[K12OSN] New SmartBoard and Edubuntu...I'm truly impressed!
ascensiontech at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 15:54:00 UTC 2008
Yes Sonja, there is a Linux version.
2008/2/8 Sonja Gonzalez <sgonzalez at sau83.org>:
> We have one SmartBoard and the teacher that uses it swears by it. The
> functionality is so much more than a white board, and the collaboration that
> she gets with her students is huge.
> Dave, I applaud your success in getting these budgeted. I am not as
> successful so I'm looking at the Wiimote project. If you don't know what it
> is, here's a link:
> Does anyone know if there's been any success at porting it to Linux? And has
> anyone compared its functionality to the SmartBoard's? I saw this YouTube
> video by a consultant
> who assessed the difference but I don't know if he's tried all the extras
> that SmartBoard offers in the form of software and lesson plans.
> I'm still having trouble getting the Wiimote to connect via bluetooth (to
> Windows) so I haven't actually gotten one working, but if I do, it promises
> an interactive whiteboard for about $50 (assuming you have the computer and
> projector already.)
> Interested in any thoughts on this.
> Sonja Gonzalez
> Director of Technology
> Ellis School
> 432 Main Street
> Fremont, NH 03044
> 603.895.2511 x603
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "jones yeates" <jones_yeates at hotmail.com>
> To: "Support list for open source software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com>
> Sent: Friday, February 8, 2008 10:04:09 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
> Subject: RE: [K12OSN] New SmartBoard and Edubuntu...I'm truly impressed!
> 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 at nashville-k12.org
> > To: k12osn at 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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