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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6 Reasons to Project Your iPad Screen with a USB Document Cam

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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 2013-04-15

Do you need to project iPad onto the big screen for your lecture or presentation? If so, you definitely need to know why a USB document camera is the best way to go.

Reasons Why We Recommend an IPEVO Document Camera:

1. Project All Apps and Tablets
When it comes to projecting iPad, people turn to Apple technologies like Apple TV and AirPlay. However, AirPlay is not available on older iPads or iPhones, nor does it support every single app. With an IPEVO doc cam, you don’t need to worry about compatibility. The camera simply captures everything displayed on your iPad, iPhone or any other tablet.

2. Offer a Complete Picture by Including Fingers and Gestures
“How did you do that?” If you’ve ever been asked that question, you know the importance of showing actual operations and gestures on iPad with fingers visible. From piano apps to drawing math diagrams and more, finger gestures absolutely matter, and you can only capture them with a document camera.

3. No Need to Mess with Network Settings — Plug-and-Play via USB
To project your iPad with AirPlay, you need to link them both to the same network, which can sometimes cause problems and delays. With an IPEVO document camera, just plug in your camera to a USB port on your projector-linked computer and launch the software. You’ll be ready to go in no time! And no hassling with the network or waiting on IT for help.

4. Effortlessly Switch Between Devices and Objects
Sometimes you need to include more than one iPad in your lecture. And sometimes you need to show a book, a printed diagram, or something else entirely. No matter what material it is, an IPEVO doc cam projects it all. And there’s no need to switch between different setups to present different types of material. Just slide your material under the doc cam to project it.

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5. Remote Lectures are Easy with IPEVO
An IPEVO document camera is easy to set up on PC or Mac, and it’s perfect for webinars, video conferencing and distance education. All you need to do is select IPEVO Document Camera in Skype, start the video conference, and shoot the iPad to start your lecture.

6. Get All These Features Combined for Just $69 with Free Shipping
An IPEVO document camera is the ideal tool for your iPad presentations. It’s easy to use, it’s portable, and it’s affordable — as low as $69. Get it at a trusted retailer like Amazon, or purchase from www.ipevo.com and take advantage of free shipping.

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Point 2 View Document Camera is Now Compatible with Mac OS X Lion!

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Software and App, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2011-08-15

P2V in OS X Lion

Great news for everyone with the Lion operating system for Mac. IPEVO has just released the newest software version for the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, and it is compatible with OS X 10.6 and 10.7 (Lion).

A lot of our customers have been asking for this version, and our tech team has been hard at work to deliver the same great features for Lion users. The Point 2 View has always been plug-and-play for both PC and Mac, and now it’s just as easy to use with Apple’s newest operating system.

To download Point 2 View version 1.9 for Lion, simply visit the camera’s support page, and click on the “Mac OS X 10.6 and above version 1.9” link.

Please note: Version 1.9 is intended only for Mac OS X 10.6 and above. If your operating system is 10.5, please stay with the older Point 2 View version 1.1, and do not upgrade to 1.9. But don’t worry: the features in either version are exactly the same.

And if you’re not familiar with the incredibly affordable and incredibly useful Point 2 View camera, it’s time for an education! Learn more about the Point 2 View, and see what the fuss is about.

Point 2 View Super Tips: Prepping for Projection

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, P2V, P2V Tips) by ipevoblog on 2011-01-24

This Super Tips entry is designed as a general guide to help you get the image from your Point 2 View USB Document Camera onto the projection screen. Unfortunately, given the huge amount of projector models, not to mention possible audiovisual configurations in your classroom or conference room, we’ll have to stay on a general level. Hopefully this guide will give you a good feel for what’s involved, and if you can’t quite get it working, you may need to tap your IT department or resident techie person for additional advice.

At its most basic, projecting onto a large screen takes three devices: computer or laptop (PC or Mac), the Point 2 View camera, and a projector. You can see the setup in the diagram below. The Point 2 View plugs into your computer via USB, and the computer plugs into your projector. There are a variety of hookups possible between the projector and the computer – VGA, HDMI, DVI, USB – so if you’re supplying your own laptop into this equation, check with your IT department to make sure you have a compatible connection.

Prepping P2V for projection

There may be a permanently installed computer or control console in your space that controls the room’s AV devices, like the ceiling-mounted projector, DVD player, etc. Or, you may be the one supplying the laptop to act as the interface between the projector and Point 2 View.

In any case, you’ll need to install the Point 2 View software onto the computer prior to projection. Just slip the CD into the drive and follow the directions. After a successful installation, plug the Point 2 View Camera into the computer via USB, and start up the software. Once you’ve got a real-time image on your computer screen, it’s time to tackle getting it to the projector.

