I know there is some debate about the usefulness and inventiveness of interactive whiteboards, however, I can say from my own experience that for those that directly teach or lecture on any topic, the interactive whiteboard provides an incredibly tool for making presentations more rich.
I was intrigued with Wes Fryer’s $5-to-$10 iPad IWB hack, going as far as installing the software and playing with it during some workshops I taught this summer.
I have stumbled upon a better solution that is both automatically cross-platform and cheaper: Splashtop Whiteboard.
Splashtop is not new, and is actually recommended as an alternative in Wes’s original post, however, Splashtop has now created a $10 app that makes the addition of SMART Notebook software and Ink2Go unnecessary.
I have put together a brief screencast demonstrating the functionality:
- Splashtop Streamer (Free, available for Windows and Mac)
- Splashtop Whiteboard ($9.99, available for iPad 1 and 2)
(As an aside, for those that what to see some of the debate on interactive whiteboards, the above-referenced entry on Wes’s blog includes a fascinating discussion about the usefulness of these devices and the merits of the investment.)