check out these 8 different IS-01 benefits pulled right from the real stories of real teachers.

1. Simple and easy to use

“We received the Interactive Whiteboard System and tried it out the same day. It was so easy to use and really drew the students into the lesson!”
By Stephanie Peters of Bosco Catholic Schools System, Gilbertville, IA.

Read Stephanie’s full story at: http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/308

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2. Add variety to everyday lessons

“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.”
By Beckie Nieman of NORTH PIKE ELEM, Summit, MS.

Read Beckie’s full story at: http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/336

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3. A learning tool that’s fresh and fun to use

“The students’ eyes lit up when they saw something new and interactive they could use in the classroom. I have never seen so many students truly engaged to a math lesson and prepared to use a new piece of technology.”
By Amy Augle of Wilkins Elementary School, Justice, IL.

Read Amy’s full story at: http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/307

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4. Save your work and students’ work, and come back to it later

“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.”
By Lauren Veale of Lakeview Elementary, Negaunee, MI.

Read Lauren’s full story at: http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/378

5. Tackle complex subjects, like math, in an interactive way

“Currently they are working on double digit multiplication in math. As students use the system to manipulate numbers on the whiteboard others are using their individual whiteboards to do the work. Everyone is engaged. What a wonderful sight to see.”
By Marita Schroeder of Bosco Catholic School System, Gilbertville, IA.

Read Marita’s full story at: http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/367

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6. Alternate with iPads for effective cross-technology teaching

“They get excited to use it and it allows me to give them more technological experiences which is what our school wants. With more classrooms going one on one with iPads, this allows my students to have yet another opportunity to have technical experience and have fun learning as well.”
By Ashley Kleinhardt of Clare Primary School, Clare, MI.

Read Ashley’s full story at:http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/372

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7. Mix it up with multimedia teaching approaches

“The Interactive Whiteboard has helped with differentiated teaching as well as bringing a visual and auditory stimulation that my class has not had before.”
By Brett Walden of Broach School of Jacksonville – South, Jacksonville, FL.

Read Brett’s full story at: http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/310

8. Keep your students excited, focused and engaged

“We are loving our new interactive whiteboard! it gives my students a chance to interact at any time, and keeps them focused. I am thankful that I am now able to expose my students to technology like this and strive to make learning more enjoyable for them!”
By Sarah Smith of Lake Forest Elementary, Sandy Springs, GA.

Read Sarah’s full story at: http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool/story/345

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How can the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System improve teaching in your own classroom? Don’t commit a large part of your budget to a conventional interactive whiteboard to find out. With the IS-01, a small investment could make a huge difference.

IS-01 Tips and Tricks #3- Drawing a Planet with Annotator

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by joseph on 2013-12-26

 

IPEVO’s IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System and Annotator are perfect for drawing and annotating over lessons. Here we are going to show you a few easy steps you can take to draw a planet that you can share and use with your students. And if you don’t have Annotator don’t worry, IS-01 is compatible with any drawing program that receives mouse input. Give it a try and let us know what art programs you use with IS-01 down in the comments.

1. Select the Shape Tool:

Double click the shape tool icon to access the options for your tool. Now choose your desired color and size.

2. Draw a Circle:

From the top left/right corner drag the Interactive Pen down to the opposite bottom right/left corner to create a circle.

3. Draw the First Ring:

Starting from the top left corner drag another circle down towards the bottom right corner creating an ellipse.

4. Draw the Second Ring and Erase:

Repeat Step 3, but further out this time. Then select your eraser tool and erase the appropriate areas.

5. Screen Capture:

Select the the tool with a camera icon on it to take a screen capture. Then save, and rename as you wish.

6. Re-load Image:

You can now re-load the image whenever you need it.

For more Tips and Tricks check out these!

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IS-01 Tips and Tricks #2- 6 Ways to Improve Your Lesson with IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System and Annotator

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, Software and App, All Products, APPLICATION, IS-01, PRODUCT) by joseph on 2013-12-18

IPEVO’s IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System and Annotator Software can be a great addition to any classroom.  It is a tool that can help to improve any lesson or activity.  Here are just 6 ways IS-01 can help improve your lesson.  Have a suggestion on how you would use IS-01?  Let us know down in the comments.
1. Powerpoint and Presentation Software:
IPEVO’s IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System is compatible with any power point presentation software.  You can even write and highlight sections for emphasis when using IPEVO’s Annotator Software.

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Isabel Yrene presentation for her student's parents.

Isabel Yrene presentation for her student’s parents.

2. Interactive Games and Apps:
Create fun educational games with IPEVO’s Annotator and IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System. Any interactive application or website that your mouse can operate will be compatible with IS-01 and it’s interactive pen.

Stephanie Peters students annotate on top of a concrete wall.

Stephanie Peters students annotate on top of a concrete wall.

Students at Crosby Middle School working with their "Magic Wand."

Students at Crosby Middle School working with their “Magic Wand.”

3. Checking Work and Teaching Lessons:
Load files and combine IS-01 with Annotator to write/draw and create an immersive lesson.  Or use any of IPEVO’s document cameras to project the image and annotate over it.

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Beckie Nieman has her student practice their writing with IPEVO’s IS-01 and P2V.

4. Interact with Videos
Annotate and interact with live videos to help enhance your lesson. IPEVO’s IS-01 is compatible with YouTube and any media player.

5. Drawing:
Create drawings and notes using IS-01 and Annotator or other drawing applications like MS Paint to help in your lessons.

Sandra Steinfadt using IS-01 to explain one point perspective.

Sandra Steinfadt using IS-01 to explain one point perspective.

Amy Augle students IS-01 during their math class.

Amy Augle students IS-01 during their math class.

6. Write and Draw over Posters and Props:
Use any poster or prop and write/draw over it.  Be careful of any posters with a glossy surface as it can interfere with the Sensor Cam.

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For more Tips and Tricks check out these links!

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IS-01 Tips and Tricks #1- Calibrating with Ceiling Mount

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Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, IS-01) by joseph on 2013-12-10

IPEVO’s IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System can be positioned on most any flat surface or tripod.  Included with IS-01 is a ceiling mount, which allows you to mount your Sensor Cam onto a ceiling or ceiling-mounted projector.  Here are a few tips and tricks on how to mount your ceiling mount and calibrate your IS-01.

1. Check the Distance and Alignment:

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Have someone tap the four white squares as you adjust the Sensor Cam to align with your target surface.

2. Attach the Mount:

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Twist the Sensor Cam base onto the screw on the ceiling mount until tight. Turn the star-shaped knob near the base for additional angle adjustment.

3. Remove the Sticker:

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The sticker of the ceiling mount is extremely adhesive and should only be applied once. This is why we recommend you check your alignment before mounting.

4. Mount the Ceiling Mount:

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Ensure the intended mounting target is clean then affix the ceiling mount onto the the intended mounting surface.

For more Tips and Tricks check out these links!

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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

Back to School

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.