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Further to the comments below regarding the Wii board. We have four of them in use at our school here in China. We have a Mimeo sitting in a box because teachers just didn't like it. The Wii interface is super simple if you are just wanting to have students interact with manipulatives, like the open-source PHET physics Flash activities from the University of Colorado. http://phet.colorado.edu/index.php We have some videos from a high school and elementary teacher that can be viewed in the Wii Board at AISG section at: http://www.aisgz.edu.cn/moodle/course/view.php?id=86 You may have to be patient with the videos loading as we're in China, but they do show the boards in action with comments from teachers. > From: Joe Frost <Joe.Frost@phoenixchristian.org> > > Is this thread just to compare the two or would you like some crazy geek > stuff > tossed into the equation? > > We looked up alternatives to smart boards and found an open source > software > that when used in conjunction with a Wii and a IR pen you can create your > own > for a couple hundred dollars. > > Don't quote me on the price, I'll get with my Tech Teacher, but it does > work. > In fact, I've told him a few times to video the thing in use and post it > up on > YouTube. > > I'll get the equipment list and costs to you asap. > > Joe > > ________________________________ > >> From: Leo Willems <willems....@googlemail.com> >> >> mimio is extremely portable, and therefore possible to be shared among >> teachers. That would give more teachers the opportunity to get a taste >> on interactive whiteboards. >> >> However you might consider your whiteboard software and content > strategy. >> >> Which software would you like to support in training, professional >> development and in content sharing. >> >> SMART like Promethean has a big content sharing community. mimio has >> not much from this point of view. >> >> I think SMART excludes the use of their software on other interactive >> whiteboards. minio has a nice whiteboard software. >> SMART, Promethean and mimio file formats are not exchangeable, they >> are proprietary. >> >> You might get some integration in content when you use internet based >> content (HTML, Ajax, Flash, Java). With internet content the >> whiteboard software would be less important in determining the content >> file format. >> >> wiimote would be an even lower buget approach for interactive > whiteboard. >> >> Here are some example of online >> > whiteboards:http://www.scriblink.com/http://www.imaginationcubed.com/http://www.skrbl.com/http://www.dabbleboard.com/ >> >> Similar but different:http://prezi.com/http://thumbtack.livelabs.com/ >> >> Content > (Flash)http://www.sums.co.uk/http://www.sums.co.uk/SUMScontent.htm >> >> >> >>> From: "Pillar, Joleen" <pill...@GilbertSchool.org> >> >>> We currently have 6 SMARTBoards and will be purchasing several more > next >>> year. Before we do, I would like some input on purchasing Mimeo > instead. If >>> anyone has any pros/cons of using Mimeo instead of a SMARTBOard, I > would >>> appreciate the comments. >> >>> TIA, Jody >> >>> Joleen (Jody) Pillar, LMS >>> The Gilbert School >>> 200 Williams Avenue >>> Winsted, CT 06098 >>> (860) 379-8521 >> >>> pill...@gilbertschool.org >> >> --- ....................................................................... Robert Bauer Information Technology Director American International School of Guangzhou Tel: (8620) 8735-3392 Fax: (8620) 8735-3339 firstname.lastname@example.org --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH