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So What IS eBeam and How Can it be Used to Bettter Today’s Education?

One of the most overlooked educational tools used to create an interactive learning environment for every classroom.  

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Park Hills Elementary School Teacher Enlivens the Classroom and Conferences with Portable eBeam Technology™

“The eBeam Edge just makes teaching easier!”
Erik Wittmer, 5th Grade Teacher
Park Hills Elementary, Hanover, PA

24 students file into Erik Wittmer’s 5th grade class at Park Hills
Elementary. As the kids settle down, his eBeam system is fired up, and
one by one his students use the eBeam interactive stylus to sign into his
projected attendance sheet on the board. Using the eBeam interactive
tool palette, the kids sign their names in the color that represents the
meal they want for lunch, thus combining attendance taking with lunch
selection. This double-duty management of attendance and lunch is
but one of the many interactive uses Wittmer has developed for his
eBeam Complete system in the three years he has had it. “It just makes
teaching easier!” he exclaims.

Keeping students focused is a challenge with which Wittmer is intimately
acquainted. The challenge is compounded with students raised in the
age of cell phones, email and other interactive technology. In many
cases, the “stand and lecture” method just isn’t very efficient for
encouraging students to actively think about lesson material.
To promote this type of active engagement in the classroom, Wittmer
began using eBeam Complete™ three years ago. Today Erik still speaks
glowingly about how it has increased interactivity amongst his students.
With the eBeam system, Wittmer is able to annotate his presentations,
pull in media files from Discovery Streaming online and incorporate
content from the eBeam image gallery. Wittmer also uses the eBeam
system to record and save presentations, which he can send to students
who are out sick, allowing him to keep the students on top of the
curriculum. “Some things, if you miss it, you’re lost,” says Wittmer, who
saves his lessons as WMV files and posts them to his class Moodle for
absent students to view at a later date. The eBeam connection to the
Amazon Kindle is particularly exciting to Wittmer, who cites eReaders
as being great for students with learning differences, such as dyslexia.
The ability to highlight text and have it pronounced and defined, Wittmer
says, helps the learning process of many of these kids.

Most of all Wittmer likes that his eBeam system allows his students
to stay engaged and “become the teacher”—rather than passively
listening to his lectures from their desks, Wittmer has the kids use
the interactive stylus themselves to participate in interactive lessons
projected onto the board. His students have become so comfortable
handling the eBeam system that they are able to explore new uses
for the system and even troubleshoot when issues arise, turning
classroom technology into a learning experience in and of itself.
Wittmer’s use of his eBeam system isn’t limited to the classroom. He
also uses his eBeam Complete in all of the presentations he makes,
including those at local, district and state level conferences. “You
almost feel naked without it,” he admits. “You become so reliant on
it, it becomes second nature!” Although he is the only teacher in his
school to have eBeam interactive technology, his enthusiasm for it, has
sparked many of his colleagues to request more interactive whiteboard
technology in the district.

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Today I’d like to share a link to a little presentation that I found comparing Interactive Whiteboards- the SMART board, MimioTeach whiteboard, and the eBeam Edge.  Of course, the eBeam Edge was found to be the best option of the three because of it’s “user friendliness, portability, easy installation, reliability, 7 year warranty, and it’s affordable price ($650)”.  Pretty cool!  Take a look at the link below…

http://prezi.com/z_f-i-wqlc0k/interactive-whiteboards-a-comparison/

The only “cons” listed for the eBeam Edge were “not well marketed, hard to find”.  That’s where we come in!  Check out our website at http://www.ebeamrocks.com for great prices on all of the eBeam products!

Luidia Demonstrates New eBeam Solutions for Mobile and Linux Devices at BETT SHOW 2013 in London, UK

SAN CARLOS, CA–(Marketwire – Jan 29, 2013) – Luidia Inc. the award-winning leader in portable interactive products that enable educators and students to create, capture, share and interact with digital content on desktop and mobile devices, will be demonstrating its dynamic collection of new classroom solutions at BETT SHOW 2013, the world’s largest technology in education event, held this year at the ExCel venue in London, January 30 through February 2, 2013.

The demonstrations at Stand B60 will include a preview of the soon-to-be-released eBeam Connect software and how it can help teachers increase student engagement via any web-enabled device, including Android® and iOS® tablets. With eBeam Connect, teachers and students share an online content space, syncing classroom devices in a collaborative learning environment in the cloud where everything is saved and accessible from any device – effectively bringing every student to the front of the class.

Luidia also will demonstrate an updated Capture Pack, an add-on for eBeam Edge and Engage that captures anything written or drawn on a regular whiteboard with dry-erase markers. The new Capture Pack features a more ergonomic marker sleeve design that yields more accurate results.

In addition, visitors to the booth will be able to try a new version of eBeam Livewire for instant use of eBeam software without installing it on a computer, as well as new Education Suite software for Linux.

About Luidia
Luidia Inc. is the creator of interactive eBeam® technology that helps teachers and students to interact, share, create, learn, and educate in this interconnected world. The company’s products are utilized by organizations of all sizes, with hundreds of thousands of users across multiple industries and geographies. Luidia also partners with industry leaders such as Chief MFG, Hitachi, NEC and Sony, that incorporate eBeam® technology in their latest products.

