How to Think Outside the Box with IPEVO Doc Cams

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-04-01

If your classroom curriculum has become stale, a document camera might be just the thing to reinvigorate your lessons, increase student engagement, and deliver new perspectives on conventional subject matters. IPEVO has several affordable doc cams to choose from, including the nimble and ultra-affordable Point 2 View USB Document Camera at only $69, or the wireless wonder iZiggi-HD at $159 which connects to PC, Mac and iPad without a wired connection. Let’s explore the Twitterverse and see what other educators have been up to with their IPEVO doc cams.

The user-friendly Point 2 View is perfectly at home with younger learners. Shapes, measurements, colors, picture books, parts of speech – most everything can come alive with projected real-time video.

Here’s something that’s totally out-of-the-box (literally) — a LEGO stop-motion art project. How much fun would that be to involve everyone with such an ambitious undertaking?

But don’t think that the Point 2 View is just for our youngest learners. Here, some serious stuff is being projected and collaborated upon with a doc cam and MS OneNote:

And on the topic of pairing doc cams with other technology, check out this innovator who used a GoPro camera with WiFi and mirroring software to project his work.

Of course, using doc cams can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Let’s get back down to basics by sharing the simple written page for everyone’s benefit:

And remember: whether it’s the $69 Point 2 View USB Doc Cam or the $159 iZiggi-HD Wireless Doc Cam, educators are the real difference-makers. Technology, like other tools, just helps you do your thing!

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

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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 cs@ipevo.com.

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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The Ziggi-HD Doc Cam – Helping Get the Bad Guys

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-16

How is the Ziggi-HD USB Document Camera helping police put criminals behind bars? Ask Paul Crowley, president and founder of Infinadyne. Infinadyne is a Davenport, Iowa-based software company that specializes in retrieving data from discs. This crucial evidence might just make the difference in a criminal investigation.

The company’s CD/DVD Inspector software has a proven method for collecting the data from the discs themselves. But when 50 or 100 discs (or more) are gathered into evidence, it’s a big time-waster for a person to manually check each disc for potential incriminating evidence. Talk about a boring job! So, Infinadyne developed several robotic collection machines integrated with their software to automate that process.

“The 50-disc problem is a huge issue in law enforcement,” explained Paul. “All of the evidence may be on a CD or DVD but it goes unexamined because the manpower to examine the discs isn’t available. In this way a robotic system makes the difference between a conviction and nothing.”

A final important part of the forensics process is to properly capture and catalogue an image from the top of the discs. And it’s here where the Ziggi-HD doc cam went to work for Infinadyne.

“We work with a number of different machines for automating this collection and have been using our own cameras for this purpose,” said Paul. “Our cameras need some kind of support arm when standing out in the open like these machines are set up, so the IPEVO Ziggi-HD camera was mentioned as a possible alternative. And it looks like it is going to be very good for this purpose.”

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In addition to Ziggi-HD’s swing-arm, Paul also mentioned the 5 Megapixels resolution of the camera as a key factor in choosing the Ziggi-HD.

“With the Ziggi-HD being a 5MP camera we are getting a huge number of pixels for the disc surface which makes for a very clear image,” said Paul. “These pictures are used by law enforcement for documenting seized evidence, so having a clear picture is very important.”

Getting a focused and properly exposed disc image – as well as identifying and isolating the disc itself within the image – required some ingenuity on the part of Infinadyne’s engineers. A calibration target is used on top of the discs, and Ziggi-HD’s real-time video is used for the calibration process. Ziggi-HD’s Single focus mode is key for getting proper focus, and some other tweaks are done to the brightness and color saturation. Frames are then grabbed from Ziggi-HD’s video and filed with the software.

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So far, Ziggi-HD is being integrated with three of Infinadyne’s collection machines: the ADR AG, the LSK and the Nimbie. IPEVO continues to work with Paul and his team to ensure the camera works as seamlessly as possible for Infinadyne’s purposes.

