Author Topic: Has anyone done this project on a large scale?  (Read 6912 times)

Offline piliboy

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on: October 26, 2008, 10:36:01 PM
Hy y'all,
I am wondering if anyone has done this Wiimote Smoothboard on a large scale?  I know that a lot of people have made one and are using it in their classroom, but has anyone gotten these into an entire school or district?  I would like to put this to use throughout my whole school, but am running into problems.
I've not yet worried about the cost aspect, that will take care of itsself.  But one my current major obstacles is the positioning of the Wiimote so that it can be used by NON tech savvy teachers, people who do not want to mess with it, do not want to climb onto chairs to change batteries or turn things on, do not want to have to adjust or set up the Wiimote at all.  In other words, they will want it to be basically plug-n-play.  Even if I were to install everything and get it set up, the problem of how to manage the Wiimote is concerning.
I can get my own to work just fine, I'm just thinking about a large scale rollout in many classrooms.
If anyone has done this, would you please respond and maybe we can chat off the whole board as this may be boring to folks not trying to do this same thing.
Bill

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Reply #1 on: October 27, 2008, 01:12:14 AM
piliboy
I have got running in a number of Western Sydney classrooms. But yes as per your observations most with tech savy teachers. Read: http://wyxs.net/web/wiimote/digital_whiteboard.html particularly the mods to the Wiimote combined with a easy connection utility will make possible accross a district.

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Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 06:00:19 AM
Hello!

I'm working on a project for >50 schools right now. I got sponsoring from some companies and got all the Hardware stuff together. We are putting together an easy2use package and the rollout starts in march.
the first 10 schools are getting the installation and wii stuff for free so I guess this will roll...

Greetings from Austria

Gerald



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Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 06:07:06 AM
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Fantastic, please keep us intouch with your progress. >50 schools is a big project.

If you pull it off I may have an excuse to visit Austria again, such a struggle summer for the big rivers or winter for the snow hmmmm.

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Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 07:17:10 AM
Wow! Congrats with getting that rolling. I've had trouble getting this idea past the "oh that's cool" stage. Not many people seem too thrilled unless they already have a smart board or some equivelant... then they don't need an inexpensive version... they've already got the full deal.


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