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Re: [K12OSN] New SmartBoard and Edubuntu...I'm truly impressed!



> Please correct me If I'm wrong...but as of yet there is no flash
> integration with the Notebook software in Linux.  That means that most
> of the gallery elements are useless.  For elementary schools that's a
> big downer!

FYI the Notebook galleryitem files are really just SCORM (ver. 2004)
files  (which are in zip archive format).    Apparently Moodle has a
SCORM 2004 player module.  So if anyone who has Smartboards and Moodle
might want to see if they load.  You'd have to change the suffix from
galleryitem to zip I believe.   I'd like to see this work personally
since they have NO interest in making Flash work in the Notebook for
Linux. Feeling a little burned.


Peter


On Fri, Feb 8, 2008 at 10:49 AM, Peter Hartmann <ascensiontech gmail com> wrote:
> Please correct me If I'm wrong...but as of yet there is no flash
> integration with the Notebook software in Linux.  That means that most
> of the gallery elements are useless.  For elementary schools that's a
> big downer!  :(    However I have read that OpenOffice3 will play
> flash so if users create there own gallery content Notebook may become
> superfluous.
>
> OT:
>
> Has anyone tried the Wiimote whiteboard on a thin client?  The Linux
> version isn't that stable last time I tried it but still it would be
> interesting to try on a client.  Wonder if bluez would need to run
> local?
>
> Peter
>
>
> On Feb 7, 2008 9:38 PM, David Trask <dtrask vcsvikings org> wrote:
>> Recently I was able to purchase an interactive whiteboard called a
>> "SmartBoard" for our school.  I have several more in the budget for next
>> year, but this one gives us an opportunity to learn more about how to use
>> one.  I was excited to find out when I ordered it that it would be
>> compatible with Linux, but I had my doubts.  Often times manufacturers
>> make claims to be compatible with Linux, but generally with a loss of
>> features or a very difficult installation.  I was a little nervous when I
>> stuck in the CD to the drive on my Edubuntu desktop….and I couldn't get
>> the installer to execute.  So…I went to the web site and downloaded the
>> installer from there.  The installer was a breeze to work with!  It's an
>> autopackage that simply asked me a couple yes or no questions…and then
>> VOILA!  That was it!  Suddenly the SmartBoard software launched and we
>> were in business!  The total install time took less than 2 minutes!  Guess
>> what else?  Everything works!  Every feature from the notebook software to
>> the screen captures and more!  I'm truly impressed!  The folks at
>> Smarttech have really taken a look at the future of Linux and FOSS in
>> Education.  Today was simply my first day…all I got a chance to do was put
>> it together, load the software and play around a little.  I'm finding
>> myself a bit excited to get to school tomorrow so I can really try things
>> out.  Just in the few chances I got to try it out today, I can really see
>> how it will totally change the way I teach!  I'm psyched!
>>
>> David N. Trask
>> Technology Teacher/Director
>> Vassalboro Community School
>> dtrask vcsvikings org
>> (207)923-3100
>>
>>
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