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« on: January 28, 2008, 01:34:28 AM »

and i should know i was an engineer there for over ten years.
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008, 02:24:38 AM »

Thats insane ! ... Bet once these Wiimote Whiteboard start showing up in classrooms they think twice about pricing.... once thing thats also pretty consistent (other than they are all overpriced) is that IWB software are all pretty lousy as well (Activeboard, Smartboard, Mimio, eBeam)... they are slowly running out of relevant reasons to buy the over rpiced versions Cheesy


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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008, 02:33:32 AM »

Thats insane ! ... Bet once these Wiimote Whiteboard start showing up in classrooms they think twice about pricing.... once thing thats also pretty consistent (other than they are all overpriced) is that IWB software are all pretty lousy as well (Activeboard, Smartboard, Mimio, eBeam)... they are slowly running out of relevant reasons to buy the over rpiced versions Cheesy


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you must be joking promethean plan to stick a cheap nasty pc on the back and bump the price right up
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2008, 03:31:35 AM »

Then print up a bunch of fancy pictures and "represent" at every trade show this side of Mars .. Cranking up the marketing machine to slap lipstick on the pigs  *snicker*
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2008, 06:14:59 PM »

you must be joking promethean plan to stick a cheap nasty pc on the back and bump the price right up

lol what do you mean by that
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2008, 02:05:47 AM »

O.k.  I'm new to the forum but I get the idea. Schools have been buying junk and paying out the nose for it. When they see a cheaper version (mimio), they jump at it. The school I work for as a tech is not getting funds this year. I have taken PCs from other schools that were marked to be surplussed (destroyed or sold for scrap), and pieced them together to replace our 10-12yr old macs. Its a sad situation. So when I stumbled on Johnny's vid, I thought, wow! Its not just a toy or someone's way of showing what else can be done with a tool. It is proof that ingenuity is not dead. That solutions can be found to problems without waiting for big corporations to show us the way to spend our money. My question is, how soon can I show this to the county (district) reps that just bought mimios or the more expensive IAWBs? I can't wait to see their faces. It can't be a secret that this is going to help students pay attention in class too! I just read an online study from england that tracked students for 6 yrs after giving all teachers an IAWB and the results are incredible.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2008, 06:48:21 AM »

I just got a grant, and I'm still debating whether to spend it on a SMART board or on some camcorders.  One day I think the Wiimote is good enough, the next day I look at those squiggly lines and think maybe not....
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2008, 08:39:05 AM »

Have you tried it yet? .... the squiggly lines are due to the Wiimote not properly positioned (too far away) or too dim an IR light... I have used about every IWB system there is .. and after using the Wiimote board I can imagine even spending $500 for a Mimio - much less $1500 for a Smartboard or Activeboard.

Here is the software we are using on our Wiimoteboards:

http://edusim3d.com
http://kindlelab.com

So the software is there as well.
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