Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom on a Budget, Part 3


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, Wishpool, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-14

Our final entry in the back to school series features a device synonymous with IPEVO: the document camera. If you’re not familiar, IPEVO doc cams capture documents, artwork, 3D objects and devices with screens. Real-time video can then be shared and/or projected for the class. It’s an effective (and affordable) way to present teaching material.

Doc Cams under $100

Even when your budget is tight, you can still nab a great doc cam. The first option is Ziggi-HD at $94. Like all IPEVO doc cams, Ziggi-HD features a versatile swing-arm that allows you to place the camera at most any height and angle, quickly and easily. Ziggi-HD features a 5.0 Megapixel camera for amazing high-def images, and it can be positioned high enough to capture an entire sheet of paper. You get professional-level capture for a fraction of the price of conventional doc cams.

For just a taste of what Ziggi-HD can do, here’s educator Jessica Pilgreen from Wesclin High School in Trenton, Illinois:

I was so excited when my Ziggi arrived in the mail! I began using it right away. I even set up a document camera station in my classroom where I can project images from my iPad, share student work samples, demonstrate/guide students through activities, and take videos and photos. This week, I used the Ziggi to screencast lesson plans for my substitute teacher and my students absolutely loved being able to hear my voice as I went through the day’s assignments.”

A second option for you at this price range is the Point 2 View USB Doc Cam. At only $69, it’s an amazing value. This camera is 2.0 Megapixels which still delivers a nice, crisp image. It can even be taken off the stand and operated by hand for hard-to-reach places. The possibilities are endless, but here’s a fresh idea from Allison Teeter in Mooresville, North Carolina:

“I have loved my document camera! I have been using it to show my Teen Living students up close several sewing techniques and parts of the sewing machine!”

Mrs. Teeter uses the Point 2 View to capture her sewing techniques.

And here’s Jean Benassi from Roscoe, Illinois with some other cool uses:

“I love my IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera! I have used this inside my second grade classroom displaying documents, maps, books and other paper type images. I have also used it when we started our ant farm. This enabled the whole class to watch the ants building their tunnels. No one was complaining about not being able to see! I also used my camera the day our chicks begin to hatch.”

Science projects are a great fit for the Point 2 View.

Also keep in mind that the Point 2 View has a number of accessories to add even more utility. Examples include the Magnifying Lens and the Scan Kit, an integrated scanning station.

VZ-1 – The Dual-Mode Doc Cam

Finally, the VZ-1 Dual Mode Document Camera at $139 gives you the added ability to connect to a monitor or projector to share your material. No computer is required, though you can always elect to connect to a computer via USB.

Educator Zachary C. Kindt wrote up an excellent and thorough review of the VZ-1 on Amazon, so we’ll let him do most of the talking on this one:

“The direct to LCD projector capability is absolutely necessary! If your computer goes down for the day, no worries–your document camera is not connected through your computer. If you are looking for technology that is “disaster proof” in your lesson planning, this is about as sure of a thing as there is.”

And here’s more from Zachary:

“It makes for great instruction. Anything can go under–textbooks, novels, 3-D models, artwork. When a student asks a question about solving an equation, just grab their paper and put it under the camera for the whole class to see–everyone can be engaged in the discussion instead of just the two of you. […] Teaching students how to measure an angle on a chalkboard with a big clunky protractor: difficult. Grabbing the same paper your students have, and the same protractor your students have, and showing them EXACTLY what to do in real time on the big screen: effective and efficient.”

Questions on any products we’ve discussed? Head on over to the IPEVO How-To page for tips, videos, real stories and more. And of course, friendly IPEVO folks are always ready to help. Just email

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to try new things, and we hope we’ve inspired you to try out a little tech to make your lessons faster, easier, more interactive, and more fun. Have a great year and remember: IPEVO is here to help teachers!

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Intercultural Exchange – Travel With Your Students Without Leaving the Classroom


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks, Web Conferencing) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-25

Arlene Tucker, an art teacher based in Finland and the creator of the Dear You international art exchange program, recently shared her experiences as an IPEVO product user.

