Using the Pi for a school presentation on a Smartboard


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by mr_wberrypi » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:47 am
Hi I did not find any info about this on the net, but might it be possible to use the Pi for an (prezi, or OpenOffice) presentation in a classroom connected to a smartboard? Secondly it would be nice if, one could use a ipod or smartphone as the pointing/ remote device for that!

Anyone here having experience with this and willing to share the "how to" and "setup"? Would be a nice feature for my Sons (10jr) school-presentation he is preparing on "Computers".

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by mr_wberrypi » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:48 am
Since I can not really try this @home would be nice to have your advise on this matter. So will it be possible having the Pi for an presentation with Prezi, connected to an Digital Smart-board? Any experiences with this? And if so, how did you do that? Thanks
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by ghans » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:12 am
Doesn't a smartboard come with a integrated /addtional PC ?
Seems to be not constructive to re-cable everthing.


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by DeeJay » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:21 am
http://prezi.com/

Seems to need access to 'the Cloud' for storage. Will your Pi have internet access in the classroom? (Standalone Prezi Desktop only supported on Windows and Mac.)

LibreOffice to show either native or PowerPoint presentations might be possible.

How will you connect the Pi to the SmartBoard? Will the AV and/or IT support staff allow you to interfere with the existing connections?
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by mr_wberrypi » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:12 pm
Thanks for the input. I was thinking having it standalone there is internet available. Did not think about the IT staff (which is not really there) since its a very small school. So I was thinking, it might be possible have the Pi plugged into the board with a hdmi cable?
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by DeeJay » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:20 pm
So, maybe it's more about the projector than the Smartboard? Does the projector have hdmi input? Not all do.
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by ghans » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:35 pm
You will loose the input functions of
the smartboard though (touch , special "pens" and eraser)

The browsers on the Pi are notoroiusly slow , too.
Especially with JavaScript.

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by DeeJay » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:43 pm
As ghans says, the final part of the puzzle is the Smartboard control software.

Reading http://www.smarttech.com/Support/Browse+Support/Download+Software/Software/SMART+Notebook+collaborative+learning+software/SMART+Notebook+software/SMART+Notebook+11+software+for+Linux

seems to say that the linux software requires a Pentium (ie "intel") processor. So I think you are going to be unable to control the presentation from the smartboard.
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by mr_wberrypi » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:03 am
Ok, thanks for al your help. will see if I can get something going or not :)
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by Satdxsatdx » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:47 pm
Here is the method I have used,

Install openelec img on the Pi , which gives XBMC enable AirPlay radio button in services.

Then send presentation via AirPlay from iPad or android mobile all share,
Or I tunes on a pc or laptop,

Can't remember if I added something to Plc to get mirror button to show up, but worked ok,

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by ghans » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:13 pm
I don't think this is Airplay Mirroring you used ... just Airplay
but still a ingenious solution. But this does not work with
plain .ppt or .pptx , does it ?


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