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 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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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

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