“You set up a camera, and that’s it,” said Arlene, with respect to starting a foreign exchange class under the Dear You program she created. “It could not be easier.” Arlene explained that it’s been beneficial for her students to exchange so many ideas, homework and pieces of art with students in foreign countries.


“The cultural exchange has opened the minds of my little students,” said Arlene. “Through simple questions, they begin to understand things many children their age know nothing about, like time zones, different languages, and traditions for specific holidays around the world. My students may be small, but their minds are anything but, if you know what I mean!”

As for Arlene’s pioneering program, Dear You is an art exchange project that includes schools from different countries, including Finland, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, United States, and now Vietnam. Skype connects users in different countries through a simple video call, but Arlene discovered two items that really enhance the basic Skype experience for her Dear You community: the Point 2 View USB Document Camera and the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station.

“It all started through letters and the exchange of pieces of art,” explained Arlene. “Eventually, the project developed so fast and with so many more schools involved that we needed to add online meetings.”

The Point 2 View doc cam, Arlene indicated, has been very helpful for this purpose. Cameras which attach to monitors have no mobility, a situation which just won’t cut it when it comes to sharing artwork on the table for the other party. By contrast, the Point 2 View camera mounts on the monitor but can be taken off just as easily. In seconds, Arlene and her students are able to transition from face-to-face video conferencing to sharing sketches, drawings and other art objects.

Another feature the Dear You community found useful was the one-touch snapshot feature of the camera. Whenever they need a permanent record of the artwork under the camera, they can take a snapshot. From there, Arlene or her students can immediately upload the picture to the Dear You Facebook page.

So, Dear You had the video covered, but what about the sound? Sometimes it’s hard to understand with only two people conversing, but imagine the computer’s built-in microphone trying to capture 6 or 7 rambunctious kids speaking at the same time. That’s a headache! But the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station solved that problem.

Arlene talked about the X1-N6’s ability to capture sound in 360 degrees, or to restrict the sound capture to a narrower section of the room. “I can limit the sound capture to specific spots, all while eliminating background noise. I mean, they are kids, after all. They get very excited when the camera is on, and so it’s completely normal for them to get a little rowdy when they have the spotlight. The X1-N6 filters out the chatter and makes our sessions clear and understandable.”

Today’s technology has helped Arlene teach her art class in a way she never could have dreamed of before. “The classes are more interactive,” she said. “The kids get to see, listen and talk to students their age from different places all over the world. It’s like we have the chance to take an international trip twice every month without leaving the classroom. Maybe that’s why the students are more committed to the class now. Their curiosity to see what is happening on the other side of the world has only increased their focus and their excitement.”

Arlene summarized Dear You’s experience in this way: “We are like a huge family, and the kids love to learn this way. The classes are very enriching and I am really proud of the development of my students through our positive use of technology.”


Nurturing Knowledge – Share a Garden with the Point 2 View Doc Cam


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks, Web Conferencing) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-23

Want to maximize your use of an IPEVO doc cam? Take a page from art class teacher Arlene Tucker and share a classroom garden with the world.

A Field Trip
Spring is a great time to start a garden if you’re an educator looking for a special activity that will get students interacting and out of their chairs. Arlene shared her class’ own garden in Helsinki, Finland with students in different countries using the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, Skype and Facebook. Along the way, Arlene’s students learned about plant species and growing techniques. Plus, they got the chance to see many different plants in other parts of the world. This was particularly true when interacting with classrooms in the United States, given the country’s diverse ecosystems.

How’d She Do It?
Arlene heads Dear You, a foreign exchange initiative which helps students share art projects online. She gathered all the members of Dear You together and explained her new idea: each participating class would plant seeds inside of a box. From there, students would be put in charge of taking care of the garden and sharing it with other classrooms.

Recording Progress
Every couple of weeks, Arlene and the schools involved would call each other through Skype to share their progress. The Point 2 View was used as Skype’s camera, and students moved the camera around the garden to capture plants from any height and angle. Whether it’s flowers in full bloom or the tiniest sprouts, the Point 2 View has the resolution and image quality to capture it all.


