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Discounted Microsoft Equipment?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by bw999, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. We are planning to use Kodu as a tool to teach some programming at KS3, and I would really like a class sets of joypads for students touse. The Xbox pad for Windows is around £20, meaning to fill 2 rooms would be £800+, students sharing would still cost £400 or so.

    A few questions I am hoping someone will be kind enough to help me with:
    Does anyone know if cheaper pads (unofficial) work with Kodu? Do M$ offer any discounts on this sort of equipment? Is it worth becoming a M$ Academy with the view they might be able to support with this?
     
  2. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    The mouse/keyboard interface is similar but not quite the same - we get students to use their own Xbox controller or the mouse/keyboard. As you say the cost would be prohibitive and I like Kodu [​IMG]
    Cheaper pads do work and can be found in second hand shops for about £10. MadCatz definitely work (I have one).

     
  3. I know the mouse/keyboard works (tried last year to varying success) but I think I will gain instant goodwill from most students by providing joypads! There are some funding routes I am going to try, I will also look at alternatives to the official pad (I presume if one works they all will, perhaps needing a driver).
    Out of interest while I am here, has anyone tried programming for Kinect (another item on my list of things to try and scrounge funding for!)? I'm thinking this could be very useful/motivating for A2 Computin.
     

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