This article was found at http://www.e-beam.com/about-us/media-center/press-releases/press-item/article/luidia-demonstrates-new-ebeam-solutions-for-mobile-and-linux-devices-at-bett-show-2013-in-london-uk.html

Today I’d like to share this cool infographic that I found showing some of the differences between China and the US, and their attempts to integrate technology in the classroom.  Pretty interesting!  Take a look!

China vs. The U.S.: Meeting Students’ Technology Needs

Today I’d like to share a great article that I found that provides educators with some valuable pointers for integrating technology into their teaching.  Take a look!

5 Secrets For Smarter Education Technology Integration

With instructional strategies, data collection, curricular planning, personal communication, and classroom management to consider, where technology fits in to a teacher’s workday isn’t obvious—especially a new teacher. But if you can consider technology as a macro tool rather than a micro task, this simple paradigm shift can make all the difference.

A Means and an End

Technology is as much an end as a means.

While it can act as a powerful tool to actuate thinking, curate performance, and connect learners, technology can create its own need to know, and even obscure the reasons for learning in the first place.

On a simple level, there is the matter of function. While hardware (iPads) and software (programs and apps) are designed to be accessible, there are inevitably problems. Passwords can fail, broadband access can be problematic, and even the simplest act—such as copying a file from one drive to another—can take up more time than they save, and suggest a point of diminishing return.

On a murkier, more complex level is the idea of workflow.

Technology Workflow

Technology workflow refers to the role of technology in learning facilitation—specifically what is used when for what reason.

If a student is taking notes using an iPad, then needs to share those notes with a partner, the technology workflow is simple. The student internalizes materials, interfaces with the technology to capture thinking, then uses an app or function of an app to share the file. At this point, all is well.

But if ten lab partners need to access unique databases, return to a shared physical (or digital) space to share ideas, communicate priorities, then re-disperse, the workflow is more complicated and recursive.  This matters less with individuals (though it matters then, still), and more when large groups like classes or entire schools access similar hardware, software, and even content.

Workflow can make or break technology use.

Luckily, there are some ideas to keep in mind as you plan.

1. Think Function First

As you approach technology, think first of what it is doing. What exactly it is doing.

To do this, you’ll need to observe some barrier to learning—otherwise the technology use is, at best, gratuitous, and at worst, leading students away from what you’re wanting them to come to understand.

Rather than think “What’s a cool way to use twitter?”, you might notice that students are missing out on real-world access to content experts. Then you might notice that blogging, twitter, and RSS feeds are all three powerful ways to connect students to said experts.

Technology use here becomes strategic, intentional, and more likely to result in additional capacity for learning with technology.

2. Let Students Lead

Students may or may not know technology better than you. This is difficult to judge because their knowledge here can be so uneven.

Regardless, they likely know it differently than you do. So let them lead.

Let them choose new applications for existing technology—a new way to use Evernote, or a smarter way to use hyperlinking in Microsoft Word.

Let them corral emerging trends in social media use and work them into the learning process.

Let them figure out the logistics of turning work in, sharing feedback, and maintaining a digital portfolio. While this is necessary in a BYOD environment, it is possible anywhere.

3. Start With What You Know

While you’ll gradually need to push yourself out of your comfort zone, start where you’re comfortable—and not comfortable as a teacher, but as a technology user yourself.

If you’re an avid user of facebook or pinterest, figure out a compelling way to integrate it into the learning process. Same with your Android smartphone or the new digital multi-meter you just picked up on Amazon.

This will help you learn how technology actually works in the learning process while not having to juggle mastering a new technology while you’re at it. As a new teacher, you’ve got enough to keep you up at night.

4. Experiment Constantly

Whatever you do as you grow as a teacher, do not become complacent. Step out of your comfort zone, seek out better ways to complete the mundane tasks that sabotage your free time, and try new things with technology.

This experimentation can come as the result of collaboration with your professional learning network, business leaders in the community, or the students themselves. Make sure that in your daily use of social media, physical print, or in-person observation you have access to powerful uses of technology, or your “idea well” will be self-contained and likely unsustainable.

5. Be Mindful Of Your Own Biases

Both new and experienced teachers will need to prioritize what’s most important in their classroom. There’s only so much time and so many resources. This is understandable.

For new teachers, before you know it your first year becomes your fourth, and built-in habits that were formed during the storm of your first classroom experience can be difficult to even see, much less break.

For experienced teachers, constantly seeing education technology with fresh eyes can help you see function firstwhile also staying ahead of emerging trends. If you hold fast to this app or that operating system you risk creating your own personal learning environment rather than one for your students.

Resisting this requires a solid framework for technology integration from the beginning that is catalyzed by your own interests and passion, but is also interdependent with students, experts, and your global learning network.

Don’t be afraid to fail; everyone fails. Just be sure that failure comes in pursuit of better technology integration that is dynamic and evolving, rather than a stunted system of tried-and-true that will eventually catch up to you in your career.

This article was found at http://www.teachthought.com/technology/5-secrets-for-smarter-education-technology-integration/.