Everyone Participates, Everyone Shares
Whenever a milestone was reached or another important event occurred, teams across the Dear You community could see it as it happened. The Point 2 View on its multi-jointed stand could be moved around and positioned to capture all the newest developments. Plus, students used the snapshot button on the camera to snap pictures just like a camera or cell phone. Snapped pictures are saved to a computer’s hard drive, and from there can be shared on Facebook, in emails, or on something like a Picasa album.

Pair the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station with the P2V USB Document Camera for remote teaching.

The Learning Continues to Grow
Arlene reports that the garden experiment was a success, and that the knowledge acquired was impressive. The students were not only introduced to plant species from different countries, but they also got to grow their own! Dear You students continue to use Skype and the Point 2 View camera to document and share their progress as the gardens continue to flourish. And remember: gardens aren’t the only things you can share. Consider bacteria cultures, the development of fruits, or even an ant farm, to name a few examples. Teachers everywhere are enriching their classrooms through technology. Do you have an idea like Arlene’s? Share it with your fellow educators!


How to Set Up Your Own Online Classroom in 3 Easy Steps


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-03

What is an online Classroom? At its heart, it’s a cooperation between teachers, schools and students. Online classrooms help educators and their classrooms connect with one another in a way that enriches learning for everyone – despite geographical distances, and despite traditional learning boundaries.


In three steps, you can set up your own online classroom quickly and easily.

What you’ll need:

1. Connect your Doc Cam to the computer
This includes the Point 2 View or Ziggi-HD USB Document Cameras. Both cameras are adept at capturing fine details (like text) and capturing people like a web camera. It’s simply plug-and-play; you won’t need a device driver.


2. Connect your X1-N6 Conference Station to the computer
This provides high-quality audio to get both sides talking and listening. The X1-N6 receives and transmits clear audio in 360 degrees, meaning teachers and students can be anywhere around the Station (up to 5 meters away) and still be heard. Like the doc cam, it’s plug-and-play and you won’t need a driver.


3. Tell Skype to Use Your Devices
Start up Skype and log in. You’ll first need to tell Skype to use your IPEVO devices for audio and video.


FOR MAC: Click on “Skype” in the top menu, and select “Preferences.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio/Video.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Near the bottom of the same page, make sure to choose the name of your IPEVO doc camera under “Camera.” You’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera


FOR PC: Click on “Tools” in the top menu, and select “Options.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio Settings.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Next, choose “Video Settings.” If you have a webcam connected, you may need to select your IPEVO doc camera by name. Otherwise, Skype often identifies and starts using your doc cam automatically. When correctly selected, you’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera.
Finally, hit Save to save your changes.



That’s it! Connect with teachers and students by placing a call to their Skype username. You’ll transmit high-res video and high-quality audio in real time. Whether it’s delivering a webinar, conducting a cross-cultural exchange between classrooms in different countries, or holding a meeting between colleagues, you have the tools (and may we say, the talent) to host your own online classroom with Skype. Class is in session!


11 Ways to Light Your Doc Cam Subject


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, Staff Picks) by ipevoblog on 2013-09-18

Document cameras are great for inclusive, interactive learning in the classroom and for large-screen projection at the office. But in low-light situations — particularly when you’ve turned the light off to provide a better view of the projection screen — lighting your subject can be a problem. Here are 11 solutions to that problem. After all, capturing text, objects or devices is only effective when you have the proper exposure. Otherwise, you and your audience are in the dark.

1. Desktop Lamps
Let’s start with the most obvious. An ordinary lamp can provide plenty of good light in a pinch. You’ll have to experiment with the position and angle that gives you medium-level exposure without too much glare, which is a particular problem with shiny electronic screens like tablets and smartphones.

2. USB LED Lights
Directed, even LED light, can help light the way when you have a computer and USB port handy. As a bonus, most of these are poseable for even more customization.

