Teacher uses Wii remote to make own SMART Board

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Academics, Language arts

By Ciara Daniels
Staff writer

When new eighth-grade language arts teacher Jake Heermans came to Cactus Canyon from Apache Junction High School, he found a room stocked with technology. A projector, document camera, and a netbook for every student.
It wasn’t enough.
Mr. Heermans devised a way to make his own SMART Board using a Nintendo Wii remote. It took him about five hours, but he said it has been completely worth it because the software is far more interactive and interesting than a plain whiteboard.
SMART Boards allow teachers to integrate a standard whiteboard – or in Mr. Heermans’ case, his wall – with a computer.
“I think the Wii SMART Board is far more interactive with students. It’s a huge improvement in my opinion,” Mr. Heermans said. “I let the kids come up and use it with mindsets and class work. Some students are a bit shy and embarrassed to come up there, because it makes your handwriting look kind of childish.”
The majority of Mr. Heermans students like it a lot more than just an ordinary whiteboard. It may look like some of their handwriting is childish, but there are a lot of good things about it. It could possibly improve some students’ education because they are interacting with other students while interacting with Mr. Heermans at the same time.
“I honestly think it could improve a lot of students’ education. Being able to go up and use the SMART Board in front of the whole class is a lot of fun,” said eighth grader Taylor Smith. “I feel like I have already learned more because when I used a regular whiteboard, I wasn’t as interested.”

  1. Joyce Gingrich says:

    Great article Ciara! I tried the white board in Mr. Heerman’s room, and it is hard to make your handwriting look “correct”!! I am happy he has put this piece of technology in place for our 8th grade students!

  2. Mrs. Aehlert says:

    This thing is awesome! I want one too!
    You rock Mr. Heermans!

  3. Grifyn says:

    I think the smart board is a great Idea. I think every class should get one.

  4. ashton says:

    I think it is better than writing on a regular whiteboard.Also,there are more things to do on a smartboard than a whiteboard.

  5. Breanna (: says:

    GREAT article Ciara, I used the white broad and it’s really hard to write with. It looks like a thee year olds hand writing. (:

  6. bernardo says:

    The wii remote board is awesome. I haven’t seen any teacher do this.

  7. Alex says:

    I think the Wii Remote it really cool! I like doing the Dlw’s on it!

  8. Bailey says:

    It takes a cooool teacher to do something like this.

  9. summer says:

    I think the Wii remote board is cool, it’s much better than just a white board.

  10. Beatrice says:

    Good article and Mr.Heermans’ smart board is pretty cool!

  11. christal says:

    This is amazing! Im sure it makes learning a lot more fun:)

  12. Donovan says:

    Nice job Ciara, p.s., I’m in that class right now haha. p.p.s he also uses a laser pointer thats not on

  13. Jose says:

    I believe that having a smart board is really cool. Every teacher should get one in there class. By using the smart board class goes by fast and its faster to use a smart board then a normal whit board

  14. Dominic says:

    I think it’s better for the students since we are using laptops now. Also we can follow along better than just the teacher sitting at there desk on there laptop. I think it’s a great idea through every class should have one.

  15. Anthony says:

    I think its fun going up there. In 4th hour, its always fun and the handwriting can be good but also can be bad. Mr. Heermans even said he was the guinea pig of the teachers.

  16. Tanner Garcia says:

    I think the smart boards are awesome every teacher should do it.

  17. Juan Vazquez says:

    Wow! Ciara this is great, and yeah the smart board is amazing, every teacher should have one, but it’s hard to write on.

  18. Beyonna says:

    I think that the wii remote was a good idea Mr. Heermas. (:
    I think it is a more fun way to learn!

  19. duane says:

    This is really cool I have never seen that before. I’ve always used a smart bored never a rigged white bored.

  20. Sam says:

    I think it was a cool idea and that he went way out of the box for this idea. He is an awesome teacher I have ever had.

  21. Caleb Smith says:

    That is amazing! I really like the technology. Mr. Heermans really thought that through and he is a technical genius.

  22. Christopher Morning says:

    The WII remote is a different and not a lot of teacher use SMART boards.

  23. bill says:

    i think that is cool and all classes should have one

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