A few months ago I found this interesting video about a home-made interactive whiteboard (a la smartboard) made by Johnny Chung Lee, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Outside of the niftyness factor of making your own cool tool using a wii remote, this project can also create huge savings for schools. A smartboard can set you back from 1000 (without projector) to 5000 dollars (with all the bells and whistles, including integrated projector) , while this project, on top of a projector, will cost you about 45$ for the wii controller and a few extra dollars for hardware.
This morning I found detailed instructions, including free software downloads for LED pen calibration to help ease the process, for building the project on Johnny Chung Lee’s website. Very cool stuff.
Imagine the money that could be re-directed directly to teacher professional development and school improvement if schools went the way of open-source…sigh…
I love this. I work in a really affluent (seriously, like one of the top few in the US) which won’t even DISCUSS open-source software. Something like this would blow their minds.
Of course, I’m in line for a Smartboard next year, so…