3. LED Bike Lights
Hey, if it can light the road ahead for your bike, it’s up to the task when it comes to your doc cam. These are usually also small enough to give you some versatility for setup. And afterward, you can clamp it to your bike for the ride home. Now that’s multitasking!

4. Keychain Lights
This category covers not just lights on keychains, but any of the portable, one-bulb LED lights that you can find in a variety of contexts. Just make sure you get one that can switch on and off… you don’t want to keep having to press the light in while you’re trying to give your presentation!

5. Clip-on Lights
These are ideal for targeted light when you have a table or similar feature to clamp the light to. If you’re using something like a Scan Kit to mount your documents upright, you have a perfect surface for a clip-on.

6. Book/Reading Lights
These lights, which also clip onto surfaces, provide a low, even light and are nice and small. If you’re finding that other solutions are blasting the subject with too much light, try one of these.

7. Ring Lights
Smaller ring lights might do the job with a little know-how and creative improvisation. And if the light is placed around the document camera lens, you’ll be dealing with little to no glare problems.

Point 2 View was mentioned as a favorite new tool of Dr. Hitoshi Kozu, M.D. who runs a medical clinic bearing his name in Tokyo. Dr. Kozu fitted an LED ring light onto the head of the camera so the throat would be well-illuminated. Source: Point 2 View is Featured in Nikkei Medical

New tool of Dr.

8. Light Boxes
Most of us are familiar with these in the context of X-rays at the doctor’s office. But light boxes can also be used in conjunction with doc cams. These provide great light for documents, but aren’t very helpful for objects or books.

Light box used with P2V in dental inspection. Source:
9. Phone Lights
The ordinary light coming from your phone could do the job if you’re out of other options, plus there are dedicated “torch” or “flashlight” apps that provide bright, even light. This option is best paired with a phone stand so you won’t need to physically hold the phone in place.
10. iPad
Kind of the same deal as #9, plus there are many more stands available for iPad than for smartphones, plus iPad provides a larger area of light. Again, bright and even light is the key (and one that doesn’t turn off every 30 seconds; tweak your settings). This is probably a no-go for longer sessions, as battery power starts becoming an issue.

11. Helmet or Headband Lights
If you don’t mind looking like a dork, this can be a pretty clever solution for hands-on demonstrations (such as a science experiment or showing off an iPad app). Sorry in advance for the pun, but you’d really be using your head if you tried this out.

We probably haven’t exhausted everything that’s possible, but you get the idea: when it comes to proper exposure, it’s whatever works! And your audience will thank you when they can see what you’re talking about.
Point 2 View Super Tips – Low Light Situations

7 Real Stories: Demo the iPad with USB Document cam


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, iPad in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-04-26

Following stories are written by teachers, educators and other professionals. They provided the first hand experience on how the document cam assisted them on education and presentations using the iPad.

1. Kathy’s Story
Kathy Schrock, educational technologist, adjunct professor at Arcadia University. She chooses P2V to project iPad for the following reasons: easy to set up, low cost and compatible with smartphones, iPads, and other electronic devices.


“Good things come in small (low-cost) packages! With so many of us trying to demo our smartphones, iPads, or other devices to an audience of educators, the IPEVO Point 2 View ($69) is something to consider for your toolbox! It easily connects to a computer to project to a large group using an LCD projector for real-time viewing of the screens of the electronic devices we are trying to show.”

Let Kathy tell you more:

2. Paul’ Story
7stories_02Paul Yip, educational technologist at The Bishop Strachan School. He selects P2V to deliver a quick iPad demo in a conference room for these conveniences: handy, portability, plug-and-play USB, no power cable required, compatible with iPods, iPad and apps

“For those of us doing demos of iPods and iPads, it seems to be one of those “perfect things” as it gives you the ability to show a complete workflow of either device, without relying on one special video cable as well as any apps’ compatibility with video out. Removing it from the stand gets me thinking about poking it into different parts of science experiments, or using it as a “field” camera with a laptop on a stage, in a gym or outdoors. These types of uses are more or less impossible with the larger ones.”

