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Affordable Interactive Whiteboards

Photo: Johnny Lee – Intel conference on Innovation


  • Pen becomes mouse
  • Microsoft Education Pack/Math Input Panel
  • Windows Journal
    • Converting your existing documents
    • Annotating documents
  • Microsoft Ink
    • Tablet version of Microsoft Office
  • 10 minute learning curve for pen placement
    • Angle you hold the pen in order to turn on light
    • Camera cannot see the pen if you block its field of view
    • Multiple remotes can be connected to increase tracking accuracy
  • Typing in keyboard possible but not practical
    • better to move back to computer when text is needed
    • I generally leave the computer close by to type when needed
  • Permissions
    • To buy equipment
    • To install software
necessary equipment
Necessary Equipment
  • Wiimote ($49.95)
  • Found at most major electronic retailers
  • Provides a high resolutions infrared camera
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Necessary Equipment
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Built in to most modern laptops
  • Allows the Wii remote to connect to the PC
  • A USB adapter costs about $30 locally but only $5 incl. shipping from eBay
bluetooth cont
Bluetooth cont’
  • Here is the one I use

(and recommend):

  • It’s 9.99 at NCIX
  • It comes with BlueSoleil

bluetooth drivers

  • It is compatible with the wiimote

necessary equipment2
Necessary Equipment
  • Bluetooth Drivers
  • You need to install the drivers that came with the adapter (or from the manufacturer’s website) in order to get your Bluetooth devices to connect
necessary equipment3
Necessary Equipment
  • Infrared Pen ($10 – $30)
    • Possibly to make your own with a trip to RadioShack… there are many tutorials online
necessary equipment4
Necessary Equipment
  • Software (Standalone – no installation)
    • Free version (Windows only)

      • Everything except annotations
necessary equipment5
Necessary Equipment
  • Software (Runs without IMS)
    • Free version works on Macs

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Necessary Equipment
  • Software (Runs without IMS)
    • SmoothBoard ($30/free trial)

      • Includes annotation toolbars
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Necessary Equipment
  • Software (Runs without IMS)
    • Windows 7 requires updated software (also free)

A few bug fixes have been made here:


All software that was previously mentioned relies on the Microsoft .net Framework

    • Need at least version 3.5 or higher
  • Windows Journal
    • Now comes with Windows Vista/7, XP Tablet PC
    • Can Copy/Paste from your documents/lessons into the journal
    • Any document type can be imported
    • *Must enable Tablet PC Components
  • Microsoft OneNote
    • Print from any document to OneNote Workbook
    • All tablet annotations available
    • Comes with Office 2003/2007
  • MS Word – Ink Annotations
    • Comes in Office XP Tablet PC pack
    • Standard in all other versions since Office 2003 (for tablets)
    • Has autoshapes for clearer annotations than Journal
camtasia screen recorder
Camtasia Screen Recorder
  • Captures video/audio while you work on the computer
  • As you teach a lesson using your interactive whiteboard it can be recorded with no additional effort
  • Tip:
    • Recording is very choppy unless you disable Hardware acceleration (see end slides)
Storing your lessons will fill up your web space fast!
  • YouTube allows you to create a free account with the only limitations:
    • File size < 2GB
    • Time does not exceed 15min
    • F9 = pause, F10 = stop in Camtasia Studio while recording
  • Students can subscribe to your “channel” and will be notified as new videos are available
  • After a defined period, YouTube will automatically remove these restrictions from your account
creating using your account
Creating/Using Your Account
  • Follow the account setup in the top right corner of the browser
  • When you have signed in click the upload button in the top right and locate your video and wait for it to upload
  • Wiimote USB power supply
    • No need for batteries
  • Mounts:
  • The LED can be worn down after a while from the constant scraping
    • Even a smooth whiteboard will wear it out
  • I’ve found that when you

notice this it can be patched

up with clear nail polish

(about once a month)

  • Canada
  • USA
      • I have ordered from them and their shipping was very fast. No tax was charged at the border either 
blended learning model at jh
Blended Learning Model at JH
  • Lessons are due every day
    • Instead of repeating myself over and over again I have the students watch me on YouTube
    • They can control the pace, pause, and rewind
  • I make a computer lab available after school for all 60…
    • But most do the work on their spare or at home
    • Usually less than a dozen show up
the math
The Math
  • There are 2 blocks (60 students) so that would add up to a teacher commitment of 10 blocks per week
    • Same for the students
  • This means I spend half a block after school each day or 2.5 blocks a week in the lab
    • Students also spend 2.5 blocks per week
the math cont
The Math Cont’
  • After the lab time, I am left with 7.5 teaching blocks per week
  • I take the group of 60 and split them into 3 groups of 20
  • Each section gets 2.5 blocks of tutorial time with me per week
    • The missing half of their instructional time
disable hardware acceleration
Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • Windows 7:
    • Right click on the desktop and select.
disable hardware acceleration1
Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • Windows 7:
    • Click Advanced Settings.
disable hardware acceleration2
Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • Windows 7:
    • Select the Troubleshoot tab and click Change Settings.
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Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • Windows 7:
    • Move the arrow to none.
disable hardware acceleration4
Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • Vista:
    • Click Start / Control Panel / Appearance and Personalization.
    • Under Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
    • On the Display Settings dialog, click the Advanced Settings... button.
disable hardware acceleration5
Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • Vista:
    • On the monitor properties dialog, click the Troubleshoot tab.
    • Click the Change settings button.
    • On the security dialog, click Continue.
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Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • Vista:
    • Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to the third notch.
    • Click OK.
    • Restart Windows.
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Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • XP:
    • Right-click the desktop, then on the context menu, click Properties.
    • Click the Settings tab, then click Advanced.
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Disable Hardware Acceleration
  • XP:
    • Click the Troubleshoot tab.
    • Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to the third notch.
    • Click OK, then Close.
    • Close and restart the player