I am starting to learn that there are many design choices when it comes to classroom interactive whiteboards.
From a hardware standpoint I see 4 main choices on the market right now:
1) A touch-sensitive whiteboard that connects to your computer and digital projector. In the past when I heard someone say smart-board this is what came to my mind.
2) Interactive projector that connects to your PC and then used with your computer and classroom whiteboard.
3) An interactive device that attaches to a classroom whiteboard, connects to your PC by wire or wirelessly and then used with your computer and projector.
4) This seems to be a new entry. It is a combination short throw projector and interactive-whiteboard.
If you know of any other designs let me know.
Each of the above designs is limited by the manufacture’s software features which will be a great subject for another post.
Just when you thought your classroom had the latest and greatest in classroom video conferencing hardware Sony introduces the PCS-XG80, the “industry’s first” 1080i high-definition videoconferencing system.
According to the electronics-maker Sony of Canada Ltd. , the PCS-XG80 will provide a frame rate of 60 fields-per-second, while users can share PC data at 30 fps over IP or ISDN connections.
The PCS-XG80 has dual stream functionality, which allows the system to send two simultaneous streams of live, HD information, like a live camera and animated PowerPoint presentation.
It also comes equipped multi-point conferencing, allowing users to call up to five other remote sites to meet simultaneously.
Sony’s PCS-XG80 will be available in Spring 2008 for under $9,000.
TOP 100 TOOLS FOR LEARNING 2007
It is interesting how Microsoft doesn’t even show up on the list until #10. Times have changed.
Audacity, a podcasting favorite is # 11.
Lots of free tools in the list including Cute PDF Writer, a PDF Conversion tool.
This is a video I created during my visit to Thomas Edison Tower Museum in September, 2007.