April 28, 2014

eBeam Tools

Today we wanted to share with you one of the ways that eBeam can be used which may not be main stream but is innovative.

 

Recently we signed a new client that was looking for a way to improve their trade show demonstrations.  The company Origo Education has a suite of educational programs that are centered around math instruction.  During their trade shows they have a large TV/Monitor connected to their MAC laptop and they walk teachers through the product.

 

 

In previous shows they would rent a touchscreen monitor (at a considerable cost) in their booth.  Their challenge was the cost and logistics.  Either renting or shipping this VERY EXPENSIVE monitor created a problem in getting it from one location to another along with the potential damage and repair or replacement.

 

By using eBeam Edge and the LCD Mounting Bracket they are now able to convert any TV or Monitor into a “touch screen” unit by using the wireless pen/stylus.  The eBeam Edge can be packed neatly in the available carrying case and taken from show to show.  They now only need to have a standard TV/Monitor during the show which allows them to save considerable money over the previous set up.

 

Another idea would be to provide the TV used during the show as a giveaway.  With the availability of very low cost large screen units they could potentially save on shipping and handling costs by purchasing a one at each show location.  And what a great giveaway to the show participants.

 

So, if you are active in trade shows and utilize a TV or large monitor, consider eBeam Edge as a tool to use for showing your program or tools.

 

eBeam Edge converts TVs, Monitors, Whiteboards, Drywall, Glass Walls, table tops into an interactive environment.  Virtually any hard and flat surface that you can project or show your desk top onto can be converted to an interactive space.

 

See the eBeam products at www.eBeamRocks.com

April 23, 2014

Introducing Equil Jot Smartpen

Now use your regular paper and capture all of your notes, drawings, doodles, world domination strategies directly to your:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • MAC computer
  • Windows computer

With a simple Bluetooth interface what you put on the paper shows up immediately on your device.  The device software is free on the iTunes Store and the Windows software is available from a link on our product page.

Once you have the captured notes and drawings then you can

  • Edit, Add, Erase
  • Change colors (Sketch Program Only)
  • Add pictures
  • Save them to PDFs
  • Upload to iCloud and Dropbox
  • Email them to the world.

No longer do you have to only take images of your notes.  No longer do you have to keep your ideas locked away on your paper.  Use any paper you want (up to 9.5" x 13").

This is some seriously cool hardware that will change the way your write and talk.

 

Check out the Equil Jot Smart Pen at www.eBeamRocks.com

April 23, 2014

Educational Tech On A Budget

Technology Is Essential –

This goes kind of without saying.  With the constant innovations being brought to the market it is imperative for teachers to keep up.  The idea that a teacher can continue to use the blackboard, chalk and slides is outdated.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I love teachers and understand the passion that they must have to put up with children, parents and administrators.  It is part coach, counselor, therapist, warden and parent all wrapped up in one package.  That said, it is also just as important for the teacher to keep up on tools, ideas, techniques for their profession as it is for the doctor or lawyer to keep up with diseases and court rulings.  You can’t stay in the past.
 
So, when the budget is tight and money needs to be spent fixing the building or adding on, what do you do?  Here are a few ideas we pulled from a recent post by Dawn Casey-Rowe an Author at Edudemic, an online resource for education and technology.
 

Let Them BYOD

They will know how to use it and they will take care of it better. Imagine if you were sitting at home working, and someone came in, took your phone, your laptop, and tablet, and replaced them with a type you don’t use. It’s disorienting. Students and teachers are more comfortable using the devices they love.
Purchase Carefully
Tech purchasing comes from top-down. It’s important to be on the front lines when choosing technology. Sometimes a school-wide platform is necessary and helpful, as with electronic gradebooks, home-school communication platforms, or learning management systems. But for the rest, ask, “Will students use this? Will they look forward to using this or will it be a burden? Does it fill some need or make life easier?” Ask. The answers are sometimes surprising.
Stream
Amazon Prime and Netflix have tons of documentaries and shows that support curricula. Before these were unblocked, if I wanted to show a documentary to my class, I had to buy it. Now I can rely on my Prime, and show ten minutes or so to underscore my point. In addition to this, I love TEDx speeches. They help me teach public speaking and content simultaneously. Students love them, and they’re free.
Bring Tech To The Students
Computer labs are important, but they often come with challenges. They’re expensive, and research is showing that tech in the class saves time and money, increasing productivity. Teachers don’t have to compete for valuable lab time and expensive machines aren’t sitting unused. We’re used to technology integrating into our lives. It must be the same way in schools. Allowing students to use their own devices or having a group for the class to share is less expensive than wasted labs in the long run.
 

