A colleague from the non-profit sector recently posed the following question:
Do you have thoughts about smart boards and their value to classroom education? I saw an impressive demo recently, but wonder about the long term cost versus educational value of the device.
Got thoughts ? Share?
- Use a Mimeo. These inexpensive devices (a few hundred dollars) are being deployed by colleges and universities as giveaways to new teachers.
- Use a tablet device like the iPad or iPod Touch connected via WiFi to an Apple TV. These devices allow for ANY iOS device to be projected on the screen, allowing each holder of an iOS device their own whiteboard.
- Use a Learning Resources nowBoard! ($499) with computer, nowBoard device, and nowBoard wand to turn any surface into an interactive one. Disclaimer: I have to write a review on this device soon for which I’ve received a demo unit to keep.
Update: A quick conversation with the eminently knowledgeable Liz Kolb revealed that the humor is in the contradictions we set ourselves up for:
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