Posts Tagged ‘wiimote’

First time at the FETC

January 20, 2008

This week Heidi and I will drive down to Orlando to attend the Florida Educational Technology Conference.  My friend Jen Wagner has given me a list of wonderful people to meet and I am looking forward to a dose of inspiration.  Since I am obsessed with the wiiMotes I will undoubtedly make it my goal to find someone who has experimented with the $50 whiteboards. I plan to get the vendor reaction to the wiiMote. I will also see if I can find an XO laptops demo as ours have yet to arrive, and I will look into some eLearning options such as Moodle. Who knows what else I might learn.  Our seven hour drive will be packed with podcasts.  I do my best listening on long drives. We return on Saturday and then Sunday I plan to connect with Jen who will be in Philly for EduCon! Can you say technology integration? My who week will be full of eating, sleeping and breathing technology. My only regret?  Missing Women of Web 2 on Tuesday evening.  Alas we will still be in the car.

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Instructables Step by Step

January 20, 2008
Instructables has you covered. They just posted the quintessential How to when it comes to creating your own interactive whiteboard. I wonder what Promethean and Smartboard are saying about this? Disclaimer: I don’t always approve of the ads or content on Instructables but this is really very useful.

$50 Interactive Whiteboard

January 20, 2008
If you have an LCD then your are only $50 away from having a fully interactive white board on any available surface. I watched Johnny Chung Lee of Carnegie Mellon University on youtube as he described his invention and I explored his web pages but I still had questions. Rich White creator of Edusim just posted his own demo on youtube as well. I found it embedded in the classroom 2.0 NING. The video makes it look easy but I was still wondering, “Where’s the catch?”
The video I selected to show you is by Drew McKinney. It plays like a public service announcement for teachers. He compares the use of the wiiMote to the interactive white boards, talks about exactly how to build a pen, exactly how he did the install and mentions the need for a Tech Support person to handle the install. He does all of this in a school. I think I might be able to drum up the $50 and the materials for a pen and then let my kindergarten students help to build some pens. I have a Promethean board and I have been very happy with it but there are many teachers in my school who are not as fortunate and I would love to address this need by offering an inexpensive alternative to the Promethean. I can see it now, Eagle Scout project to create infrared pens for elementary school. It could happen!
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