Go Paperless

I was at a large tech company and needed to print a boarding pass. There was no easily accessible printer. I joked, “This reminds me of schools…printers are broken or out of ink.” Then I realized the truth – printing is so 20th century. It’s rarely necessary anymore, if you stop and think about it.  Once tech is fully integrated we won’t need to print much. We’ll google-share, take polls on Socrative, use Learnist instead of books, and crowdsource projects. Killing rainforests will be a thing of the past. These resources on web tools and apps help me think about reducing paper and clutter one piece at a time.
 

Great Ideas!

But there are also tools and programs that can help with the integration of technology in your classroom.
 
eBeam by Luidia –

Yes this is self promoting but you were expecting that right?  eBeam takes advantage of your existing assets (whiteboard, projector, computer) and allows you to bring interactivity to the class at a reasonable cost.  By adding the eBeam receiver to your whiteboard or wall you also don’t have to give up valuable whiteboard space to a static piece of equipment (i.e. Smartboard).


eBeam Connect –

This is perfect for pulling students and teachers together to share, everything.  Based in the cloud Connect allows you to post and share documents, assign documents to groups where they can work on them together using their own device (See BYOD).  Currently this service is free while it’s in Beta phase.  It will move to a subscription based model which will then be available on an annual basis.


You can see all of the great eBeam products at www.ebeamrocks.com.

April 07, 2014

Just Imagine What You Could Do With -

An Unlimited Number of Whiteboard Screens

 

The trouble with whiteboards is they are one dimensional.  One surface, very flat and limited to their edges.  Once you write your stuff on them it’s locked in, can’t move, can’t be easily transported and shared.

Have you ever taken a picture of your whiteboard?  How difficult was it to see everything on it?  How many close ups did you need to take to get everything?  How hard was it to read?

Introducing – eBeam Scrapbook and Capture

Scrapbook and Capture are the programs that come with the eBeam products, eBeam Edge, eBeam Engage and eBeam Livewire.

Scrapbook works with a projected surface either with your projector or on a large TV, monitor or Big Screen.  It allows you to develop an unlimited number of whiteboard screens directly on your computer.  Draw, design, text, add pictures, insert graphs, web pages – it is truly a full service whiteboarding tool.  And when you are finished (of course you are never finished) you can save the file, send it as 9 different formats or share it with your group.

Capture works directly on your whiteboard without a projector or monitor.  EVERYTHING you write and draw is transferred immediately to your computer where you can save it.  After your finished on the whiteboard the software allows you to edit, add to, change and then save your work in up to 9 different formats.

Oh, and both of the programs allow you record your sessions in real time and you can conduct online meetings where you share the contents of each program with the participants.

So, check out Scrapbook and Capture and see how you can take your meetings to the next level.

Check out all of the eBeam Products at www.ebeamrocks.com

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March 27, 2014

eBeam Makes Great Things Even Better

I ran across this article on how IdeaPaint got started.  Another great college student(s) solve a problem and make a boat load of money at it.

 

But why to I bring this up?  Simple, if you were to add the eBeam product to this wall, all of that great artwork, plans, world domination schemes, details, flow charts, etc. etc. would be captured onto the computer.

 

Once there you can manipulate, change, delete, add, save and distribute the information.  You can even add pages to it after you're done so that the whiteboard work you are doing now becomes more of a dynamic growing document - how cool is that.

 

eBeam helps take a great idea and make it even better.

March 27, 2014

eBeam Engage Teachers First Time

Today I thought I would give you a real life note from one of our teachers that is using the Engage product.

This was the first installation in this school.  I was a little concerned about it because we installed it in their kindergarten classes - but after seeing this note I am convinced that even pre-schoolers could get a huge benefit from this.

Enjoy

Well, today was my first day using the E Beam and I just wanted to let you know what all I was able to do!!
 
Before school I opened up the Gallery and found the dominoes.  I was able to pull out 6 dominoes and line them up on the page.  Then I saved the page.  When it was time to do the activity I pulled the curtain over the dominoes and only showed one at a time.  The kids came up in pairs and sat on the floor.  I pulled the curtain back to show one domino and then the kids had to use a counting strategy we had practiced.  The first one to yell out the correct answer was the winner.  The only problem I had was that the pen started to write when I was pulling back the curtain but after that I was careful and that didn't happen again.  Whatever.....I'll figure that out.
 
We played two online math games---using the pen. 
 
I had trouble finding the "dice" this morning but I found them after lunch.  So at the end of the day we played a similar game using the dice.  I was able to used the little hand held thingie (she if referring to the Wireless Keyboard / Mouse) to roll the dice from the back of the room.  I know a child could have done that too, using the pen but I chose to roll myself when the players were ready.
 
