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1 Teaching with TabletPCs White Blackboards, Digital Chalk and Slate Computers? Utilizing new technologies with traditional pedagogies

2 Academic Media & Technology looking to future The Instructional Technology Group (ITG) wanted to explore the use of electronic whiteboards like SmartBoards. The StatLab was interested in overflow solutions for their computer classroom. Cluster Support Services (now ACS) was looking into imaging workflows for notebooks. Media Services was looking at alternative ways of providing audio/video capabilities in smaller rooms where overhead projector installation wasn’t desirable.

3 Faculty Focused Professor Brown approaches StatLab He already has a TabletPC Thrilled at having his handwritten notes translated to text Notes available to the students via at the end of class.

4 This Professor’s Pedagogy Uses chalkboards extensively Likes to send students to the board Lots of charts, formulas and graphs Wants students to discuss amongst themselves Computers used towards the end of the semester

5 Next Door

6 Notebook considerations The StatLab (and others) were interested in mobile classrooms Notebooks could be used as overflow machines when standard desktop computer labs exceed capacity. Slate TabletPCs too specialized for general use. Not enough of a benefit over convertible TabletPCs. Wanted to control as many aspects as possible for imaging purposes including drivers, component reliability and vendor relations.

7 Room requirements Nearby IT support required Notebooks and classroom would need to be in close proximity to minimize preparation time Class size needed to be manageable for pilot Needed DVD/VHS and projection Ceiling too high for projector install

8 Classroom Management Software Professor doesn’t want to compete with the technology Restrict access to internet/ /IM Send all of the students to the board at the same time! View student screens remotely Live collaboration, learning and teaching

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10 Putting it all together Everyone draw a Supply and Demand curve given the following information… Student with tablet writes question with diagram for professor review (times N of students) Write the formula for amortization or solve for … SynchronEyes offers other tools not used –Quizzes, File sharing, Screen captures

11 Putting it all together (Election Day Special) Survey: Voted Early, Voted Today, Will Vote Today, Will Not Vote How many stars/stripes in McCain’s logo? How many stars/stripes in the Obama logo? How many “ballot measures” are there in CT this year?

12 Technologies 20 Tablet PCs –15 Lenovo X41 Tablet PCs Smaller and lighter/Not as Fast –5 Gateway M280e Tablet PCs Larger screen/Faster/Built-in CDRW SmartBoard 3000i SynchronEyes Classroom Management Software Microsoft OneNote Windows Journal

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14 Challenges SmartBoard vs. Professor Brown SmartBoard vs. other professors SmartBoard vs. Laptops –Professor Brown’s Fujitsu Problems with quirky Intel Driver –StatLab provided Lenovo Tablet as backup Handwriting recognition dropped as principal component of experiment

15 Lessons Learned Students don’t want it if it affects their grade Not all students prepared to use computers at the same level It takes up to 10 minutes for everyone to login –As opposed to 2 minutes for pen and paper Learning curve for professors can slow actual instruction time Gender consideration (100% correlation)

16 Lessons Learned (cont.) Can be very idiosyncratic with “touch” Writing equations *much* more informative and intuitive than typing them Images tell stories better than words whether it be a graph, picture or line

17 Lessons Learned (continued) Feedback shows that students appreciated being part of the trial but would have liked a more prepared and stable experiment Machines can serve other purposes –Spill over for larger classes –Quick installs of software not for main StatLab

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19 Professor Brown Quotes “Why waste the students’ time having them copy what you’re writing on the board? It doesn’t make sense” “We all know the best way to learn is to teach.”

20 That was then… The Bass Library Tablet PCs –DyKnow Software Every action is time-coded and recorded Focus is on the screen in front of you, not in front of the classroom. –SynchronEyes –Vista –Dual Touch –Faster –Closer to undergraduates

21 Bass Library Tablets (continued) DyKnow Software –Every action is time-coded and recorded –Focus is on the screen in front of you, not in front of the classroom. –Uniform environment –Proximity technically not required SynchronEyes –Focused primarily on the projected image –Mac compatible Both offer Application restriction Quizzing, polling, “chat”

22 Other digital ink CopyCams Sympodiums Wacom Cintiq/Pen-based Tablets Writing pads (ie Adesso) SmartBoards Other technologies –LiveScribe, MS Surface, PolyVision, Cameras

23 Support… ITG: Ken Panko and Library: Barbara Rockenbach Student Technology Collaborative John Graves, Center for Language Study Academic Computing MSDN-AA


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