Build Your Own “Brightboard”

Brightboard vs Whiteboard = $ vs $$$$

[ Build Your Own Board – Brightboards Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative to Interactive Whiteboards … by Keith Vallis and Peter Williamson in the August 2009 issue of Learning and Leading with Technology. ]

I read through the article briefly in the Library as I was waiting for a meeting to begin.  I had to come back to it to see if I had gotten the gist and actually had some idea of how to actually implement a setup.

Basically, you’re going to hook up your laptop to your projector.  Your applications or PowerPoint presentation are going to be on the laptop (and you could be hardwired or wireless to the Internet).  The wireless Bluetooth pen tablet is going to allow you to walk around the room, or sit away from your laptop.  If you want to be able to type from across the room, you will have to have a separate wireless keyboard (and mouse?)

WIRELESS KEYBOARD, MOUSE, & SPEAKERS:

Sorry for you.”  Some time ago, I bought, at Walmart, a Logitech Cordless

Logitech Cordless Desktop Keyboard Mouse w/ Speakers
Logitech Cordless Desktop Keyboard Mouse w/ Speakers

Desktop Keyboard, Mouse w/ Speakers.  I seem to recall that the total price was under $30.  *That’s not the case now.  Looks like prices are now around $80.  **The one thing that I really disliked about this setup was that the battery power was always on (unless you removed the batteries).  There should have been an on/off switch on the keyboard so that you didn’t drain battery power, even if they were rechargeable.

WIRELESS PEN TABLET (& MOUSE?):

I think the only wireless offering that Wacom currently has is the

Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6 x 8-Inch Tablet
Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6 x 8-Inch Tablet

Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6 x 8-Inch Tablet.  Comes with a wireless mouse.  I found this offered at Amazon.com for about $200.

WIRELESS BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY:

If your laptop doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, Amazon.com suggested also

IOGear USB 2.0 Bluetooth Micro Adapter GBU421
IOGear USB 2.0 Bluetooth Micro Adapter GBU421

ordering the IOGear USB 2.0 Bluetooth Micro Adapter GBU421 for another $15.  It’s a cute little thing, not much more than a “black head” on a male USB connector.  *Only get this if your laptop doesn’t already have Bluetooth connectivity.

Okay, so now I wait until probably next Monday or Tuesday for the pen tablet to arrive.  I can then “play” with the setup and see if I like it or not.

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