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Anyone using the BlinkM RGB light with an Arduino?  Having a weird issue where code works when the light is seated on the Arduino itself, but if we try to move it to a breadboard, it no longer works.  We're ultimately aiming for having a couple of sensors that create particular colors.
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Thanks for the feedback.  I think we have it figured out now.  We'll be adding another sensor today, so we'll see how that goes.
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Hi Everyone,

I have 3 students trying to get the Adafruit WAV shield working.  Two are  just getting a card initialization error.  My other student just isn't getting anything to happen.  Anyone have any luck with these or have troubleshooting tips?
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Cards should be FAT16 I think.  You should post in the Adafruit forums for best service if they were bought from Adafruit.  My issue when I built one was cold joints on the tiny card holder.
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Looking for a way to Tweet to an LCD screen connected to Arduino.  I've seen some similar projects, but nothing quite close enough.  I'm especially looking for the wiring piece of it, as I think I understand the coding.  Any good pictures out there that show how to wire all this up? Thanks!
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you might want to work on your project in pieces first, and then try and connect those pieces.  For starters writing to the LCD (pretty simple), there are lots of instructions out there.  Shouldnt be any different with the ethernet shield.  After you get that working try to connect to the web and make a few web requests and output some of that results to the screen.  When you have all that working connecting your app to twitter shouldn't be too difficult, but the code you have for connecting to twitter might be outdated, so check for changes to the API.
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Need some help with Node/Sensor stuff.  Trying to make it so that when I press the button on the Node, the sensor buzzes--using a simple speaker for this to create a tone.   Anyone used these and had luck?
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Question about sensors: What kind of temperature sensors are there and how sensitive are they? Would they work for a "mood bracelet"? Question 2: What about distance sensors?  What are some good options?
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I beg to suggest to seek in internet for biometric issues before buying anything, forse example look for EDA, it could be easier to measure than temperature.
About the proximity sensor, what about a simple RF transmitter, and a receiver that alert you when the signal is lost?
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Hi everyone! I'm looking for help/resources to work with some teachers whose tech skills are still at the basic level.  There's a lot of fear of technology, I think, and maybe reluctance to try something new.  Most of these teachers teach the lower grades as well, where I'm not as familiar with the curriculum (I mostly work in Middle and High School).  I want to push them a little out of their comfort zone, but I also don't want to freak them out.  And I want to encourage them to spend some time getting their tech skills at a level where they will feel more comfortable.  Anyone have strategies or ideas?
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Thanks for all the ideas, everyone!  I had a couple of meetings with teachers yesterday, one of which went extraordinarily well.  We worked on a Prezi project for 4th grade.  They were pretty excited about it.  I'm looking forward to seeing how well that works.
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  • The Baldwin School
    Computer Science Coordinator, 2010 - present
  • Bryn Mawr College
    Instructional Technologist, 2003 - 2008
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K-12 Computer Science teacher, blogger, gamer, mom
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    Ph.D., English, 1999 - 2007
  • University of Arkansas
    M.A. English, 1997 - 1999
  • Rhodes College
    B.A. Creative Writing, 1986 - 1990
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