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« on: September 26, 2008, 07:38:46 PM »

Hello all,
I teach psychology at a small college in Florida and have recently began to use the Whiteboard/Smoothboard in classes. At the moment I primarily use it with Power Point, but have been looking into using some of the other programs mentioned in various posts on this board.
I'm attending a small conference next weekend entitled "Getting Connected: Best Practices in Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning in Psychology" and I'll be doing a short presentation at the conference showing off the Smoothboard to other college professors. 
I've already contacted Johnny Lee and Boon Jin about this, but I'm posting this message to see if anyone else out there has some new and interesting ideas about how to use this technology to engage college-level students in more interactive and exciting ways.

It's a small conference, but this is a real chance to expose a group of teachers to this technology, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, or programs to use, please reply to this post.
Oh, the conference is Oct 3rd, so I'm obviously putting this together last minute.
Thanks!
-Matt Sacks
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008, 07:51:55 AM »

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Have you seen my video: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ttDMLxTV824

Plus check my delicious links for a range of Wiimote IWB suitable software http://www.delicious.com/benpaddlejones/wiimote

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008, 03:31:52 AM »

Matt,
I'm a high school science teacher and may have a different view on teaching, but I would show how the wiimote whiteboard is as capable as the SMART board for less money.
I would show:
              How you can surf the internet.
              Write on top of any program (annotate pro $20 and 30 days free).
              PowerPoint.
              If you have Word 2007, or One Note - handwriting recognition.
              You can run any program you have been using.
              At my school the wiimote whiteboard is larger than the SMARTboards.
               
I would look through any wiimote whiteboard and smartboard videos online and see what you can replicate.
Find out what programs the other teachers and try those with the wiimote.

In public high schools,like mine, $100 compared to $4000 is the biggest selling point.
How much is it to replace a smartboard pen (+ s/h) compared to building a new IR pen?

fpill
P.S.  I'm starting to prepare for my own presentation to teachers and administrators in my school district.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008, 09:47:51 AM »

I also think the wiimote concept is superior to smartboards.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2008, 11:01:29 AM »

MattSacks
I'm in the process of writing an article for a National Teacher magazine in Australia on the Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard. I felt I could add some of my deep thought to this discussion.

The main focus of my article is that the Wiimote IWB does not require the uptake of any new technology skills. Unlike Smartboard et al with requires the user to learn new key strokes, gestures, menu structures and the Human Interface Device itself. The Wiimote IWB only requires the learning of the HID which is very intuitive if the user has a sound knowledge of their operating system. The Wiimote IWB is just windows with a new HID. In windows if I want to open a file, I move my mouse to place my cursor over the 'Open' button and then I click, rather with the Wiimote IWB I move my arm to place my pen over the 'Open' button and then I click.

I agree with Undcon the Wiimote IWB is superior on many levels:-
 - Cost ($55 versus $4000)
 - Potentially reduced wasted revenue (in the case of a failed uptake. There are many Smartboards et al being written on with Whiteboard markers because the teacher doesn't want to use an IWB)
 - Accessibility (I have several students using Wiimote IWB's at home, enhancing their gaming experience. In the process they learnt about electronics/maths/physics/programming/technology but don't tell them Smiley. I wonder how many schools have students installing Smartboards et al into their bedrooms)
 - Transferability (I don't have a home room, but I can use a IWB in every lesson I want too, if I did have a home room and another teacher needed to use it, I still get to deliver the IWB based lesson I planned)
 - My existing technology skills are applied not rewritten or replaced

Even if you feel the Smartboards et al are better the Wiimote IWB is the perfect stepping stone allowing for a staggered progression. Teachers can develop their IWB craft on the Wiimote IWB and when they upgrade to the Smartboard et al the Wiimote IWB can simply be passed to the next teacher/classroom/student/school/country. Most importantly this facilities a significant focal shift away from developing technology skills towards the heart of teaching and learning, pedagogy!

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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008, 02:53:59 AM »

Thanks for the feedback so far to everyone. 
Ben, I've indeed seen your class demonstration video and will be using some of the programs from your "Delicious Links".  (I sent you a backchannel email a few weeks back too, but it may not have gone through).
This is definitely an exciting time as we are seeing end users (teachers) have a crack at the Wiimote IWB and see how they can bring it effectively into the classroom.
-Matt
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