I have a SmartBoard in my classroom. I'm glad to hear that I can now use it with Linux. Currently its broken, so I can't but I did find it very useful when I taught lessons in Windows. However students at the back of the room had problems seeing the board. Now that I use fl_teachertool that's no longer a problem and I try to use Linux as much as possible because of fl_teachertool (along with many other reasons).|
> Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 08:51:52 -0600
> From: pwelte nashville-k12 org
> To: k12osn redhat com
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] New SmartBoard and Edubuntu...I'm truly impressed!
> If the SmartBoard is simply being used as the display surface for a
> projector, then I agree with your comments. However, the Smartboard
> provides soooo much more. There is an unlimited number of ways to use a
> SmartBoard to foster a sense of enthusiasm and engagement that does not
> normally occur. The Smarttech website has an entire area devoted to
> creating lesson plans and projects.
> When used properly, especially at the grade school level, a SmartBoard
> system provides a huge level of engagement with a small amount of
> order/distraction. A group of students gathered around a SmartBoard and
> actively identifying the subject matter by pointing to and touching the
> board has increased participation and excitement with the subject
> material. When used properly, these devices foster at least the same
> amount of active participation as a thin client and they don't require
> as much support or space.
> James P. Kinney III wrote:
> > I have yet to see anything done with a smartboard benefiting the
> > educational process that can't be done more broadly and actively with
> > Linux thin clients and a collaborative workspace like fl_teachertool.
> > The money spent on a smartboard buys an activity for a single person at
> > a time while the others sit passively. This is the same failure mode
> > that was in place with filmstrips, movies and EDU TV. The technology is
> > changing but the practice is nearly identical. The streaming video junk
> > from UnitedStreaming is just filmstrips done on a more expensive player
> > (that school can't keep due to licensing <gag!>).
> > For the same cost of a single smartboard, multiple Linux thin clients
> > can be installed in the classroom. Imagine the learning that can happen
> > when students can actively participate in doing things instead of being
> > a passive observer.
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