The $75 Smartboard Alternative

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The $75 Smartboard Alternative

  1. 1. THE $75 SMARTBOARD ALTERNATIVE Adam Binet, Supply Teacher – District 2 January 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Utilizing some low cost gadgets it has been discovered that one can create a “SmartBoard” alternative for as little as $75. </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered by Johnny Chung Lee, a Graduate PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. </li></ul>Created Adam Binet / adam@adambinet.com / 506.961.6967
  3. 3. <ul><li>Nintendo Wii Remote ($40) </li></ul><ul><li>IR Keychain Light ($15) </li></ul><ul><li>USB Bluetooth Adapter ($20) </li></ul>Created Adam Binet / adam@adambinet.com / 506.961.6967
  4. 4. Wii Remote connects wirelessly to laptop Laptop projects through data projector Wii Remote sensor covers projected screen Computer image projected onto screen Teacher uses IR light which acts as the mouse Created Adam Binet / adam@adambinet.com / 506.961.6967
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  6. 6. <ul><li>The key is that this system is as easy, if not easier to setup and use as the widely popular “SmartBoards”. </li></ul><ul><li>At a fraction of the cost, it is now feasible to have these SmartBoard alternatives running in several classrooms instead of just one or two per school. </li></ul><ul><li>And with data projectors as low as $399 now, this whole system can be setup and running for under $500. </li></ul>Created Adam Binet / adam@adambinet.com / 506.961.6967
  7. 7. <ul><li>I would propose to setup a prototype at the District Office or at a school to try it out. </li></ul><ul><li>Give several teachers and staff a chance to use the system and see if they think it would satisfy their needs and if it could truly replace SmartBoards. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is deemed to be an innovative solution, then a bulk purchase of the components could be done, again helping to minimize costs. </li></ul>Created Adam Binet / adam@adambinet.com / 506.961.6967
  8. 8. <ul><li>The process to setup and install this system is relatively simple and not time consuming. </li></ul><ul><li>Info sessions on PD days or at staff meetings could be done to demonstrate how to use the system – perhaps one lead per school could be in charge of helping to setup these systems in their schools. </li></ul><ul><li>I would love to help with a prototype and/or assist the Technology Mentors in setting these up. </li></ul>Created Adam Binet / adam@adambinet.com / 506.961.6967
  9. 9. <ul><li>Adam Binet: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>506.961.6967 </li></ul></ul>Created Adam Binet / adam@adambinet.com / 506.961.6967

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