Let Paul tell you more:

3. Steven’s Story
Steven Sande, Mac/iPad/iPhone guru, puts his iPad (or iPhone) on the big screen with P2V. Because P2V is low in cost, easy to set up, and compatible with every app.

“One of the things that was a bit frustrating for me after purchasing the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter was finding out that it doesn’t work with every iPad app… So what if you want to teach an iPad class and show your students everything that’s going on your iPad? ……
There’s a less expensive and pretty cool little camera that seems like it was designed just for doing iPad demos. The IPEVO Point 2 View (P2V) USB camera is inexpensive, has remarkably good resolution, and comes with a stand that is perfect for doing demos.”

Let Steven tell you more:

4. Nathan’s Story
Nathan Curtis, founder/principal of EightShapes, told us how P2V solve many challenging aspects of sharing sketches in real time, and the benefits using P2V to demonstrate a device:


“I often throw a device (notably, my iPhone or iPad) under the IPEVO camera to demonstrate an experience with actual gestures, responsiveness and more, which feels more real that using an application like iOS Simulator on the Mac.”

Let Nathan tell you more:

5. Deborah’s Story
Deborah Highfill, art teacher at Cannon Elementary, shared how the Ziggi changed the way she teach and the learning atmosphere.

“I’ve used document cameras before but never have I seen a document camera display such clear, crisp, high quality images on the screen like this one. It can even display images from an iPad, which was something the document camera I had before could not do. “

Let Deborah tell you more:

6. Alicia’s Story
Alicia Elrod, teacher at Lakeshore Elementary School, uses P2V to project iPad for its easiness to setup, image quality, and compatibility to all apps.


“I started using my document camera as soon as it arrived! It was very easy to set up and the quality is excellent! So far, I have used it to model graphing, share photos related to our science topic, and to show science videos from an app on my iPad. “

Let Alicia tell you more:

7. Phil’s Story
Phil Goodman, Apple Certified Trainer, told us why he used IPEVO’s Point 2 View USB Document Camera to conduct iPad training for members of LAPUG: low cost, portability, and image quality.

“After using many different products to view the iPad, I settled on the Point 2 View, because it appeared to be an inexpensive yet flexible method to demonstrate the products we’re discussing…The P2V has much higher resolution and is much lighter and more flexible to set up and carry around.”

Let Phil tell you more:

Teachers! Make a Wish and Make a Difference with Wishpool


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, iPad in Education, Wishpool, All Products, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-01-03

The education community has given us tremendous support, and we wanted to do something to show our appreciation. That’s why we developed the new IPEVO Wishpool. Teachers, listen up, because we might be able to make your education technology wishes come true — for free!

Wishpool is a unique program that’s all about empowering teachers with free IPEVO ed tech — like the Ziggi and Point 2 View USB Document Cameras which have both been such a hit in the classroom. Wishpool is free to sign up for and it’s very simple. You just need to be a teacher at a registered primary or secondary school (public or private) within the United States, Canada, Japan, or the European Union. Visit the Wishpool website and register with your school email address.

From there, we want to know your story! Tell us about your classroom — what you do, what your students are doing, and how IPEVO technology might help you take your teaching (and their learning) to new heights. A written story is great, and any pictures are a big help as well. We call these “wish stories” — when you think you could do even more in your classroom with an IPEVO product, let us know and we’ll try to make your wish come true.

That’s pretty much it. You’ll receive a confirmation email letting you know your wish story was approved. Your story will appear on the Wishpool website as inspiration and to generate even more ideas for teachers with the same goals. After about a week, we’ll let you know whether we were able to fulfill your wish. If so, you’ll receive one or more of our monthly ed tech giveaways featured on the Wishpool website.

Wishpool is a program for special teachers, and our goal is pretty special, too — a better, technology-rich education for more children, each and every day. And with teachers like you leading the way, we can do it.

Remember, applying for complimentary products through Wishpool is absolutely free and there’s no obligation. So if you’re a teacher with technology needs in the classroom, there’s no reason to delay. Sign up for Wishpool(, make your wish, and together we can make a difference.