During phonics I got the camera out and projected an image of a card showing spelling rules for the letters K and C.  The kids were able to see the card much better with my enlarging it.  Usually I just hold it up.  I did not try to save the image because I felt like I could get a better picture another time.  But I used the camera and projected the image so I felt successful with that. 
 
And finally, in the middle of naptime I brought out the timer and set it for 20 minutes.......the amount of time left and explained to the kids that the first number told them how many minutes were left.  They loved that and certainly kept their eyes on the timer.
 
Since it was raining and the kids didn't get to go outside I showed them a DVD of Curious George.  We used the sound from the E beam and it was GREAT!!!
We would love to hear from others that are using the eBeam products.  Tell us how you are using them and the successes or challenges that you are facing.
March 25, 2014

eBeam Home 2nd Time Around

Last week we introduced you to the Home Screen that is supplied with the Scrapbook program.

This week we have a short video to provide you with a little more about this little gem and what you can do with it.

Enjoy.

March 25, 2014

eBeam Scrapbook Tools Palette

It's a simple tool and yet it provides so much power to the work that you are doing.

Unlike many of the competitors, the eBeam Tools Palette is not anchored - YOU CAN MOVE IT - 

  • You can resize it
  • You can even change the opacity of it (how cool is that)

The Tools palette contains ALL of the drawing tools that you will generally use while at the board:

  • A Marker Pen tool - with 8 standard colors and the ability to change any of them to a custom color on the color wheel
  • A Text / Shapes tool - in this section you choose, by highlighting, which feature you want
  • On Screen keyboard or Hand Writing Recognition
  • Eraser tool
  • Pointer / Selector
  • Recorder / Snapshot / New Page
  • Zoom tool
  • Highlighter

We a short video we did that goes around the wheel and introduces each of the area - check it out.  We will get in more depth with each of the tools in future videos shortly.

March 24, 2014

Why eBeam?

eBeam makes interactive easy

Now Luidia produces innovative new products with eBeam. Our products are powerful, user-friendly and easy every step along the way, from box to board to interactivity.

Easy to use.

You can focus on the things that matter, like delivering a compelling lesson that captivates your students or hosting a meeting that lets everyone contribute, no matter where they happen to be.

Easy on the pocket.

Our intuitive solution doesn’t require professional installation reducing your overall costs. Even your shipping costs are low (most products ship FREE), thanks to our small form factor.

Easy to install.

You don’t need to be an IT specialist to get your eBeam system up and running. Our systems take just minutes to install.

Easy to deploy.

Unlike other interactive whiteboards, deploying an eBeam system is flexible and scalable. There are few barriers to installation and use, and practically no learning curve.

Easy to integrate.

eBeam systems are designed to adapt to your needs, bringing interactivity to your existing environment with relevant solutions that will work for you.

Easy to upgrade.

We realize that schools and businesses have limited budgets, so our solution leverages the equipment you already own, like computers, projectors and whiteboards. PLUS all of the software updates are Free to ALL users of the technology - including the New Version 3.0 due out in Spring 2014.

March 24, 2014

eBeam Edge SAVE $50 On Every Unit

Good Monday Morning - we hope you had a great relaxing weekend and are ready to get back to it.

eBeamRocks has recently relocated to Shopify and we are very excited about the new look and feel of our site.  In honor of this "reopening" we have a chance for you to save $50.00 on every Edge product that you purchase from us.  

Edge is the Award winning tool from eBeam that let's you create an interactive "whiteboard" surface within minutes.  All you need is:

  • A hard surface
  • Computer
  • Projector
  • Without the projector you will need to use the Capture Pack Accessory

That's it - and chances are you have several of those items already so your cost to get up and running is even lower.

Use Edge on ANY HARD SURFACE that you can project or show your desktop on.  You could use it on:

  • A whiteboard
  • A whiteboard painted wall
  • A painted drywall surface
  • A Glass Wall
  • A table (you will want a short throw projector for that)
  • A computer monitor (look at the LCD Bracket in eBeam Edge Accessories)
  • A big screen TV

Edge is very versatile in its use and ability to be used in lots of places.

To SAVE $50.00 on every Edge unit you only need to fill out our questionnaire,  We want to know a little about you and how you will use the unit - no worries - we won't share any of your information with anyone. There is NO LIMIT on the number of units that you can save the $50.00 on but it is only applicable to:

  • eBeam Edge USB
  • eBeam Edge Wireless
  • eBeam Edge Wireless with Battery Pack
  • eBeam Edge USB with Capture Pack
  • eBeam Edge Wireless with Capture Pack

 That's all you have to do - check it out.  We don't know how long we'll run this special so you don't want to procrastinate on this.