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Chromebook Solution

Published on Wednesday, 06 August 2014

HoverCam Provides Document Camera Solution for Chromebooks

Problem:  How do you use a document camera with a Chromebook that only has a USB port and can’t run traditional software programs?

Solution: HoverCam Solo 8 plugs into the USB port of Chromebooks and includes a web version of its software.

As more and more school districts deploy or plan to deploy Chromebooks, a stumbling-block has come up: How do you connect a document camera to a Chromebook?

Traditional document cameras have VGA or HDMI output connectors and can’t be connected to Chromebooks.  Newer document cameras may have USB out which can be connected to a Chromebook, but unless the document camera incorporates the right kind of video interface and has a web-based version of its software it won’t function with Chromebooks.

The HoverCam has a solution.

Our Solo 8 document camera has USB out and is engineered to output an uncompressed YUV video signal which is Chromebook compatible.  So, it’s easy to plug the HoverCam Solo 8 into the USB port of a Chromebook and to have an image appear on the Chromebook screen.  Furthermore, we have released a web-based version of our HoverCam Flex software called HoverCam FlexWeb, allowing users to control a HoverCam document camera and its functions via a standard Internet web browser.

Functions supported via a web browser using FlexWeb include taking snapshots, scanning, recording video, live zoom, panning, annotation and more.  To make the Chromebook and HoverCam combination wireless, simply connect Google’s Chromecast dongle to the HDMI input of a projector or large screen display.  Using Chromecast, the HoverCam’s camera image may be displayed without a cable from the Chromebook to the projector or flat screen.

HoverCam FlexWeb is available without charge to registered HoverCam customers and may be accessed from http://hovercamflex.com

Best Practices for Teaching Students to Use Apps with Solo 8

Published on Monday, 04 August 2014

New Method for Teaching Students and Training Teachers How To Use Education Apps

Problem: Many schools are increasing tablet deployments. Teachers and students require training on how to use education apps for the new tablets. What’s the best way to train them?

Solution: A high-resolution document camera with a 30 frame/second refresh rate allows teachers and students to be trained, both live and with instructional video recordings.

The explosion of mobile devices in schools has increased the need for app training. In the past, the most common equipment used for software instruction and training has been a computer and projector. But how do you project the image of a tablet or smartphone screen to the large screen so it can be seen by students?

HoverCam Solo 8 provides a new way.

Solo 8 is a USB 3.0 document camera with 8MP resolution and a 30 frame per second refresh rate so images are clearer and faster than a traditional document camera with lower resolution and a slower refresh rate. In fact, Solo 8 produces video images with 4K clarity. Moreover, the Solo 8 camera head can be pointed downwards to show crystal clear images of a tablet’s or smartphone’s screen.

As important as the clarity of the image for those being trained on a new app is seeing the hand movements and hand gestures of the instructor, helpful when learning how to use all the features of an app. Using the Solo 8, the instructors hand movements will be shown in full-motion video without any lag, delay or distraction, making it easier for the students to see exactly what the instructor is doing.

Alternatively, some schools use an app such as Reflector to stream a tablet image to a large screen display or use a “mirroring” app to show a device screen on a large screen.  However, Reflector and mirroring don’t allow students to see the instructor’s hand movements– and depending on the app, the hand movements could be important to understanding how to use the app.

Another important feature for app teachers and trainers is Solo 8’s ability to record. An instructor can quickly and easily record an instructional video demonstrating how to use an app and then share that video by uploading it or emailing it.  Since the Solo 8 records HD 1080p video at full-motion, 30 frames per second the instructional videos are clear.  This allows students who have missed the lesson to see it on-line at their convenience; it allows easy review for students who desire repetition; and could be part of a “flipped learning” approach to apps by having students look at the training video outside classroom time.

Schools are also finding the investment in Solo 8 worthwhile, measured in teacher and student satisfaction. To find out more, please visit www.thehovercam.com

Best Practices for Software Training using Solo 8

Published on Friday, 01 August 2014

New Best Practice for Software Training: Use HoverCam Solo 8

Problem: As companies deploy more mobile devices, staff need training how to use them. What’s the best way to train staff how to use the new apps? What about remote staff?