Using UDL, and How the IPEVO Doc Cams Can Help


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, Software and App, All Products, P2V Educators, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2012-10-24

Presenting different materials with ziggi

UDL is a term which has enjoyed a renewed focus in educational circles recently, and we wanted to tell you how the IPEVO Document Cameras — Ziggi and the Point 2 View — can help educators achieve this promising approach to learning.

What is UDL? It stands for Universal Design for Learning. It’s a concept that takes up after the universal design movement in architecture. In the same way that buildings can be designed to accommodate the most diverse range of people — like an entrance ramp that could serve bike riders, moms with strollers, and those in wheelchairs — UDL is a framework which encourages curriculum to be designed for the most diverse range of students. UDL acknowledges that no two students learn in quite the same way. As such, “more is more” when it comes to curriculum. By multiplying your methods and your media, you will reach more students and achieve better results overall.

UDL has three major elements:

Representation — Presenting material in many different ways and through multiple media

Expression — Allowing students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways

Engagement — Making sure there are multiple ways to engage learners and instill that very important “love of learning”

And this is where IPEVO ed tech comes in. Ziggi and the Point 2 View give you the ability to present material in new ways. Just check out our Top 50 ways that educators can use document cameras and 50 MORE ways for ideas. That’s a mind-boggling range of ways to both present material and get your students excited about learning. When you multiply the opportunities for students to engage the material, you’re fostering a more universal (and thus more effective) learning environment.

Presenting different materials with ziggi

Finding the right mix of teaching methods that “click” with your students is part of the challenge, but it’s also part of the fun. Ziggi and the Point 2 View can help you improve your teaching according to all three UDL elements — Representation, Expression and Engagement. It brings material closer to students than ever before, and it opens up a new level of interactivity that can really make a difference in your class.

Remember: We DO accept school purchase orders, and we DO have volume discount rates on both Ziggi and the Point 2 View. Contact for more information. Try one of our affordable document cameras in your class: you won’t be disappointed!

50 MORE Ways Educators Can Use IPEVO’s Ziggi and Point 2 View Document Cameras


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by wd on 2012-02-06


We won’t bore you with a long introduction. Here are the first fifty ideas for document cameras in the classroom. And here are fifty other ideas to use IPEVO’s Ziggi or Point 2 View USB Document Cameras to add variety, multimedia, utility, or just plain fun to learning.

We’d love to hear what you think. Any other ideas you’d like to share with educators?

