iPad and Tubular Wireless Speakers – A Match Made in Heaven #5

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Filed Under (All Products, All Applications, IPEVO, P2V, Tubular) by ipevoblog on 2010-05-21

Here’s the fifth and final installment in our blog series about how Tubular Wireless Speakers and iPad make beautiful music together. Literally.

This entry takes some inspiration from the TechEd convention. Remember TechEd? IPEVO recently had the chance to show educators the Point 2 View USB Camera, and its ability to project documents, math equations, and demonstrations for lessons.

At the convention, there was a ton of buzz about the iPad as well. Because iPad is very portable, and an excellent digital book reader, educators were excited about the notion of leaving their satchel full of heavy textbooks at home, in favor of the very slim iPad loaded with digital books.

The iPad also promises interactivity and media-rich learning, including presentations through the Keynote application. And with a VGA adapter, you can hook the iPad up to a projector and play presentations, videos, photos, and more for a classroom or meeting.

Well, that got our gears turning: you have a lightweight, multimedia device for presenting to a classroom or business meeting. But what about the sound embedded in presentations, or the soundtrack for videos, or the music intended for a photo slideshow? Tubular Wireless Speakers to the rescue!

Fill a (small) bag with iPad, Tubular, and the Point 2 View camera, and you have a full mobile teaching system. We added it up, and all three devices in total weigh less than four pounds! Now that’s portable.

With this teaching trio, you can enter any classroom with a projector and do just about anything. And because Tubular is wireless, you can separate them from iPad to best position the speakers for your students, so they can enjoy stereo sound that’s loud enough for everyone to hear. The tech geek in me is just salivating at all the possibilities.

Our little series has come to an end, but we definitely have not exhausted all the things you can do with Tubular Wireless Speakers and iPad. If we sparked any ideas for your own use of Tubular, or you have any ideas to share, we’d love to hear from you. Thanks, and remember: live out loud!

For more information about Tubular Wireless Speakers, please visit: http://www.ipevo.com/Tubular-Wireless-Speakers_p_75.html.

For more information about Point 2 View USB Camera, please visit: http://www.ipevo.com/Point-2-View-USB-Camera_p_70.html.

TechEd 2010 – Report from the Convention Floor #3

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2010-04-14

The second and final day of TechEd has drawn to a close. Thanks so much to all the educators and administrators who stopped by the IPEVO booth to try out the Point 2 View USB Camera.

We’ve got one more list of ideas from educators to share with you. So without further ado, here they are!

  • One school official noted the Point 2 View would be a great device to include as part of a grant proposal for the Enhancing Education through Technology (or Ed-Tech) program.
  • An educator, who is involved in science education initiatives for children as young as four, admired the Point 2 View for its simplicity and ease of use, especially considering the very young students who would be using the camera to share projects with one another.
  • One pair of IT administrators talked about a “Classroom in a Bag” program, which is designed to equip educators with resources that are portable, so teachers can easily move from classroom to classroom. The featherweight Point 2 View definitely “makes the grade” for this initiative.
  • A chemistry teacher thought the Point 2 View would be an easy way to share both three-dimensional and on-paper molecular diagrams with his students.
  • One practical teacher had the idea that the Point 2 View would be especially useful at the beginning of the school year, when not every student has his or her textbook yet. Text and image from the class textbook could be shared, keeping everyone on the same page—literally.
  • Another teacher remarked how tedious and wasteful it is to furnish pages copied from a textbook to all the students. Why not save a little headache (and a lot of paper) by using the Point 2 View to share text digitally?
  • A teacher of forensics (science applied to help solve a crime or settle a legal matter) loved the Point 2 View for its ability to project images of fingerprints and other small forensic details for the benefit of the class.

Are you a teacher, school administrator, or education IT professional with questions about how the Point 2 View can enhance your school’s learning environment? Please contact us sales-america@ipevo.com, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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.

TechEd 2010 – Report from the Convention Floor #2

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2010-04-14

Once more, we’re here to share our impressions of TechEd 2010, and the ideas that are being generated about the Point 2 View USB Camera and its use in an educational context.

Before we get into more camera ideas, let’s give you the highlights of what other companies are busy with around the convention floor. Technophiles beware: the following list may result in sensory overload!