Setting the video output to the projector is probably the trickiest part of your journey. If you’re using a dedicated computer console, it may be as easy as selecting “Projector” or “Auxiliary” on the AV interface of the console. But if you brought your own laptop, the steps to output to external video are largely dependent on operating system as well as model of laptop. These settings are similar to what you would need to output to a separate monitor. There could be a special function key on your keyboard that toggles the video output, or you may need to go through a few menus. Let’s quickly step through the basic operations needed for each major operating system:

Mac OS – setting up simultaneous displays is called mirroring. Plug in the external monitor, and open “System Preferences.” Then click “Display.” Set both displays to the same resolution. You can then click the “Arrangement” tab to click mirroring mode on or off. On MacBooks and some other Macs, mirroring mode can be toggled simply with the F7 key.

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Windows XP – many laptops and computers with Windows XP support multiple monitors with a feature called Dualview. Right-click the desktop, and click “Properties.” In the dialog box, click the “Settings” tab. Click the “Display” list, and you should see the Projector model listed as an alternate display option. Select the projector, then click the option to “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.” Your desktop should now appear on the projector screen.

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Windows Vista – Windows Vista will often automatically detect the projector and default into mirroring mode, which mirrors the desktop. But if Windows can’t identify the monitor, you can use Windows Mobility Center (available on mobile PCs) to connect the display. Click the “Start” button, click “Control Panel,” click “Mobile PC,” and then click “Windows Mobility Center.” On the “External Display” tile, you can click “Connect display.” There will be a “New Display Detected” dialog box. Since the default is mirroring mode, which you want, simply press “OK” to connect the display.

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Windows 7 – Windows 7 makes things a little easier than its predecessors, generally speaking. Windows 7 will pop up a display dialog box when you plug in the projector, with the title “Change the appearance of your displays.” The second set of options from the bottom is called “Multiple displays,” and you can select “Duplicate these displays” to make the projector show your desktop.

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NOTE: For many PCs with Windows operating systems, the FN+F5 keyboard shortcut is the way to toggle display modes. However, it can vary by manufacturer, and you may need to consult your user manual or manufacturer’s website for more information.

Once you’ve a) got the Point 2 View up and running and capturing an image, and b) the computer outputting to the projector (which is, in turn, projecting onto the screen), you’re almost there. You want to do two final things. First, set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Generally, you’ll want to set it as high as the projector can handle; the Point 2 View’s highest resolution is 1600 x 1200. If you don’t know the maximum resolution your projector can handle, do some trial and error to see what looks best, which is easy enough. In the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface, you can change resolution through a simple pull-down menu.

The last step is to make your image full-screen, so your image is nice and large on the projection screen. This is easy, too, using the Point 2 View interface. On the left-hand side of the interface, there are three tabs that stick out. The bottom one reads “full screen.” Hit that tab to fill up the entire screen with the captured video. You can hit escape to exit full screen mode when you need to.

You’ve done it! You can now share your Point 2 View’s subject with the entire room on the big screen.

For your convenience, we’re going to repeat these steps in list form. The first list is for rooms that have their own dedicated console. The second list is for when you’re bringing a separate computer or laptop to the room.

Dedicated Console

  1. Power on the projector
  2. Power on the computer/control console
  3. Install the Point 2 View software from the included CD
  4. Plug in the Point 2 View via an available USB port
  5. Start the Point 2 View software. You should be getting the real-time capture on your computer screen
  6. Set the console to output to the projector, if it’s not already
  7. Set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Resolution is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface
  8. Go to full screen mode by clicking the bottom tab on the left-hand side of the Point 2 View interface

Separate Laptop

  1. Power on the projector
  2. Turn on your laptop
  3. Install the Point 2 View software from the included CD
  4. Plug in the Point 2 View via an available USB port
  5. Start the Point 2 View software. You should be getting the real-time capture on your computer screen
  6. Plug the projector cable into your laptop. This could be VGA, HDMI, or USB, depending on the projector and your laptop. Your IT department should be supplying this connection to the ceiling-mounted projector
  7. Configure your laptop to output to the external video source (that is to say, the projector). Consult your user’s manual
  8. Set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Resolution is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface
  9. Go to full screen mode by clicking the bottom tab on the left-hand side of the Point 2 View interface

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.

Teaching the iPad, With a Little Help from the Point 2 View

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, iPad in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, IPEVO, P2V) by ipevoblog on 2010-07-27

In this entry, we check in with Phil Goodman, who owns Goodman Consulting. Phil is an Apple Certified Trainer, and in addition to corporate consulting, he enjoys teaching various topics focused on Apple products and portable tech. Based in Los Angeles, he has taught at several Apple Stores and the annual Macworld Expo, among other venues. Phil also runs the Los Angeles Portable User Group (LAPUG), a group of about 300 members dedicated to portable technologies.

As you can imagine, the latest hot topic for LAPUG has been Apple’s iPad. We were happy to learn that Phil has exclusively used IPEVO’s Point 2 View USB Document Camera to conduct iPad training for members of LAPUG and others in the Los Angeles community.

Phil was good(man) enough to share why he decided to use the Point 2 View:

“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. In the past, I’ve used camcorders on tripods as well as overhead camera/document readers. Those products were bulky, and were always limited to television resolution. Although they did provide 30 frames per second quality, the resolution left much to be desired. The P2V has much higher resolution [up to 1600 x 1200, if you’re curious!], and is much lighter and more flexible to set up and carry around.”

