IPEVO Ziggi-HD Plus Product Review

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DEVICE: IPEVO Ziggi-HD Plus Document Camera

COST: $99.00 (plus tax and shipping if applicable)

INTERFACE: USB

POSITIVE:

Cost: While staying just below the $100 price tag, this document camera is very appealing when compared to competitors products.  Schools can afford to outfit multiple classrooms with document cameras for the cost of one of the competition’s models.

Clarity: IPEVO has made a large step in picture quality with this edition of the Ziggi Document Camera Series.  Featuring an 8 Megapixel lens, a max resolution of 3264 x 2448, 12x digital zoom, and a streaming rate of 30 fps, make this the best document camera IPEVO has released.

Footprint:  The Ziggi-HD Plus takes up very little space on your desk.  The base is roughly the size of a smartphone.  The neck articulates and folds up if you want to put it away or take it with you to a presentation.

Ease-of-use:  The included software is simple and straight forward.  Teachers can be up and running with this device in their classroom in under 10 minutes or less (depending on install time.) IPEVO provides their Presenter Software, which has many different options for teachers when using one of their document cameras.  Teachers are able to zoom, split screen, and adjust white balance from inside the software.  This allows the camera to stay on the desk while the teacher is up at the board.

NEGATIVE:

Connection: The Ziggi-HD Plus is USB only so it must be run through a computer.  While this is listed as a negative, it is really a trade off for the small footprint and low-cost.  IPEVO offers other models of document cameras, specifically the VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual Mode Document Camera that can be run directly to a projector if desired.

 

IPEVO Document Camera Comparison Chart

 

GoNoodle: Brain Breaks, Relaxation, And More For Your Class!

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WHO: Teachers looking for ways to keep students focused throughout the school day using brain breaks and more.

HOW: Sign up for an account at www.gonoodle.com, create a class, and get started!  Teachers choose a champion for the class, and the more videos that have been viewed make the champ stronger.

WHEN: The videos at GoNoodle are great to start each day, or even each class.  There are videos to help student relax before taking tests, and others to help refocus energy when students start getting restless.

 

Here is an introduction video about GoNoodle:

Winter Around The World – Collaboration Project For All Ages!

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WHO: Teachers interested in having their class participate in creating an ebook about winter.  Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller) is looking for classes to collaborate on creating an ebook full of stories, songs, poems, and illustrations about winter.

HOW: To participate, add your class to the list here, to add your classes creation, visit the Google Slides Presentation.  This project is for teachers, students, and schools all around the world and of all ages. Shannon has also included resources to help inspire your students to create stories, songs, poems, and illustrations. You can find more information and resources at https://tackk.com/sd4byj

WHEN: Deadline to have your class materials included in the Google Slides Presentation is December 7, 2015.  The story will be ready on December 12, 2015.

Project XQ: Calling For A Change To High School

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WHO: Teachers, Students, Community Members with an idea to change the way High School is structured to help the next generation be better prepared for the future. Description from XQ:

XQ: The Super School Project

The Super School Project is an open call to reimagine and design the next American high school. In towns and cities far and wide, teams will unite and take on this important work of our time: Rethinking and building schools that deeply prepare our students for the rigorous challenges of college, jobs, and life.

This is a challenge to empower all of America to change high school. Together, we can transform communities and build schools that inspire new possibilities.

Over the next few months, we will accept your proposals. Then we’ll partner with the winning teams and provide them expert support and a fund of $50 million to support at least five schools over the next five years to turn their ideas into real Super Schools.

HOW: Register at http://xqsuperschool.org/, submit your ideas, meet others in your area to share with.

WHEN:

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Triventy: Interactive Quizzes For Classroom Or Events

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WHO: Teachers looking to engage students with classroom content in an interactive and engaging atmosphere.

HOW: Create an account at http://www.triventy.com/, create a quiz, and play with students.  While making a quiz, the teacher can add a quiz image as well as individual question images.  Teachers also have options for how long each question is given (5-60 seconds), making the quiz public, posting top 3 players during game, and sharing via social media after quiz completion. When making questions, teachers can invite others to create the quiz with them (great for student collaboration), and enter hints and “Did you know…” facts. Teachers can also make a question a “survey question” for in class polling.

