Helping Visually Impaired Students with the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System

Previously, we covered some classroom solutions using IPEVO doc cams for visually impaired students. In this entry, we’ll explain how to use the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System for the same purpose. The IS-01 setup is a little more complicated but it comes with a couple benefits, including real-time annotation of your material. This setup is also beneficial to students who might have trouble seeing marker lines on your conventional whiteboard.

To quickly summarize, IS-01 turns your existing whiteboard or flat surface into an interactive whiteboard. It does this by capturing movements you make with an Interactive Pen, and then translating those movements into mouse clicks and cursor movements. In this way, your computer’s operating system and most software applications can be controlled remotely at the board. This is great for anything from learning games to presentations and beyond.

For this setup, you’ll need IS-01, a laptop, a monitor, a classroom projector and the IPEVO Annotator software which you can download for free. Here are the steps:

1. Connect the IS-01 Sensor Cam and make sure it has a clear view of your whiteboard surface.

2. Run the IS-01 calibration app from the CD. In a couple of steps, you’ll ensure your IS-01 is operating accurately.

3. Run IPEVO Annotator. Annotations like text boxes, lines, shapes and highlights will appear on screen in real time to enhance and clarify your lesson.

4. Finally, use a VGA splitter cable to split the signal from the computer. Connect it to both your projector and to an extra monitor for your student.

5. Your material as well as real-time annotations will appear on your visually impaired student’s monitor as well as the whiteboard surface for the rest of the class. Pretty cool, huh? But keep in mind that your physical gestures at the board won’t be represented on the student’s screen.

We hope either a doc cam or IS-01 solution (or both) can work in your classroom to accommodate the needs of your visually impaired students. If you have questions on any of these setups, don’t hesitate to email cs@ipevo.com for help and suggestions. And if you do use one of these solutions, we’d love to hear about it! Until then, good luck and have fun.

Check out Solutions for Visually Impaired Students video on Youtube:

http://youtu.be/LVv-fw1T3pY