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More Interactive Whiteboards, Please

Ohio TESOL 2009 was 10/31-11/1 in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio TESOL 2009 was 10/31-11/1 in Columbus, Ohio.

Ivan and I presented the $50 Interactive Whiteboard to a standing-room-only audience of other teachers of English to speakers of other languages at Ohio TESOL this weekend.  Not only have I now distributed all five from my original Ohio TESOL grant, but I’ve also got over a dozen people signed up for test drives.  Looks like I need to write another grant.

If you’re reading this and you’re a member of Ohio TESOL, let me know if you’re interested in test-driving this technology.  We might be able to put one in your hands soon!

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How do I know my IR LED works?

An Infrared LED as seen through the camera on a cell phone.

An Infrared LED as seen through the camera on a cell phone.

Look at it through your cell phone’s camera.  What a great tip!  8 more can be found at Wiimote Project.com.  I’m a little bit behind the curve on some of this stuff, but they’ve got great info on building IR pens for Wiimote interactive whiteboards and building them right.

Next week, Ivan and I present our progress at Ohio TESOL.  From there, one or both of us will be headed to TESOL and, if accepted, CALICO.  If you see us, come say, “Hi!”

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Grant in Action – Bob’s Got One

Bob tries out his $50 Interactive Whiteboard. Bob tries out his $50 Interactive Whiteboard. Bob tries out his $50 Interactive Whiteboard.

Bob tries out his $50 Interactive Whiteboard.

I’ve been buying up parts galore for my $50 Interactive Whiteboard grant. Got 5 Wiimotes and am working on 2 pens for each.  (I’ve bought up 2 Radio Shacks worth of infrared LEDs!) So far Bob and Ivan have theirs are are working on ways to use them.

Here are some photos of Bob taking his for a test drive.  It definitely takes some getting used to.  It’s easy to block the camera or change the angle of the pen, which can affect where the infrared light beam shines and, consequently, where the computer reads your mouseclick.

But, it’s lots of fun.  Bob left with a big grin and is eager to bring this technology to the classroom.  Special thanks again to Peter, ESL Tech Support, for helping to get everything up and running smoothly.  Look for more early results soon.

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