Low-Cost Interactive Applications for the MacBook – Touch-Screen, Interactive Whiteboard, Gesture Recognition

I just figured out how to embed videos, so I decided to re-post my Interactive Applications video. This video shows educators how to use low-cost interactive applications on their MacBooks. I personally think the Wiimote whiteboard will be the most applicable with students. I plan to have students directly using it just as much as me.

I have an interest in sharing the Wiimote Whiteboard with as many educators as possible. On the Internet, I shared it on my blog, Classroom 2.0, Assistive Technology.ning, YouTube, and the QIAT listserv. Others saw my video and then shared it on their blogs and websites. I also shared the Wiimote whiteboard with my school district via email, and I’ve been demonstrating it in classes throughout the district. I’ve used it with each one of my speech groups in pull-out and push-in formats. I had my middle school students using the Wiimote whiteboard with Tuxpaint and EduSim 3d. Last Friday, I demonstrated the Wiimote whiteboard at a special education preschool class in our school district. I trained two of the preschoolers to use the Wiimote whiteboard with Starfall and Literactive, and Classroom Suite 4.

Yesterday, I demonstrated the Wiimote whiteboard at the San Diego County Office of Education for about 20 AT Specialists throughout San Diego. I told the AT Specialists that they could watch my video to find out where to purchase the Wiimote whiteboard supplies. I encouraged them to buy the supplies, and I would provide support to set everything up. My hope is that they use it not only with their students, but their colleagues as well. I’d like to see educators “paying the Wiimote whiteboard technology forward;” that is, I want them to share the technology with their colleagues, who share it with their colleagues, who share it with theirs, and so on.

I want to describe the reactions I’ve been receiving. From students and teachers alike, they say things including, “Wow,” “how’d you do that?,” and “how can I do that?.” In most cases I refer them to my video. I think it’s the easiest way to see how to make the Wiimote whiteboard. One thing necessary to use the whiteboard is a free software application that can be downloaded from Johnny Lee’s website. I provided this link in my video (at 1:18), but it blended in with the background.

If you setup the Wiimote whiteboard and use it with students and teachers. I’d like to know what applications you’re using with it. Feel free to share the information in this blog posting’s comments. That way you can share the information with me and others.


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