While I was up at Nipissing University recently, I was pleased to find out that although the Pre-Service Teacher Program has an active SmartBoard program, they are also investing an inexpensive alternative, the WiiMote Whiteboard. I interviewed Ken Waller, the Iteach Co-ordinator and Education Faculty Member about the WiiMote Project including how to set up the WiiMote Whiteboard. What resulted is the 18 minute video below which provides a plethora of tips and tricks for getting this inexpensive technology working in any classroom. Hopefully Ken Waller’s excitement about the project will spill over to a classroom near you!
I’m thinking that a worthy addition to the blue WiiMote Kit would be a flash drive loaded with the above video, several portable applications such as kindlelabs, VBDoodle, OpenOffice and Edusim, and lastly several ‘ready-made’ activities.
In order to provide a comprehensive instructional video, I needed to rely on other sources around the web… including numerous creative commons copyrighted works and thankfully I received permission from several others who didn’t have their work listed CC. Here is a list of additional resources:
You can listen to an extended version of my conversation with Ken Waller about the WiiMote Whiteboard here (right click to download 30 minute 27meg mp3 file)