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!

Smile! How iZiggi-HD is Helping Patients in the Dentist’s Office

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-01-08

Dr. Hatti is a dentist from Japan who needed a better way to share teeth X-rays with his patients. He found a clever solution to his clinic’s problem courtesy of the IPEVO iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera.

“A few key features of iZiggi-HD interested me with respect to sharing X-rays,” Dr. Hatti told us. “iZiggi can be connected wirelessly via WiFi, so I don’t have to shuffle it between computers. That’s a real advantage for me because I see different patients in a single large room throughout the day. I can walk between patients freely without having to deal with wires. iZiggi-HD is also compatible with iPad, which is a big plus because I’ve found that the iPad Mini 2 is an appropriate size to show patients visual material.”

Once Hatti captures a patient’s teeth on X-ray film, he lays it on a flat light box (for proper illumination) and then positions the iZiggi-HD camera in order to capture the X-ray. Via the IPEVO Whiteboard app and iZiggi-HD’s WiFi capability, the live image feed is displayed on iPad for the patient to view. Dr. Hatti experimented with a few different camera setups in order to find the best way to capture the film, as he explains.

“Because iZiggi-HD has a Macro mode, I’ve found that the best distance between the camera and the X-ray film is about 5 to 6 centimeters,” Dr. Hatti said. “At this distance, a large and detailed image is possible, which of course is crucial to show patients a detailed X-ray of their teeth. I can then use the iPad to zoom the captured image to the desired size without affecting resolution. iZiggi-HD’s 2.0 Megapixel camera produces clear, sharp images even for X-ray film, which frankly surprised me.”

Here’s a screenshot that Dr. Hatti took of an X-ray presented on the iPad Mini. Looking good!

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Another advantage of this setup had to do with saving space. “iZiggi-HD doesn’t take up a lot of space – its base is smaller than an iPhone 6,” Dr. Hatti said. “This is ideal because space is already at such a premium in the room where I treat patients. The whole setup with iZiggi-HD and the light box only takes up a 30x20cm space on my table.”

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Dr. Hatti also finds it useful to draw on the X-ray image in order to point out areas of interest. Here, the IPEVO Whiteboard app comes in very handy.

“With Whiteboard, I can draw and annotate right on top of the film image with simple tools,” said Dr. Hatti. “I can also save a screenshot of the annotated image for reference as part of the patient’s record.”

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Dr. Hatti summed up his experience with the iZiggi-HD in this way: “The best thing about iZiggi-HD is that it allows my patients to view their X-rays instantaneously. iZiggi-HD’s WiFi wireless capability and the portable nature of iPad all combine to let me quickly and easily share these images without any hassle or wired connection. Given how it performs for me in the office day in and day out, iZiggi-HD is an unbelievable deal!”

The IPEVO iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera is now available from the IPEVO Online Store.

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Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom on a Budget, Part 1

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Filed Under (iPad in Education, Wishpool, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-14

It’s that time of year again – back to school time! And if you’re a teacher looking to create a technology-rich classroom but you don’t have a lot of wiggle room in the budget, IPEVO has some smart solutions to add innovation to your curriculum with less money.

This first entry focuses on boosting learning with iPad. iPad is a tremendous tool for education, and IPEVO has a couple ways to maximize your use of tablets in the classroom.

iZiggi-HD – the All-Purpose Teaching Tool

First up is the iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera. It can communicate wirelessly with iPad to stream video of documents, objects, artwork, devices with screens, and all your other teaching material. And with the free IPEVO Whiteboard app, you can even annotate material – draw lines, add text boxes, highlight passages, etc. – in real time for the whole class to see.

Check out what teacher Bethany Piety from Saint Paul, Minnesota had to say about iZiggi-HD:

“We used the camera as a way for students to show off a project that they were working on in class. 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,’ and the groups were able to take the feedback and then show the rest of the class how they were applying the information right away!”

One of the student projects shared with iZiggi-HD in Mrs. Piety’s classroom.

And for a “next level” application of iZiggi-HD, consider what tech blogger Brian Friedlander on his Assistive Technology blog suggests:

“Teachers who have access to a projector and an Apple TV can walk around the classroom displaying student work and have it come up on the screen. Likewise, it is possible to push out what is on the iPad and share it with other devices that are connected to the ad-hoc network utilizing the IPEVO Whiteboard app on the iPad. This will enable students to interact and annotate the contents that is under the iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, which is ideal for small group work.”

Sharing student work while saving time, instantly receiving and applying student feedback, annotating your material in real-time, and increasing overall engagement and interactivity – it’s all possible with iZiggi-HD, IPEVO Whiteboard and your iPad. And since iZiggi-HD only costs $159, it’s an affordable way to significantly enrich your teaching.

USB SuperCharger – A Better Way to Charge Multiple iPads

This next IPEVO solution applies if you have multiple iPads in class. The USB SuperCharger allows you to charge up to four iPads at the same time using only one wall socket. And the best part is that each iPad charges just as fast as it would with the standard Apple charger.
Check out what teacher Elizabeth Eubanks from Boca Raton, Florida had to say about the SuperCharger:

“This charger has been an amazing tool for my students. We are in the electronic world and short on electric plugs! This SuperCharger enables many students to charge their iPads, phones and other devices while they work. Students have also stated that it seems to give a ‘super fast’ charge as well. Now there are no more excuses that ‘my iPad is not charged’! Thank you IPEVO!!!”

Nancy Hoatson from Sutherland Public School in Nebraska had this to add:

“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.”

The USB SuperCharger in action in Mrs. Hoatson’s classroom.

For classrooms juggling multiple iPads, a dead or dying battery can really grind lessons to a halt. The USB SuperCharger changes that – for only $59 – and all without hogging up your wall sockets.
Stay tuned: in Part 2, we look at IPEVO’s affordable alternative for an interactive whiteboard.

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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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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.