Solution: A high resolution document camera with a 30 frame/second refresh rate is an effective way to train people how to use apps in an auditorium, online in a live webinar or with a recorded instructional video.

The explosion of mobile devices in the workplace and enterprise has increased the need for software training. The most common equipment used for software instruction the last twenty five years has been a computer and projector. But how do you project the image of a smartphone screen from the phone to the large screen so it can be seen?  And, what’s the best way to train remotely with the trainer in one location and staff who need training in multiple locations?

The HoverCam Solo 8 provides an answer.

“This camera is the answer to many challenges we have been facing in my department,” writes Stephanie Patzius a corporate software trainer with 1,500 users who work remotely around the country. “Due to the outstanding image quality this document camera provides I will be able to deliver training webinars with outstanding clarity.”

The Solo 8 plugs right into the USB port of the computer and can be used as an auxiliary video camera by Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx and other web conferencing services. And, since Solo 8 is a USB 3.0 camera with 8MP resolution, the images are clearer and faster than using a standard “webcam” with low resolution. In fact, Solo 8 achieves 4K clarity.  Moreover, unlike the low resolution webcam included with many computers, the Solo 8’s camera head can be pointed downwards to show crystal clear images of the device’s screen or in any direction.

As important as the clarity of the image for those being trained is seeing the hand movements and hand gestures of the trainer, helpful when learning how to use all the features of an app. Using the Solo 8, the trainer’s hand movements will be shown in full-motion video without any lag, delay or distraction.
Alternatively, one could use an app such as Reflector to stream a tablet image from the device to the computer or to a large screen display or use a “mirroring” app to show a device’s screen on a large screen.  However, Reflector and mirroring don’t allow students to see the hand movements of the trainer – and depending on the app, the hand movements could be important to understanding how to use the app.

Another important feature for software trainers is Solo 8’s ability to record. A trainer can quickly and easily record an instructional video demonstrating how to use an app and then share that video by uploading it or emailing it.  And, the Solo 8 records HD 1080p video at full-motion, 30 frames per second so the videos are clear. With the time savings, the ROI payback for corporate trainers occurs literally after one use.

“The recording feature of the HoverCam Solo 8 is going to save my company SO MUCH money as I can create training videos for distribution to remote users rather than traveling to train them in person,” wrote Ms. Patzius, the corporate trainer. “The camera is very user friendly as I was able to use it right away without reading any of the training resources. I am so excited about this camera and all the opportunities it provides for my department!”

To learn more, and for additional case studies, please visit www.thehovercam.com/technology

Why You Should Demand More From Your Document Camera?

Published on Monday, 02 June 2014

With so many options and an ever-growing market, there are a few things you should demand from your document camera. As a teacher, you should not have to struggle for your technology to work – the technology should work for you. You should not have to settle with complicated software, incompatible hardware and a host of other problems associated with technology. Thankfully, HoverCam kept all those problems in mind when they created their document cameras and accompanying software. HoverCam document cameras just works!

It is a new world for education technology. As millennials grow up and technology becomes the norm and standard in their lives, it becomes more and more important to have education technology that is intuitive and works for everyone, especially teachers. The new HoverCam Solo 8 document camera meets and exceeds teachers’ needs and expectations. With faster, lag-free frame rates, vibrant and clear pictures, super fast connectivity and insanely simple and easy-to-use software, a document camera from HoverCam should be THE next piece of technology you should be using in the classroom.

You don’t need to worry about Mac or Windows, portable scanners or cameras or even downloading software. All you should be focused on is your classroom and the kinds of lessons you can do with your new HoverCam document camera. Just plug a HoverCam document camera in and go. You should demand the best from your document camera and all of your educational technology, because in the end it effects the students and how they learn. Using the latest and greatest in document camera technology is using the HoverCam Solo 8. HoverCam listens to all feedback when they develop new products, which is why the Solo 8 is possibly going to be the best document camera ever built.