Interactive whiteboard design

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.

Interactive whiteboard

2) Interactive projector that connects to your PC and then used with your computer and classroom whiteboard.

Interactive projector

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.

Whiteboard interactive device

4) This seems to be a new entry.  It is a combination short throw projector and interactive-whiteboard.

Short throw projector with 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.

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Everex $399 CloudBook available at Walmart.com on the 15th

Everex Cloudbook

The much anticipated $399 Everex Cloudbook is making its way to a classroom near you later this month. According to Everex’s website, the CloudBookwill be available at Walmart.com and ZaReason.com beginning 2/15/08. Additional Preinstalled and Linked Software
Mozilla Firefox, gMail, Meebo, Skype, Wikipedia, GIMP, Blogger, YouTube, Xing Movie Player, RythemBox, Faqly, Facebook and OpenOffice.org 2.3 (includes WRITER, IMPRESS, DRAW, CALC, BASE)

Hardware Specifications
1.2GHz, VIA C7®-M Processor ULV, 512MB DDR2 533MHz, SDRAM, 30GB Hard Disk Drive, 7″ WVGA TFT Display (800 x 480), VIA UniChrome Pro IGP Graphics, VIA High-Definition Audio, 802.11b/g, (1) 10/100 Ethernet Port, (1) DVI-I Port, (2) USB 2.0 Ports, (1) 4-in1 Media Card Reader, (1) .3MP Webcam, (1) Headphone/Line-Out Port, (1) Microphone/Line-In Port, (1) Set of Stereo Speaker, (1) Touchpad, (1) 4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Introducing the Sony PCS-XG80 1080i video conferencing system

Sony PCS-XG80

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.

Via [Engadget]

Still relevent

A few years old, but still useful – “Learning to Work with IT” :

http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=best_practices&article=30-1

How did I miss this?

TOP 100 TOOLS FOR LEARNING 2007
By Popularity

http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top1002007.html

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.

My visit to Thomas Edison Tower Museum

This is a video I created during my visit to Thomas Edison Tower Museum in September, 2007.