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    Okay, as you all know I teach math and science and was looking at using a Graphics Tablet to write down my notes and diagrams so I can save them, and then use them in the future etc. Also, I cold use handwriting recognition etc to have it converted into text and then be able to post notes on my school's website etc.

    Does anyone have any experience with any graphics tablets that would be good for school use?? I am looking at one where I will be doing more writing than photo or graphics editing so a decent writing recognition program is a must along with a good writing to text program. I have seen the Wacom Bamboo fun, but it seems more like a toy, and I also looked at Adesso but do not like the battery power (4 AAA). How reliable are the pens, and how much extra are replacements? Thanks for the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by spjon25 View Post
    Okay, as you all know I teach math and science and was looking at using a Graphics Tablet to write down my notes and diagrams so I can save them, and then use them in the future etc. Also, I cold use handwriting recognition etc to have it converted into text and then be able to post notes on my school's website etc.

    Does anyone have any experience with any graphics tablets that would be good for school use?? I am looking at one where I will be doing more writing than photo or graphics editing so a decent writing recognition program is a must along with a good writing to text program. I have seen the Wacom Bamboo fun, but it seems more like a toy, and I also looked at Adesso but do not like the battery power (4 AAA). How reliable are the pens, and how much extra are replacements? Thanks for the help
    I have experience with a wacom tablet but never in the capacity you are looking for, so I can't say how well they work for writting and recognizing. but I did find a device that will work nicely for you.ACE CAD Enterprise Co., Ltd - DigiMemo L2 One of my coworkers uses one of these and loves it as he can write his notes on paper and the tablet will record all the notes and will also transfer them into the computer. As far as character recognition, I am not too sure. But this device is probably your best bet as this is exactly what is was created for.
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    I have quite a bit of experience with tablets as a motion graphics artist. I have tried to use it for notes and such, but it really wasn't very efficient.

    What RP pointed you to is something a co-worker of mine recommended too. But considering it was just simple notes here and there, and already owning a tablet, it seemed silly to purchase. But, like RP noted, the DigiMemo is MADE for what you're looking to do.

    Amazon even has it. [ame=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000LD25MC/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v= glance] SolidTek DM-L2 DigiMemo L2 8-1/2-by-11-Inch Digital Notepad[/ame]

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    See I am looking for an input device that I can plug into my trust iBook G4, that is hooked up to an LCD projector to display notes. I got dinged on my evaluation last year cause my handwriting was not the neatest. (Damnit I teach math)

    I just really do not want to do trial and error cause that can get pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spjon25 View Post
    See I am looking for an input device that I can plug into my trust iBook G4, that is hooked up to an LCD projector to display notes. I got dinged on my evaluation last year cause my handwriting was not the neatest. (Damnit I teach math)

    I just really do not want to do trial and error cause that can get pricey.
    I don't believe you will find anything out on the market today that will translate writing to Text in real time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spjon25 View Post
    See I am looking for an input device that I can plug into my trust iBook G4, that is hooked up to an LCD projector to display notes. I got dinged on my evaluation last year cause my handwriting was not the neatest. (Damnit I teach math)

    I just really do not want to do trial and error cause that can get pricey.
    Oops. Being a Mac guy who works predominantly in a Windows world, I always assume I'm assisting PC users.

    If you were on an Intel Mac, it would most likely work running WinXP on Fusion, Parallels, or BootCamp.

    I'm not sure of any Mac-specific hardware.

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    I am not expecting it to convert to text in real time, but after I save it etc. I plan to write, and want it to project what I am writing in real time (via laptop and projector) but that does not need to be text.

    I would only use text to post to the web and such. Pretty much like an overhead but with an LCD projector so I do not have to buy markers, spray, or transparencies. Also, to load images and I can ad notes on the images for students

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    Quote Originally Posted by spjon25 View Post
    See I am looking for an input device that I can plug into my trust iBook G4, that is hooked up to an LCD projector to display notes. I got dinged on my evaluation last year cause my handwriting was not the neatest. (Damnit I teach math)

    I just really do not want to do trial and error cause that can get pricey.
    Although there is a program that integrates with Microsoft word (Mac also) that will allow you to do math problems which can be projected through an LCD. When I worked at The Buckley School, we used this software. I will see if I can find it and maybe this will be able to help you out.

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    RP, is it called MathType? I already have that installed on my computers, but for 6th grade math it is kind of clunky. (Fractions and such are a real pain). I would like to project problems that I write out and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spjon25 View Post
    I am not expecting it to convert to text in real time, but after I save it etc. I plan to write, and want it to project what I am writing in real time (via laptop and projector) but that does not need to be text.

    I would only use text to post to the web and such. Pretty much like an overhead but with an LCD projector so I do not have to buy markers, spray, or transparencies. Also, to load images and I can ad notes on the images for students
    I completely understand what you are looking to do I am just not finding any solutions that would be exactly what you are looking for. Meaning one that won't break the bank.

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