We’re very pleased that Paul and Infinadyne have found yet another smart use for the Ziggi-HD USB Document Camera. Please visit Infinadyne’s site and check out the data retrieval products they offer for both consumers and forensics professionals.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Ziggi-HD Doc Cam — A Race Car Engineer’s Best Friend

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks, Ziggi) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-05-14

Azizi Tucker from California has a dream job: he designs and engineers race cars. But don’t be fooled: it takes endless hours of hard work to create custom-designed pieces of art on four wheels. Recently, Azizi shared the behind-the-scenes secrets of bringing one of his race cars to life. And it involves the Ziggi-HD Document Camera — another fine-tuned piece of art, if we do say so ourselves.

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Azizi often deals with one-of-a-kind models, leading to a real scavenger hunt of car parts from multiple manufacturers. The time and money involved in buying dozens of similar parts and seeing if they fit was an investment Azizi couldn’t afford to make. Instead, he used Ziggi-HD in a way we never anticipated.

Using Ziggi-HD’s high-def camera, swing-arm and swiveling head, Azizi captured every aspect of the potential part he needed. He then exported that image into Solidworks, a 3D design program. This allowed him to calculate, resize and create the piece — cheaply and quickly — with a 3D printer. After some trial and error installing these prototypes, he knew exactly what he needed, and he ordered the precise part from the manufacturer. Pretty cool, huh?

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But the fun doesn’t stop there. Azizi also needed a clutch alignment tool. This small tool is only needed once every couple of years, so it tends to get lost in the garage. Azizi could have ordered it, but he had a better idea. He used Ziggi-HD to capture the clutch —going so far as to use a mirror to ensure the camera was perfectly square to the tabletop. How’s that for ingenuity? He then 3D-printed the tool from the image.

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Last but not least, Ziggi-HD was used a bit like a microscope when it came time to solder two tubes for the chassis of the car. Such soldering needs to be very precise. By focusing in to the soldering “scar,” Azizi and his workers could ensure the work was up to their high standards.

What a ride. Azizi’s clever use of Ziggi-HD proves that doc cams are perfectly at home in the garage. So what do you say — care to take the Ziggi-HD Document Camera out for a spin?

6 Real Stories from Real Users of IPEVO Document Cameras

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-05-12

Every day, IPEVO Document Cameras like the Point 2 View or Ziggi-HD give real people a chance to collaborate, share work, and present material. Here are 6 of those stories.

1. Nathan’s Story

Nathan at EightShapes struggled with sharing sketches remotely between members of his design team. Dropbox and emailing ground the meeting to a halt, and trying to use Facetime on iPhone resulted in shifting focus and grainy video quality. That changed when he found an IPEVO Doc Cam.

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“The camera works great for 2-3 designers sketching at their real desks on an ad-hoc basis. Just as well, the camera is perfect for the head of a conference room table so a  larger group of 5 to 10 people can take turns projecting their sketches onto the wall locally while also beaming the same image through a GoToMeeting or Skype session remotely.”

Nathan shares his story at: http://www.eightshapes.com

2. Kailen’s Story

Kailen participated in the CO+HOOTS Sketch/Design workshop featuring about 30 designers, developers, students and project managers. The IPEVO Point 2 View was a key part of this unique collaboration.

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“We covered the concepts of *pen before pixel*, IPEVO document camera presentations, paper prototype techniques, and rapid ideation. The session, which produced a TON of great ideas from all the participants, was all about sketching, collaborating and ideating.”

See and read more from Kailen at: http://29thdrive.com/blog/cohoots-sketchdesign-workshop-last-week/

3. Hal’s Story

Hal experimented with a usability study for a mobile app. The IPEVO Ziggi-HD Doc Cam was used to share the phone and app. Hal describes a clever compromise for presenting the phone while still being able to operate it for the test:

“The phone had to be under the camera for recording and video transmission to the observers’ room. But the participants had to be able to use it as naturally as possible. Here’s the compromise: It’s sitting on an inverted clipboard, which tilts it at a reasonable angle for viewing by the participant. The clipboard is held in place by gaffer’s tape, and there’s a tape loop holding the phone in place.”

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Read about Hal’s full setup at: http://usabilitylessons.com/category/mobile-testing/

4. Brenden’s Story

Similar to Hal, Brenden put together a handy guide for running live user testing for phone apps. He describes how it’s important to capture not just the phone app, but how the person uses the app:

“We were testing a mobile app, so it was important to record the user actually using the app. Although you can do this by plugging the app in and watching a screencast on the computer, it’s much better to actually see them touching their phone. We purchased a $100 camera for this [the Ziggi-HD Doc Cam], and it’s well worth the investment.”

