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General Chat Thread, Interactive whiteboards in General; I teach primary (age 4-11 - i teach 6/7 yr olds). When we first got them, they were used very ...
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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    I teach primary (age 4-11 - i teach 6/7 yr olds). When we first got them, they were used very much like a flip chart - people would say 'oh great I can save the work I've done'. That's not worth £2k. Before we got them in we started putting projectors in the classroom with wireless keyboards and mice - however, they were never really used.
    It's taken over a year but they are being used more and more all the time. Our head found £30k down the back of the sofa and we kitted all the classrooms out. This helps because people learn from each other.
    The IWB is so good for being, well, interactive. Of course, much of it is down to what software have for them - but even being able to knock up a quick table in a second (without having to get my board ruler out) is handy.
    IWBs can't make bad teachers good but they can help good teachers to be better. I don't know what I'd do without mine now. I would not work at a school that didn't have them.

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    Post removed due to poss legal implications - Ric_

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    Just found this tonight after listening to the Unencyclopedia song and realising it was the same tune - http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements2.swf if you play that its ace, I rememeber seeing the old version where it was all coloured words flying up the screen but this brings a new spin on it. Great for use on your interactive boards.

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    And you've got nowhere you can upload those .exes to John? :P

    Please do not ask for software - Ric_

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    Post removed due to poss legal implications - Ric_

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    Though I understand the possible legal implications. In this case the license included with this software specifically states that it can be redistributed, modified and posted on websites for non commercial purposes. In fact for a M$ license it's pretty friendly!

    You may use this Software for any non-commercial purpose, subject to the restrictions in
    this License. Some purposes which can be non-commercial are teaching, academic
    research, public demonstrations and personal experimentation. You may also distribute
    this Software with books or other teaching materials, or publish the Software on
    websites, that are intended to teach the use of the Software for academic or other non-
    commercial purposes.

    ...

    If the Software includes source code or data, you may modify such portions of the
    Software and distribute the modified Software for non-commercial purposes, as provided
    herein.
    Full License

    Having said that I'm new here so if there's a blanket policy let me know!

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    Reverse Engineering is illegal.

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    The source code is freely available from Microsoft. Distributed with the license mentioned above.

    http://research.microsoft.com/resear...d/Details.aspx

    No reverse engineering needed.

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    Re: Interactive whiteboards

    Please comply with Section 4. Also be aware that section 11 makes you vulnerable to being sued by MS for patent violations.

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