As a teacher, do you find it difficult to make large-group presentations
in a classroom because you need to stay near the computer? Would
you love to be able to make sketches or notes and enlarge images
or capture screenshots while using a computer projector? Califone's
Wireless Tablet Interface makes all of this possible while enabling
you to walk around the room and interact with your students. This
little tablet opens up a variety of options for anyone presenting
to a group and perhaps even to a single student.
The tablet itself is lightweight and no bigger than a Kindle or
Nook. It will allow the user to wirelessly control the computer
desktop from up to 50 feet away. If it is connected to a projector
or whiteboard, the learning opportunities are endless. The buttons
on the left side of the tablet allow the device to be used as a
PC mouse to go up, down, left, right, previous and next page, close
current applications, switch applications, Esc, and clear handwriting.
The right side has on-screen operations that allow the device to
write on the whiteboard/desktop and control several functions such
a magnification of the screen, resizing the window, opening a clock/timer,
recording the whiteboard sessions, and saving a snapshot of the
current screen. There are several different preset pen colors to
choose from and many more in the Settings menu.
The whole setup is very quick. I had it up and running in no time
at all. Califone's customer service is very good and ready to handle
any questions or technical difficulties that arise. I do not own
a projector, so I was only able to use it on my desktop. I simply
pulled out the stylus, which is stored on the tablet itself, and
was able to control my computer's desktop from across the table.
I could magnify Web pages, circle specific text with the pen, erase
all my marks with one tap, open and close windows, and much more.
At first I didn't see a use for this in a homeschool setting and
thought it would be best in classrooms and co-ops, which is what
it was developed for. But as I started to play with it, I realized
how great it could be in a small group or even one-on-one setting.
My son does not like to read information on a website or other
programs on the computer. He finds it boring; I think the amount
of information on a page is just too overwhelming. This product
would solve that problem. I could use the pen function to circle
specific information on a page to help him focus. I could literally
black out everything around an area on the page/website, making
it even easier for him to concentrate on what I wanted him to learn.
I could hand the tablet to him and tell him to find and circle
certain information, which would be much more motivating that just
reading and telling me about it. For a student with learning disabilities,
this tablet could actually make computer learning fun with its
If you are working with several small groups, you could use more
than one tablet at a time. There are 18 frequency channels available,
making it possible for several groups to use these without interference.
The students would be actively engaged and able to participate
much more than with just a lecture.
The package comes with the following items:
- Wireless Interface Tablet (for Windows only)
- USB Receiver
- Two AA rechargeable batteries
- 3-foot USB cord
- Installation CD
- User Manual
This tablet was actually a lot of fun to use. As a former public
school teacher, I could definitely see this being an enhancement
to presentations in a classroom setting. As a homeschool parent,
I can see the benefits of using this with children to make computer
learning easier and more interactive. It's definitely worth looking
into if you want to make your students more involved in learning