View Brenden’s full user testing guide at: http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/18/how-to-run-live-user-testing-part-1-setup/

5. Michael’s Story

Michael from Konigi posted a thorough review of the Ziggi-HD Doc Cam, which he has used successfully to share sketches and more between remote members of his design and development teams. He had almost given up trying to share sketches before he stumbled upon Ziggi-HD.

“Overall, I’m really pleased to have this as one of the few tools in my design arsenal. There are few that stay, but this one is turning out to be as useful as I’d hope it to be with little fuss.”

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Read Michael’s full review at: http://konigi.com/tools/submissions/ipevo-ziggi-review

6. Kevin’s Story

Kevin on A List Apart has a nice article about “honestly” in design — and for him, it begins with good ol’ pen sketches on paper. And the best way he found to share those sketches quickly and easily with remote clients? You guessed it: an IPEVO Doc Cam.

“None of our customers are in Scottsdale, so we use the IPEVO document camera to screen-share big, easy-to-read sketches (created in real time or in advance). IPEVO has a fixed focus mode so that when your hand enters the frame, the camera’s focus remains fixed on the paper. You can’t do this effortlessly with a webcam.”

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Read Kevin’s full article at: http://alistapart.com/article/material-honesty-on-the-web

Finally, UIE put together a great list of 5 reasons for design teams to use an IPEVO Doc Cam:

Why You Need the IPEVO Document Camera:

  • Share your design ideas and sketches with remote teams to ensure everyone is on the same page
  • Document individual sketches during design studios to a digital file for easy access in the future
  • Project sketches to large audiences to convey your designs
  • Get everyone participating and working together saving time and increasing productivity
  • Conduct usability tests remotely while letting the team back in the office watch

Do you have your own IPEVO Doc Cam experience to share? Please let us know!

11 Ways to Light Your Doc Cam Subject

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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

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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.

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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.
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IPEVO’s Back to School Special, Part 1

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-08-26

Back to School

Summer’s about over, and that means school’s ready to begin. If you’re a parent or a teacher, you probably have lots of items on your back-to-school list, and we’d like to remind you that IPEVO has a choice selection of highly useful, highly affordable tech products and accessories that will help start the year off right. Here are some of the highlights:

Save hundreds of dollars — literally
Before you buy that $600 document camera or $1000 interactive whiteboard on another website, check out our home page and see if you can accomplish most or all of the same things at just a fraction of the price. We know money can be tight this time of year, and IPEVO is all about stretching your dollar and making your school budget work harder.

New items, just in time for school!
We have three new products slated for September release that we’re excited to share. The IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System turns any screen or blank wall into an interactive whiteboard.

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The VZ-1 HD VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera continues the IPEVO doc cam tradition of sharing documents quickly and easily, and comes with the ability to directly connect to your VGA projector.

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And the Height Extension Stand for Ziggi-HD gives the Ziggi doc cam a height boost so you can capture larger documents easier than ever before. Please, check them out! We know you’ll find multiple uses for each of them in your classroom.

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Point 2 View is the king of back to school
One particularly hot seller continues to be our iconic Point 2 View USB Document Camera. There are literally hundreds of uses for this document camera in the classroom, and that’s not an exaggeration. Several accessories have been developed around the Point 2 View for even more versatility.

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This includes the Magnifying Lens as well as the Microscope Adapter Set, both of which are quite popular with science teachers.

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Part 2 of our Back to School Special is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned for even more.

10 Great Classroom Activities Using iPad & Doc Cams

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, WS-01, education) by ipevoblog on 2013-05-09

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What Can Your Class Do with the Wireless Station? There are numerous options for teachers looking to invigorate their curriculum and get their students (re)engaged and inspired. Let’s take a look at what’s possible when you pair a document camera with multiple iPads.

For the uninitiated, doc cams capture printed documents and 3D objects. What you do with that video is where it starts to get interesting. Sure, you can project the image onto a large screen for teaching sessions, but what happens when you stream it to multiple iPads at the same time? Memorable, effective, and just plain fun activities, that’s what!