  1. Brainstorming — Write down ideas, and everyone can see the ideas as you go.
  2. Votes and polls — Take a vote and show the results.
  3. Digital flash cards — Study time just got more effective.
  4. Stop-motion animations — Several customers have reported using our doc cams to perform educational stop-motion projects.
  5. Biology — Share small live animals (like worms and insects) with crystal-clear detail.
  6. Class pet — Have a class pet, like a gerbil? Create a “Gerbil Cam.”
  7. Economics — Display charts, graphs, data and more for an economics, business, or marketing class.
  8. Timelines — Help your visual learners with a timeline of historical events or things like the age of the dinosaurs.
  9. Puzzles — For early learners, assemble a puzzle and let the class help you.
  10. Tell time — Show how to tell time or read a calendar.
  11. Sorting and identification — Take small objects and guide the class through sorting and identifying them.
  12. Homework — Keep students on track by displaying tomorrow’s homework assignment.
  13. Musical instruments — Demonstrate proper fingering on a recorder, for one example.
  14. Sports — Introduce the basic rules of games and sports in physical education class.
  15. Foreign languages — Share words, grammar rules, and side-by-side translations of foreign languages.
  16. Poetry — Help students understand rhyme, meter, style and structure of poems.
  17. Game time — Have fun with Boggle, Word Scramble, Hangman, Jeopardy!, or similar games.
  18. Literature — Identify and compare literary genres and writing styles.
  19. Grammar — Demonstrate and correct common grammar mistakes, like “i before e” or “than versus then.”
  20. Round-robin reading — Read a play or book round-robin style so all students can participate and follow along.
  21. Show off — When a student does a great job, reward them by showing off their perfect paper, test, or worksheet.
  22. Math formulas — Don’t recreate math problems or formulas from the textbook. Save time and just show the textbook.
  23. Phonics — Teach phonics, sentence construction, parts of speech, etc.
  24. Preserve fragile items — For fragile or expensive items you want to share, show it with the doc cam rather than passing it around.
  25. Color wheel — Show the colors in the color wheel, show how colors mix to create other colors, etc.
  26. ESL/ESOL — Supply a valuable visual complement to oral teaching for students whose first language is not English.
  27. Blow up text — Go big on tiny text, for your benefit or for the benefit of your students.
  28. Tech tutorial — Teach how to use a digital camera, for one example. A doc cam is perfect to pick up all the small controls and menus.
  29. Time-lapse photography — Take a snapshot of stages in a process, like a seed growing into a plant, for a terrific time-lapse photography project.
  30. Environmental print cards — These cards are great for “reading readiness” for early learners. Sort and identify.
  31. Fine textures — Our doc cams are ideal for showing details from anything with fine texture, like wood grain or fabric.
  32. Round-robin drawing — Draw an object, then have students take turns adding more to the drawing.
  33. Art analysis — For a test or in-class exercise, display artwork from a textbook or photo book and have students analyze it.
  34. Getting closer to students — As a replacement for a whiteboard or chalkboard, a doc cam allows you to sit down and get closer to your students.
  35. Proofreading — Demonstrate how to proofread a paper and how to use proofreader’s marks.
  36. Drama — Drama teachers can display scripts or text from plays.
  37. Political cartoons — Comic strips and political cartoons can often help spur discussion in a fun way.
  38. Software tutorial — Step through a software application on the computer.
  39. Make words — Rearrange magnetic letters to form words in preschool or kindergarten.
  40. Picture schedule — Younger students can benefit from pictures representing what will happen that day, or things like a picture of a backpack to remind them to stow their backpacks in their cubbyholes at the beginning of the day.
  41. Remote learning — Use either Ziggi or Point 2 View as a webcam for remote learning sessions and one-on-one tutoring.
  42. Pen pals — Similar to #91, coordinate with a teacher in another country to create a unique pen pal program with real-time video between classrooms.
  43. Mock courtroom — Doc cams are being used more and more in real courts of law to show evidence and court documents. Use it the same way for a mock trial.
  44. Picture-to-story — Show a picture or pictures with the doc cam, and then have students create a story based upon those pictures.
  45. Absentees — Snap pictures of today’s curriculum, homework assignments, math problems, or class notes for absent students.
  46. Teleprompter — Use the doc cam and projector like a teleprompter when practicing speeches or staging debates.
  47. Bingo — Host a fun game of Math Bingo or other types of Bingo.
  48. Fill-in-the-blank — Involve the class in fill-in-the-number math sequences or vocabulary-building fill-in-the-word exercises.
  49. Performance backdrop — When having students stage a play for the class, display a suitable picture backdrop for the scene using the doc cam, and then angle your projector at a 45 degree angle downward toward the actors. Instant backdrop!
  50. Straight lines — Project a lined sheet of white paper onto the whiteboard. You now have nice straight lines when you or your students write on the board.

50 Ways Educators Can Use IPEVO’s Ziggi and Point 2 View Document Cameras


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2012-01-26


In our previous entry, we brainstormed some ways students can use IPEVO’s Ziggi and the Point 2 View Document Cameras.

But let’s now talk about document cameras in the classroom from the teacher’s point of view, from kindergarten to college. We put our heads together — and relied on a lot of feedback from educators we’ve talked to via email or in-person at Ed Tech conferences — to come up with 100 ways document cameras can enhance learning in the classroom.

And here (drum roll, please) are the first fifty. Have other ideas to share? Please leave a comment!

