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    Visualiser

    Has anyone got one of these or heard anything about them?
    Visualiser At Low Prices. What is the best Visualiser?

    Are they any good?

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    We have a couple. Think of an old OHP with a camera and a few more functions.

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    our science dept wanted one, and they got a trial from a few manufacturers products, but after a month trial they decided against purcashing them, as they decided they werent up to much.

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    Yeah we've got a load here, they're pretty nifty, its basically a video camera on a stand, but you can link it straight to projector/through a laptop to display things and they can record too

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    Got one from Tescos - OHP+ is quite a good summary.

    None of the teachers can be arsed to use it .

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    So, worth the money or not, do you think?

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    Our science and English departments have a load of Avermedia visualizers.
    Easy to set up, haven't had any problems with them.

    Science department also bought an add-on for some of theirs which lets them view down a microscope with them
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    If you get a mini one it can be transported fairly easily - best value imo

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    We have quite a few, a mix of cheap £250 Avermedia ones and some expensine £800 Geneecom ones. The Geneecom ones are a lot better, but the staff are also happy with the Avermedia ones.
    Get used a lot, we have moved some though from teachers who weren't bothered about them to teachers who are keen to use them.
    Personally, I would get one demo unit and get various staff to try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Has anyone got one of these or heard anything about them?
    They are webcams-ona-stick. You can get the same effect with a webcam, science department retort stand and a selection of rubber bands. Add a lightbox and swap the webcam for a camcorder for a swishier system. Has the advantage of being cheaper and you have a webcam / camcorder (and, hey, retort stand and rubber bands!) you can reuse.

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    We started off buying the Geenevision ones, but they haven't lasted brilliantly, and we werent that impressed, so now buy the avermedia ones, and have to say all the staff love them. We started off with enough for half the classes, but they were in such high demand that we had to buy enough to have 1 for each class!

    I would say they have been one of the few bits of technology that the staff themselves has pushed us to get more, rather than the usual having to persuade staff of the benefits and it slowly be adopted.

    We also lent one to 2 of the schools we suport, after a term's trial both schools now have 1 in every class room as well!

    Yes, they aren't much more than a good webcam on a stick, but they are worth the extra money for the fact they just work - press 1 button and you can show someones bit of work, or model or whatever to the whole class, press it again and you're back to your iwb.

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    I'd say the Avermedia one we have is alot more than a webcam, its zoom function is very impressive indeed, and it runs at a pretty high resolution. Connectivity is plentiful too. We have SEN and Science using them here.

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    Loads of them around Northants primary schools. Seen an Avermedia one today which was a mile ahead of anything else I've seen for its zoom ability and microphone. One school of mine has some horrible tacky red things (look like ladybirds, same colour scheme) which are ruddy awful and rather expensive.
    And the software used? On just about all of them so far it's Amcap which has been renamed. Dreadful.

    The critic in me is constantly screaming out "for gawds sake bring out the old OHPs!"

    They do apparently have their uses though and dont need transparencies, so there must be something in it. I will be the first to stand up and say out loud that they are extremely expensive pieces of equipment for a job that could be done for a matter of £20 and any video-taking equipment.

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    We have a Avermedia model - the science department use it quite extensively.

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    where quite good and got lots of use! Autofocuses and can put up with a lot of beatings.

    zoom, autofocus, and page turning all get used alot... along with the lamps.

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