|By Derek Kol||
|February 12, 2013 02:13 PM EST||
Belkin has announced the Belkin Stage app for next-generation learning using an iPad. Belkin Stage app for iPad combines the convenience of a document camera with the power of an interactive whiteboard for cost-effective, connected learning that boosts student success. Belkin also unveiled its Tablet Stage, an ergonomic stand for tablets that makes classroom presentations easy to deliver.
The new app enables educators to sketch and annotate over live video for engaging tutorials. It also displays objects using the iPad camera with the ability to sketch, write, label or laser point to objects in real time. With a simple connection to a projector or second screen, iPad creations can be easily shared and viewed with an entire classroom.
The Belkin Stage app reduces the expense of outfitting a digital classroom. By displacing expensive and cumbersome technology such as document cameras and interactive whiteboards, Belkin Stage engages audiences with real-time video feed without the high cost.
Key features of the Belkin Stage app include:
- Document camera function to capture live video
- Drawing function where users can overlay text on live video
- Label function so users can overlay labels on live video
- Video output function so all video and interactions can be output via a wired or wireless connection
Available in Stage app version 1.1, to be released February 28, 2013:
- Recording function allows users to record (using screen capture) all video and created interactions
- Upload function so users can upload recorded sessions to collaborative sites including YouTube EDU
For easier in-classroom use, educators can pair the Belkin Stage app with the Tablet Stage - an ergonomic stand for tablets that makes classroom presentations easy to deliver. Tablet Stage securely holds tablets in place for effortless document projection and convenient use.
Key features of Tablet Stage include:
- Accommodates most tablets, including iPad and iPad Mini
- Case compatible - no need to remove tablet case for use
- Easily removable, keeping tablet mobile
- Adjustable tablet orientation, landscape or portrait
- Adjustable tablet angle, flat to vertical
- Adjustable height - view full size documents or zoom in for detailed macro views
- Dual brightness adjustable LED light
- Integrated stylus holder
- Surface attachment option
"I see a huge need for solutions such as Tablet Stage," said Nicole Tempel Assisi, principal, Da Vinci Innovator Academy in Los Angeles, California. "All of our teachers have iPads and our choices for presenting from them have typically been to either buy projector stands, which is more technology than we need, or come up with a workaround. It's great Belkin is developing solutions that can help us save money, bulkiness on the desk, and help create a more dynamic learning environment which is always our number one priority."
"As today's schools embrace the interactive power of the iPad, they seek to make it less of an individual device and more of a collaborative tool," said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. "With Belkin Stage app teachers and administrators can use and integrate iPads into their curriculums in a much more engaging way. It makes teaching and learning both easier and more fulfilling."
Pricing and Availability
The Belkin Stage app is immediately available at no cost and downloadable through the iTunes web site. Tablet Stage will be available in March 2013, and priced at $199.
The Belkin Stage app and the Tablet Stage are Belkin's latest solutions designed to serve the growing needs of school districts and educators, both in and beyond the classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkincampaigns.com/edumobility/.
Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company's line of commercial products are available through Belkin's global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.