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    Interactive Whiteboards Visualizers

    Been asked to look at Visualizers for our whitebaords....

    Last time I saw one it was about £1000, it was fantastic but we did not really need it at the time.
    I have now been told they are around £300 !! Is this true ?
    Can anyone give me some experiences of such devices. Good and bad.
    Thanking you in advance...

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    They're defo around the £300 or less mark. Tried to order one but ran out of money . My "mother in law" has one at her school and she loves it...

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    It depends on what features you are after we have a genee 6100 as it allows us to run a monitor as wel as the projector with out haveing addition spliter boxes. see link

    Visualiser, Document Camera Genee Vision Visualizer by Interactive Education

    Jordan

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    We got 2 this year from the tesco rm vouchers.

    Avervision ones I think.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    We got 2 this year from the tesco rm vouchers.

    Avervision ones I think.

    Ben
    We've got one from the same source - it's one of the more basic ones. I trialled it, and it seemed fine but has since sat in the ICT store room as I can't get any of the teachers to use it. Might try using it next time they ask me to do something in a teaching staff or support learning staff meeting in the hope that its usage might be appreciated.

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    Our Science dept has just bought a coule of AverMedia ones for around £200. I haven't got them setup yet but the HoD saw a demo and says 'they're great' (in a Tony the tiger way ).

    HBJB

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    We have a AcerVision visualiser and the Science departments thinks it is great and will probably be buying some out of their own capitation next year.

    Here is some uses i've collected over the years for things you can do with a visualiser in school:

    Use of a visualiser

    -To show/share 'wet' and dry art work.
    -To show/share 3-D artwork.
    -To show/share/annotate children's writing/calculations.
    -To show/study an historical artefact.
    -To show/share/capture/annotate an historical document/map.
    -To observe minibeasts.
    -To model a technique such as how to use a ruler/protractor, how to form letters, how to join two pieces of wood, how to solder a circuit board, how to thread a needle etc.
    -To capture texts/books to make into 'big' books in IWB software (modify or remove text in, say, ORT reading books to make rub and reveal activities, write your own text etc). Add speech bubbles/thought bubbles to characters in reading books.
    -Use it as a webcam and hold a video conference with it.
    -Use it to take snapshots/captures that you then make into an animation with 2Animate or Photostory3.
    -Look in detail at a leaf/bread/skin etc.
    -Look inside a child's mouth.
    -Look at a shell/fircone/flower.
    -Quickly display a child's individual whiteboard.
    -Whilst doing register, share the thing a kid has brought in to 'show' the class (swimming certificate etc).
    -To prepare fabulous IWB resources that incorporate 'snapshots' from children's exercise books, text books, illustrations etc.
    * Sharing books with the whole class - saves photocopying lots of sheets, or having to hunt down big books.
    * Sharing children's work - at the end of an activity - highlighting strengths and suggesting possible improvements. We do this a lot and the children really like to see their work up on the big screen.
    * Modelling - allows you to demonstrate close-up skills easily to the whole class.

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    just got 4 (2 for high school and 2 for primary) on a 4week trial from Lamphouse, if i remember correctly were trying two different models priced at £270ish and £325

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    Quote Originally Posted by YorkshireTechie View Post
    just got 4 (2 for high school and 2 for primary) on a 4week trial from Lamphouse, if i remember correctly were trying two different models priced at £270ish and £325
    It was lamphouse I purchased ours from.

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    we have a few genee visions, work really well although we had one go faulty I think we got it repaired under the warranty. used loads in science to show experiments, english and goegraphy to show kids work and pictures in books (yes, remember books!) the head can be tilted to be used as a low res camera. I would like to try a usb microscope, for about £50 would hopefuly have the same functionality without the mess of wires that you get with a visualiser has any one else had a go with these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Been asked to look at Visualizers for our whitebaords
    Couldn't you just get everyone a webcam and maybe a small tripod?

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    We've just thought about a vid cam on a tripod. Just over £100 for vid cam and then add a cheap tripod. Choose one with vid out and it should be OK.

    We'll be trying this with the art dept soon.

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    Avervision models at £250 have been available for last 12-18mnths.

    This years models (still £250) come with lights (needed if projector is going dim and teacher needs to dim main class lights)

    IMO these are a MUST HAVE in any classroom with interactive board and projector and are the first thing I suggest when a head says they've got some money to spend

    When they were £1000 - they were too expensive and I too jury rigged a 320x240 webcam - didn't work very well

    At £250 for a device that has plugs/sockets/USB connection to capture images/software to use it/zoom dial/ auto focus/freeze image/simple switch between computer/camera, etc etc - its not worth mucking about

    just get them - they are the proverbial canine spherical objects for teaching

    Even the most ICT agnostic teacher loves them

    regards

    Simon

    PS for anyone with older models - you can plug in a LED light module for around £60 - but maybe an anglepoise lamp at £10 might be better value

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    TTS are brining out a Visuliser in April - 74.99! or a 6 pack for 399.
    Sounds rather cheep to be honest, but then it is just a camera on a stick!

    Specification includes:

    • Bendy Gooseneck
    • 5 x optical zoom
    • 1.3MP Digital Images
    • Video Capture
    • Built in Light


    TTS - Primary Visualiser

    I'd be interested to try one of these. Hopefully its not another DigiBlue.

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    That just a webcam on a stick

    The BIG advantage(s) of a real device is that is doesn't rely on a computer to work - they feed the projector direct.

    This gives you automatic teaching resource backup - most (young ones - us oldies remember slates - rock - not wireless ) here will have gone through school with teachers teaching them using OHPs so you know that it works

    Honest, if I was in charge of IT, I'd put one in every class in the country that's got a projector!

    The're the school IT equivalent of sliced bread/air-con in cars/ running water

    regards
    Simon
    PS did I mention how useful they are?

    Installed 3 last week, doing 3 next week - up to about 40% class coverage across my schools.

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