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I would like to create a useful Smartboard application- any suggestions?

Asked by pallen123 (1511 points ) November 28th, 2009

My friend and I have a few weeks to spend between classes developing a Web application and we figured that since so many schools now have Smartboards, maybe there is a useful app we could develop that would help teachers in the classroom. Anyone have experience with them? Ideas for apps that would be helpful?

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troubleinharlem's avatar

Well… I’m not a teacher, but students like games, right? You could develop a template sort of thing where the whole thing is set up already and they don’t have to go to powerpoint or whatever. that was stupid…

reacting_acid's avatar

Wow thats a lot of topics…

the100thmonkey's avatar

Something that lets me “minimize” a webpage in a browser (please not just IE), or even just a window, to a thumbnail which can be moved around the board by touch – a bit like Bumptop, while also showing the links between the windows – i.e. which window was opened from which other window. This would give teacher and student a visual timeline of the pages opened in the lesson and (hopefully) how they relate to each other.

It would be very useful (and trivially easy to program, I suspect) if the app could then create a text document of the urls visited and send them to a pre-defined mailing list at the end of the lesson.

Also, allowing lesson commentary (pre-, post- and mid-) to be added (by either the teacher or learner in text or AV formats) would be useful. Think real-time wiki.

PooperDood's avatar

I would have a suggestion for you but my bro is working on it and it’s a secret so I can’t tell you.

kruger_d's avatar

Is there an app that will let you draw with laser light?

ModernEpicurian's avatar

An app that would allow one to create a simple (yet fun! Obviously!) quiz that could be used at the end of each lesson.

The ability to quickly create a quiz that could be used at the end of each lesson without it becoming a burden for teachers to prepare would be a great help.

malcolm.knapp's avatar

interactive physics demos

Yanaba's avatar

anything that gameifies the learning process, gives people points, adds silliness without wasting time or distracting too much attention. See all the TED talks on making the learning environment into a game, giving students points they can earn like in video games for completing portions of task inside timelines, etc. Actually the Khan Academy’s site does a good job of this, especially with the activity section, but how you’d bring that sort of thing to Smartboard I’m not really sure.

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