  • A company called Paton Group displayed their 3-dimensional printer that carves extremely intricate items from a plastic polymer. This has applications for architecture, medicine and biology, and design prototyping of all kinds. It’s super cool.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory was showing off a life-sized replica of the “Spirit” NASA probe that explored the surface of Mars. They had a large, panoramic mural on display of the landscape of Mars, and through glasses the mural took on a realistic three-dimensional look. Also very, very cool. The project manager of the Mars probe mission, John Callas, was the day’s keynote speaker.
  • NanoProfessor showed off their “NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System.” This impressive-looking piece of equipment allows students to create their own “nanoscale structures,” extraordinarily tiny objects that are innovating everything from medicine to engineering. Students can then view their creations with powerful (and student-friendly) atomic microscopes.
  • A company called Details demonstrated what they call the Walkstation. It’s a combination office desk and treadmill. Yes, you read correctly. You can cruise along at a cool 2 miles per hour, burning calories as you type emails or browse the web. To me, the whole concept seems a little tough to swallow, but we’ll let you make the call.

There were many other products floating around, but those to me were the most interesting.

Now, as promised, on to more ideas about using the Point 2 View to help teach!

  • A high school science teacher thought about using the Point 2 View to augment his lecture on magnetism. While he lectures about polarity, magnetic fields, the earth’s magnetic poles, etc., he can demonstrate with magnets, a compass, and more for his students.
  • A teacher of ESL (English as a Second Language) and remedial reading praised the Point 2 View as an inexpensive way for her to show text from a book that she or a student is reading aloud. She said that seeing text as well as hearing it is essential for effective teaching in ESL/remedial reading contexts.
  • A local teacher of video production remarked that the Point 2 View would be ideal for capturing the details of operating a video or film camera, with all its small dials and features. Additionally, the stand would allow him to position the camera just right, and he would have both hands free to operate the camera.
  • Straying a bit from a school setting, but education-related nonetheless, we chatted with a lady about her involvement with Toastmasters International, an organization designed to increase confidence in public speaking for business professionals and others. Members frequently give verbal presentations, and we agreed the Point 2 View would provide a welcome visual complement to these prepared speeches. This might be an entire blog entry at some point.

That’s it for now, but stayed tuned for any discoveries from Day 2 of TechEd 2010!

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.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.

TechEd 2010 – Report from the Convention Floor #1

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2010-04-13

Hello all. A few folks from IPEVO are currently busy at the TechEd convention in Pasadena, California. This is a gathering of educators—teachers, professors, administrators, principals—interested in seeing what’s new and hot (and useful) in tech.

At the IPEVO booth, we’ve been busy demonstrating the Point 2 View USB Camera to educators hungry for an inexpensive yet powerful camera for projecting documents and close-up demonstrations of all kinds. Our participation at TechEd is a culmination of the positive feedback we’ve received from educators about the Point 2 View, which we talked about in a previous entry.

It’s been fun, and the response has been enthusiastic. Educators are responding to the camera’s razor-sharp clarity (even as close as 2 inches), its versatility, and its inexpensive price (currently only $69!). That last point has probably been the source of the most surprise (and delight) in those we’ve talked to. Literally one aisle away, another company (which shall remain nameless) is demonstrating a very large, very bulky contraption that does pretty much the same thing the Point 2 View does, for nearly $7000. $7000! The vast difference in price is kind of staggering to think about.

Anyway, we’d like to share with you some of the great ideas for the Point 2 View that educators have talked to us about at TechEd. Maybe one will strike a chord with you!

  • One gentleman purchased a camera for a family member who is legally blind. With the Point 2 View’s excellent macro mode, as well as 3x digital zoom, text can be displayed very large and clear on a projection screen for those with vision problems.
  • One teacher was excited about the Point 2 View for its portability, considering she conducts mobile teaching sessions for organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and the National Park Service in remote wilderness areas. Instead of lugging around the usual huge document reader, she can carry the featherweight Point 2 View instead.
  • On a related note, we heard from many teachers about the possibilities for the Point 2 View in e-learning and remote teaching environments. One educator purchased a camera for joint teaching sessions she conducts with a sister school in South America.
  • A professor of electrical engineering loved the Point 2 View for its potential to capture the intricacies of circuit boards, transistors, and other tiny details that are otherwise a challenge to share with students.

We’ll keep providing more ideas as TechEd continues, but as you can see there is a ton of possibility here for the Point 2 View to help teachers. Be sure to check back soon!

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.