PEN-BASED TECHNOLOGIES: Worcseter Polytechnic Institute
9:00am – 10:00am Pen-based Electronic Feedback at WPI
Kate Beverage, Instructional Technology Specialist, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jessica Caron, Instructional Technology Specialist, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
What adjectives/adverbs describe PDT?
Easy, real-time back-up
More effective learning tool
How are faculty at your schools using digital pen tools?
Record homework help
“Iogear” digital scribe – convert text into 14 languages
Overview of electronic pens
Pen-based electronic feedback
-WPI case studies
-Theory and practice at WPI
Electronic pen tools and accessibility
Tools used: (among others)
Waacom – interwrite pad; graphier, waacom “bamboo”
Enables faculty to move around and be mobile…
Mimeo white board and capture – infrared technology – use reg whiteboard markers. Can record annotations and present them back to students.
Digital pens can:
Convert handwriting to digital text
Make digital content displayed in E-classrooms interactive
Be used to mark up document and share annotations in various programs
Sympodium 360 capture recording lecture and power points => video.
Can record AVI files of “ink” annotations.
-Note-takers for disability services could use tablets.
WPI Case Studies:
Professor Chick Kasouf: Marketting/Management; (outside class usage)
-more immediate way and more direct way to give feedback on papers – track changes.
-students feel it is a more personal way to get feedback on papers.
Professor Mike Elmes: Organizational Behavior and Mgt.; (outside class usage)
-free-hand comments that preserve the paperless electronic form of the submission
Professor Satya Shivkumar: Statistics; Mechanical Engineering – (inside class usage)
-Ease of use for diagramming complex systems. Can do a free-body diagram right in his powerpoint. Can interact with students about where they think certain forces are occurring.
Pen-based Electronic Feedback:
-Basic – feedback on essay based assignments
-Detail at point (immediate relevance of commentary)
-Comfort level (mode and familiarity)
-No odd formatting
-Non-text based feedback
-can demo feedback at point of immediate relevance.
Advantages of pen-based tech:
-students feel they are being afforded more attention
-lower frustration levels
-easier FERPA compliance
-great for distance learning situations – being able to comment on and return homework
Points to consider:
Learning curve vs. time saved grading
Expense of pen tools vs. using what you have
Paper vs. saving a tree
Physical storage space vs. electronic storage space
Power point and screen readers – screen reader won’t capture – b/c handwriting read as an image (when you convert it to text – can be read. Images will of course remain images).
Physical accessibility – for small people, people in wheelchairs, etc.
Sympodium = smart product, will be installed in all electronic classrooms. About $2000. Has many features: highlighter, import clipart. Can create an overlay over your screen
Mimeo interactive and capture $900. 12 markers batteries and software. Captures 4×8 whiteboard size
Wiimote? Youtube videos explalin how it’s used.
Dell TouchSmart – recommended by…
Waacom Bamboo -
IO gear -
Other attachments that clip onto laptop??
Creative uses for pen-based tech supplied by audience:
-Sympodium and Sports plotting
-Camtasia and Sympodium for dance markup – playback video and markup with corrections for positioning
Student sense of Pen-based Tech:
-feel classes are more interactive and dynamic
-feel feedback is more immediate and direct
-can post annotations for students to refer to at a later date.
-slow down a bit to write on sympodium, hence handwriting is better than when they write on the board.
-faculty can be converted to pen-based tech; even die-hard chalkboard advocates.
Waacom tablets cheapest – wired are really cheap ($60), wireless are more expensive. Will allow more interactivity for marking up papers.
IO gear pen – cheap for diagramming up notes.
Waacom CintiQ – for graphic design
Here is the PowerPoint for the WPI presentation:
And a PDF with visuals: