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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Seeking IR pen help
« on: August 11, 2009, 05:14:01 AM »
DJM~

Thanks for your reply.  I have looked at the Groove-- it seems to be the only pressure sensitive pen selling right now.  Its shape concerns me, though.  Because of fine motor limitations, I will need to modify the pen by building up and extending the handle.  This task would be much easier with a regular cylinder shape. 

I would love to hear from anyone who is using it though.  Do you feel like it is a quality, durable product?

Thanks,

Beth

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Seeking IR pen help
« on: August 06, 2009, 03:08:32 PM »
Thanks for the link to your info, benpaddlejones.  The picture of the wand pen was helpful.  I think that a pressure sensitive pen that is extended like that and built up a bit at the handle would work for most of my students.  Our physical and occupational therapists can help with the modifications of the pen.  As we get our system into place, I will send you info for your special populations article if we find new techniques for access. 

Does anyone have thoughts about a good place to purchase a pressure sensitive pen?  As I said, I don't feel competent to build one.  However, once I have a good one in hand, I am confident that I can extend it and build up the handle to make it usable.

Thanks again.
Beth

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Seeking IR pen help
« on: August 06, 2009, 06:00:41 AM »
Hello All~

I am a special education teacher and am excited about trying out a wiimote whiteboard in my classroom this year.  My students have physical disabilities which make manipulation of the IR pen somewhat of a challenge.  I have been looking about at various IR pen designs.  It seems to me that a pen with a pressure switch rather than a momentary switch would be my best option--  I like the one that uses the Tide to Go pen.  I will need to experiment with building up the grip to make it easier for my students to grip and control.

I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has experience using a wiimote board with students with limited fine motor skills.

I would also love to hear from anyone who may be able to build some pens for me.  I will be happy to pay for the pens-- I just am not capable of doing it myself (I know my limitations  :D).

Thanks,

Beth Curtis (becurtis at fcps dot edu)
Severe Disabilities Teacher
Key Center School
http://www.fcps.edu/KeyCenter/

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