WHEN: Triventy is a good option to end class for the day or week.  Students will be engaged during the quiz and enjoy competing against their classmates.

 

The downside to Triventy is that it does not collect quiz results for the teacher to use later.  This could be a great formative assessment tool if this feature were added.  It is not the perfect tool for class, but it is a fun change of pace.

Matific: Interactive Practice And Games For K-6 Math

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WHO: Teachers looking for math practice that grabs students attention and keeps them engaged.

HOW: Teachers create an account at www.matific.com, create a class, and assign content to students. Content can be lessons (along with teacher guides) and activities.  Matific will collect data from the students, and even compiles reports to be sent home to parents.  Teachers can search through activities based on standards, curriculum, or book. By default, all activities are open to the class, but the teacher can lock all activities to control what students are working on.

WHEN: Matific is ideal for in class activities, flipped classroom, extended lessons, and more!

Here is an introduction from Matific on how to add activities to classes:

Class Charts: Seating Plans And Classroom Management

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital classroom management along with a great tool for creating seating charts.

HOW: Teachers create an account, set up their classes, and get started.  Teachers can manually create seating charts, or allow Class Charts to randomize.  After putting in the students and setting up the seating chart, the teacher selects to “start class”.  While the class is in sessoin, the teacher has many options.  They can rearrange the seating chart,  toggle the view (hide points by names if screen is being projected), and select positive/negative feedback for behaviors.  Class Charts also helps to track attendence, as well as analytics for classroom behavior.  Individualized reports are great for Parent-Teacher conferences.

WHEN: This tool is great for classroom management.

Here is a view of the reporting tool:

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What’s Due: Keeping Students And Parents Connected With Due Dates

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WHO: Teachers who would like an easy way to keep parents and students informed on due dates.

HOW: Teachers visit http://whatsdueapp.com/, create an account, and classes.  Each class is given a unique code to allow students to sign up.  Students/Parents download the What’s Due App from the App Store or Google Play, and view what assignments are coming due.  Users also receive push notifications the day before something is due as a reminder.

The teacher interface is really simple.  After creating a course, the teacher selects “Add Assignment” and enters in the details. Here is what it looks like:

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WHEN:  What’s Due is great to use at the end of each class, during planning periods, or at the end of each school day.

 

Sign up an account at: admin.whatsdueapp.com/referral/1203

Photos For Class: Creative Commons Licensed Pictures With Attributes On Image

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WHO: Teachers looking for a way to help students find pictures with proper attributes and appropriate for class.

HOW:  Visit http://photosforclass.com/, type in what you are looking for in the search box, and download the picture of your choosing.  The picture will download with attributes at the bottom.  Pictures come from Flickr with a G-rating and Creative Commons licensing.

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WHEN: This is great for any projects your students may do.  It can be very difficult to find proper pictures in class, but Photos for Class is there to help.

Outwhiz: Quality, Engaging, Math And English Practice With Rewards

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WHO: Teachers, Parents, and Students looking for a way to practice math and english while earning rewards for their work!

HOW: Parents/Students can sign up on their own, or teachers can create classes and invite students to join.  Teachers are then able to assign specific topics that are Common Core aligned, and view Leaderboards and Student Progress.  As students practice, they are rewarded with badges, points and coins.  Along the way, students are also given goals, such as answering a certain amount in a row correct. Students earn points for their math and english practice, and parents reward their students with coins.  In order for parents to give coins, they must have a paid subscription.  Students can then turn in the points and coins for items such as gift cards.

WHEN:  Outwhiz works for in-class practice, enrichment time, additional assistance, or supplemental work.

First and foremost, this activity allows students additional practice of skills in math and english.  Outwhiz also hits on the competitive nature of students by using leaderboards, and also keeps students engaged with badges and rewards.

Here is the break down of free/paid subscriptions:

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