Here are ideas for some K-12 subjects to get your mind turning with all the possibilities:
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1. Word Problems: Position a word problem under the doc cam, and stream it to groups of students. Each group discusses and collaborates on the best way to solve the word problem. Groups then share and compare their answers. You can write out the best solution for everyone to see when each group has had a chance to share.

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2. Pattern Blocks: A fun yet educational exercise for younger kids involves pattern blocks and tangrams. Show patterns with the doc cam. Groups must complete the patterns correctly with their blocks.

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3. Fictionary: Why not have some word game fun as a reward or just as a break in between regular lessons? One of the most fun is Fictionary, which you can play in groups. Find an obscure word in the dictionary and write it under the doc cam. The groups must come up with definitions for that word. Write down each “fake” definition along with the real definition. The groups then have to guess which definition fits the word. Points are scored both for correct answers and for how many times groups guess your fake definition. It’s a lot of fun!

4. Picture Books: For the younger crowd, reading picture books to the class can really be enhanced when another copy of the book is placed under the doc cam. Students can follow along on several iPads mounted throughout the class. Kids will love being able to follow along and see the artwork as you read.

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5. Dissection: Frog dissection is one of those iconic science class events. You can share your dissection with the class so they get a better understanding of how to conduct their own dissection (or when there aren’t enough specimens to go around). The same is true for labs and demonstrations of all kinds. Keep in mind there are a lot of great video tutorial apps for experiments and dissections.

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6. Electrical Circuits: Give groups the tools they need to make simple electrical circuits. Provide instructions and diagrams with your doc cam, and then have each group create their own circuit — to light a light bulb, for one example — using batteries, wire, circuit boards and switches.
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7. Geography: Share blank maps with groups using the doc cam. Students must fill out the maps (country names, capital cities, names of rivers and other natural features, etc.). Share and compare the answers at the end. You can add a little competition to the mix with a “Geography Bee”-style elimination.

8. Mystery Object: Bring in one or more actual objects from the past — an arrowhead, a uniform patch from World War II, a newspaper article about a famous event — and stream it to everyone’s iPad so they get an up-close view. Ask students to guess the object’s period, function, importance, and more. This is a great visual lead-in to a lesson.

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9. Share Your Technique: Three to five iPads, when properly distributed, is the perfect amount to give smaller classes a “front row” view of your own artspace when you share brush techniques, drawing methods, collage construction, etc. A close-up tablet view can sometimes be better than a single large projection screen, particularly for fine detail work. Now everybody can see what you’re doing without physically crowding around.

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10. Camera Tour: For lessons in digital photography, take students through a detailed walkthrough of the actual camera itself and all of its buttons, menus and functions. Students can learn by doing and follow the video stream of your camera tutorial with their own cameras.

To pull this setup off, consider pairing the iPads with two inexpensive products from IPEVO: the Ziggi-HD USB Document Camera and the WS-01 Wireless Station.The setup’s pretty straightforward, and with just one WS-01, you can stream 2 or 3 iPads simultaneously at 1600 x 1200 resolution, or up to 5 iPads at 1024 x 768 resolution (which is still very good).

The possibilities are endless, so “get your hands dirty” and give it a shot. Chances are you’ll develop a unique activity that works for you and your class.

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Gather up (and do more) with IPEVO Wireless Station and iPad

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, PRODUCT, WS-01) by ipevoblog on 2013-04-17

Brainstorming Sudoku with the whole family

Spending time with children is always the best way to encourage them to read, write, or learn. Traditionally, this would be done by sitting next to them and share the material as well as intimacy (which is good), but thanks to iPad and all the wireless technology, doing the work together can be easily joined by many more!

For example, brainstorming Sudoku with the whole family by projecting the Sudoku grid on to TV using IPEVO WS-01 and USB document cam (Ziggi or P2V). The fun always gets multiplied when the crowd joins.

With the help of Apple TV Airplay, the image feed and Whiteboard changes can be projected onto the big screen

Check out the WS-01 page for more information on how to unlock the true potential of your document cam and iPad with the Wireless Station.