  1. Chemistry lab — Demonstrate the steps of a science experiment.
  2. Replace transparencies — Transparencies take time to make and require an expensive, hot overhead projector. Work more comfortably, and more quickly, with a versatile doc cam.
  3. Steps of an assignment — Display the requirements for a test or homework assignment.
  4. Digital clock — Capture a stop watch or egg timer for a cheap but effective way to keep students on task for tests and in-class assignments.
  5. Math manipulatives — A doc cam is a great way to work out math problems.
  6. Geometry — Teach shapes, angles, and how to use tools like the compass and protractor.
  7. School board meetings — Doc cams are not just for students. Conduct meetings and display assessment data, agenda points, or anything else.
  8. Study guide — Use the snapshot feature to capture images of notes or pages from the textbook. Faster than scanning!
  9. Handwriting — Demonstrate proper technique and letter formation.
  10. Maps in social studies — Say goodbye to huge pull-down maps.
  11. Graphs — Teach about slopes, the x axis and y axis, and other concepts in a visual way.
  12. Calculator — Show the class how to use a scientific calculator.
  13. Daily agenda — Get everyone on the same page by displaying today’s agenda.
  14. Thought of the day — Share a quotation or encouraging thought to start the day off right.
  15. Let a student teach — Have a student demonstrate for the class. It’s sometimes the best way to learn.
  16. Model note taking — Taking good notes is essential to education. Show them how.
  17. Impress parents — Take snapshots of items from the day’s curriculum and share with parents.
  18. Picture/photo books — You may have only one of an expensive book. Now you can share with everyone.
  19. “Microscope” — Macro mode will capture fine details from circuit boards, for one example.
  20. Construction — Show students how to build or construct something.
  21. Essay writing — Give an interactive lesson about the parts of a good essay.
  22. Corrections — Correct a student’s work for the benefit of the classroom.
  23. Reader’s theatre — Display text from the script as students perform.
  24. Food — Teach how to read nutrition labels and ingredients, or share a recipe.
  25. Current events — Spur discussion with pictures or magazine/newspaper clippings.
  26. Measuring tools — Teach about thermometers, rulers, etc.
  27. In-class contest — Keep everyone excited by keeping track of an in-class contest, such as reading a certain number of books during the year.
  28. Grades — Visually share how a project (like an essay) will be graded: 25% for grammar, 25% for thesis, etc.
  29. Dissections — From frogs to fish, doc cams are perfect for demonstrating dissections in science class.
  30. Help for visual impairments — Give any visually-impaired students large, readable text.
  31. Reading aloud — Help your visual learners by displaying text as you read aloud. Or, have students read from the displayed text.
  32. Early readers — Related to #31, early readers can particularly benefit from watching your finger track text left to right. Plus, storybooks are more fun when students can clearly see the pictures.
  33. Parts of a book— Identify things like the title page, table of contents and glossary.
  34. Origami — Have fun with an origami lesson where everyone can follow along and attempt their own.
  35. Typography — Compare fonts and page layouts in a graphic design class.
  36. Rules — Establish your classroom’s rules with a list.
  37. Word of the day — Have a word of the day or create word walls/vocab walls.
  38. Art portfolios — Capture your students’ art projects with a snapshot and create an invaluable portfolio for student and parent.
  39. PowerPoint — Images captured from the doc cam can be used in multimedia presentations like PowerPoint or iMovie.
  40. Freeze frame — Snap an image during a crucial part of a science experiment, for one example, so that moment can be discussed later.
  41. Sheet music — Teach musical annotation, or display music for band class.
  42. Dictionary — Capture an actual page to show students how to use the dictionary.
  43. Money — Use real coins to teach about money or solve math problems.
  44. Diagrams — Show how to solve word problems in math by drawing diagrams.
  45. iPad — Apple’s iPad has a growing number of educational apps that you can share.
  46. Architecture — From dioramas to intricate scale models, get up close and personal with 3D objects.
  47. Geology — Show fine details from different kinds of rocks.
  48. Art technique — A doc cam is perfect for demonstrating your drawing, painting, or sculpture technique in art class.
  49. Test answers — Display the test as you go over test answers to increase comprehension.
  50. Archive — Snap day-to-day images and archive them so you have a record of your curriculum.