To expand a little on what Phil expressed so eloquently, the Point 2 View is a nice choice for showing iPhone, iPad, and similar electronics because of its macro mode and excellent rendering of details up close (as close as 2 inches). Autofocus means your focus will stay nice and sharp, and the Point 2 View’s jointed stand lets you position the camera exactly where you need it to be. Cool? Cool.

So whether you’re teaching a group of portable tech enthusiasts, like Phil, or just sharing an app with a friend over video chat, the Point 2 View is a smart choice. Consider that your free consultation!

To visit the Point 2 View USB Camera’s product page: http://www.ipevo.com/Point-2-View-USB-Camera_p_70.html

Click here to download the tabloid printable template for Point 2 View USB Document Camera and your smart phone.

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.

Third-Graders Give the Point 2 View Their Stamp of Approval

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2010-06-21

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the Point 2 View USB Camera and education. Recently, we heard from a teacher who has succeeded in using the Point 2 View to win over some very tough critics: a classroom full of third-graders!

Andrea Levesque teaches third grade at Maple Wood Elementary in New Hampshire. As she explained, she has always embraced the notion of integrating technology into the learning process:

“I take every new technology initiative as a personal challenge. Technology is great for motivating the students, and for inspiring them to go further with their learning.

Andrea introduced her class to the Point 2 View, and her students have responded: she’s been using it almost every day.

“We’ve been preparing for NECAP [the New England Common Assessment Program],” Andrea told us. “I have each student write a paper on a topic, and then the kids take turns using the Point 2 View to display their papers on the whiteboard, getting immediate feedback on their work. This is a great way to spur class discussion, and to help make writing more interactive and fun.”

Andrea shared the secret to her success:

“I let the students take charge with the Point 2 View. They direct the camera themselves, which is possible because the Point 2 View is so simple and easy-to-use, unlike our clunky overhead projectors. This increases the level of interactivity, and learning is that much more effective when students are engaged and involved.”

Reader’s theater is another activity for which the Point 2 View has been used in Andrea’s class. In reader’s theater, students are assigned characters from a play, and they perform their dialogue in front of the class, reading from the book. Andrea explained how she set up her class’ theater:

“We mounted the Point 2 View on top of the laptop using the monitor clip. The image was then projected to the whiteboard. The group that was performing faced the camera, and while they read they were able to watch themselves on the whiteboard. The rest of the kids could watch the screen or the actual kids.

“Technology like the Point 2 View is so promising because students are more fully participating in their learning,” Andrea concluded. “And when that happens, lessons are much more likely to be remembered and retained.”

Many thanks to Andrea, and to her class! It’s good to hear the Point 2 View has found a place in your classroom.

To learn more about how the Point 2 View can help education, click here to download the education flyer in PDF format.

To visit the Point 2 View USB Camera’s product page: http://www.ipevo.com/Point-2-View-USB-Camera_p_70.html

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.

School Days – The Point 2 View and Education

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, P2V Educators, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2009-12-04

The Point 2 View USB Camera is released, and we’re receiving some great feedback from users, reviewers, and tech-minded folks from all corners of the globe. As a matter of fact, a couple of the most gratifying notes have come from educators and academia.

Educators have a lot of knowledge to share, and usually they’re sharing it with a large group of students, hence the invention of everyone’s favorite reusable writing surface, the chalkboard. More modern advances include the overhead projector as well as the digital projector. Projectors are great for multimedia presentations and large-screen demonstrations, but these pieces of equipment certainly don’t make the educational experience a cheap one. Those things are expensive!

vIn a time when everyone’s talking about the rising cost of education, enter the friendly and affordable web camera, the Point 2 View. Several educators with entrepreneurial spirits have written us about using the Point 2 View as an alternative to those super-expensive projectors. And the best part is, it’s pretty easy!The custom Point 2 View software included with the camera has a full screen mode, filling the entire computer screen, which is perfect for the large screen. Positioning the camera at just the right position and distance is a snap with the Point 2 View’s jointed stand. From there, it’s up to the 2 Megapixel camera and its super-sharp macro mode to provide the resolution and clarity necessary for small text, handwriting, or images.

From the responses we’ve received, the Point 2 View has been up to the task—and all for literally thousands of dollars less than expensive alternatives. Math educators can use the camera to demonstrate the solving of equations in real time. Engineers could display a demonstration on the big screen or show formulas or figures from a textbook. And almost everyone might find it handy to highlight a particular book passage or image detail for the benefit of the class.

I could go on, but you’ve probably had enough of an “education” for today. Suffice to say, if you’re an educator with a need for inexpensive projection, maybe you’ll consider checking out the little camera with a big vision, the Point 2 View!

For the Point 2 View USB Camera Product Page, please visit: http://www.ipevo.com/Point-2-View-USB-Camera_p_70.html

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* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.