Author Topic: Not quite wiimote-specific, but I thought someone on this forum would know  (Read 4399 times)

Offline Fastolfe

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Hello everybody,

I want to use my wiimote whiteboard setup to give a lesson about US states to a class of foreign students, and I'm not sure how to go about doing it elegantly.

Here's what I have in mind :

The lesson starts with a blank map of the US, with the states outlined. I ask the students what state they know, where they think it is, I write the state's letters onto the map at the correct place, then I click on the state and the computer shows some stats (the state capital, population, main exports, ...) and photos of interesting places in that state. Then I go back to the main map and start over until all 50 states are covered.

I have an idea how to do this with OpenOffice Impress or Powerpoint, and a screen-writing tool like VirtualBoard or Annotate!Pro, but I see a lot of potential for things to go wrong when switching back and forth from one program to the other, or getting lost in the presentation or something.

So I was wondering how you guys would go about doing a presentation like this without major headaches, if you know good utilities that would fit the bill, or even better, if there's some educational software to teach US states that would do what I want (i.e. a US map that I can click onto to present a state on demand).

Thanks!



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Fastolfe
I suggest Adobe Presenter, you can share desktops and interact with each others desktops. There is a free version and a pro version, have a play. Be interesting to see what you produce.

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Offline puppetman723

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I would use powerpoint and  put action buttons on your state map that will take you to slides with all the info you wanted. Also in powerpoint, you can turn your mouse into a pen so you won't need to download annotate pro or anything.



Offline Fastolfe

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Thanks for the answers guys.

I think I'll do a non-linear presentation as Puppetman suggests, it'll be simpler as I don't have the time to learn a new piece of software (the lesson is next wednesday).

About the pen in Powerpoint: if I draw something on a slide, then switch slide, then come back to the annotated slide, will the annotations still be there? In Impress they disappear, which is why I use a separate markup tool.



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Thanks for the answers guys.

I think I'll do a non-linear presentation as Puppetman suggests, it'll be simpler as I don't have the time to learn a new piece of software (the lesson is next wednesday).

About the pen in Powerpoint: if I draw something on a slide, then switch slide, then come back to the annotated slide, will the annotations still be there? In Impress they disappear, which is why I use a separate markup tool.

Hi,
The drawings will be still there unless you erased them.
You are also given a choice to save them when you exit the Powerpoint slides. It will appear as a drawing object inside your slide.

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