As the budget manager for my department (LAL), I have some additional funds that I would like to use for technology resources to put technology in the hands of my staff. I would like to purchase iTouches, but would like to know if anyone else has found them to be useful in the LAL classroom. If not, what other items could I purchase for staff to use to increase student achievement while fostering a 21st century classroom?
iPod Touch is a great idea. However, don't plan on buying these, handing them out and seeing big changes. Plan on lots of training time. Reflection on how they can be used should begin before purchase. They are a wonderful tool, but like a race car, it doesn't do anything when it is sitting in the garage. And if you put grandma behind the wheel, it probably won't go very fast. With proper training and planning, it will get you where you want to go in record time. GOOD LUCK!
The wiimote smartboard is a neat option. The price is certainly right (if you have the LCD projector already). Keep in mind though that it is a hack and not for the novice techie. I have been using a wiimote board in my room for over a year now and it's great!
We have iBoards and Smartboards and some teacher have reviewed Promethean Boards and Mimios, but i will look into wiimotes - is it a complicated board that requires lots of PD or is it just one of those things you need to get comfortable with? If you have a contact person or a salesperson that information would be good to have or I can just google it - thanks guys!
Actually, a wiimote smartboard consists of three pieces of hardware and one piece of software. First, the hardware:
1. A wiimote (about $45.00 at Walmart)
2. A bluetooth adapter (unless there is already one in the computer that you're going to use. By the way, if you do buy one, I recommend the one at the source (Click here for the link). It works perfectly right out of the box)
3. An infrared light pen (you can build one for about $5 or buy one on ebay for about $20 at Click here for ebay link)