[ubuntu-us-ma] Interactive Whiteboard

Brian DeLacey bdelacey at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 03:26:14 GMT 2009

Here's a low-cost way to do that sort of thing using a Wii remote:
There's a related video here:

There's a lot of potential with the Wii remote ...


On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 10:01 PM, Danny Piccirillo <
danny.piccirillo at gmail.com> wrote:

> What a nightmare...
> My school keeps investing money into testing out these things. They want to
> make a decision on which to buy a big order of. Basically, interactive
> whiteboards let teachers draw on the screen from the front of the room and
> save their lessons, etc. My school is faced with sales pitch after sales
> pitch and all the teachers are excited so it seems. We'd need to buy their
> proprietary hardware and software, train teachers, etc. I'm trying really
> hard to make the case that this is a really really bad idea. The technology
> is pretty new (well, maybe it's been around, but these solutions are not
> mature), so it will all be outdated soon.
> Teachers get excited about every new piece of technology with any new and
> uselesss features. They want to use it for the sake of using it, regardless
> of whether they can use it effectively. Students are not any more engaged,
> if not less, when the only new aspect of their lesson is being able to click
> on a train and hearing it go CHOOCHOO (powerpoint-- i mean, openoffice.orgcan already do that...). Whether or not teachers use interactive
> whiteboards, tablets, or *the tools already available*, they need to be
> able to do so effectively. Throwing money into a new piece of technology
> won't fix that at all...
> I'm trying to propose a better long term solution and find free software
> alternatives to this. My suggestion was using a tablet PC and software that
> allows you to draw on the screen. Simple screenshots (or screencasts) can be
> used to save lessons, if nothing more advanced is already available. This is
> also a great place to fit Ubuntu in the classroom since they'll be investing
> in new computers for this anyways.
> SO, i need help coming up with the best alternative to this interactive
> whiteboard crap. Please let me know if you have any ideas!
> P.S. Handwriting recognition seems to be something that is included in some
> applications for tablets...shouldn't there be some sort of framework or
> something for this so that any application can use it? Does this already
> exist or is there a good place to suggest this?
> Thanks so much!
> .danny
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