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Using Smartpens to Create Interactive Tutorials & Promote Student-Centered Learning Deb Carney, University of Denver Kathy Keairns, University of Denver 2012 eLearning Consortium of ColoradoImages used in this presentation from: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/echo/photo.html
Agenda• Get to know our audience• What’s a Smartpen?• Ways Smartpens are used in Higher Education• Let’s Make a Pencast!• Smartpen Pilot in an Online Calculus Course• Advanced Pencasting Techniques• Challenges & Limitations• What’s Next?
What’s a SmartPen?Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kW20LMvORw&feature=related
Ways to use in Education• Note taking/record meetings• Tutorials/Pencasts• Support for students with Learning Disabilities• Homework Help• Student Homework• Online courses
Examples• Front Range Community College (Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Economics, Math)• General Psychology Community College of Aurora• Support for Students with Learning Disabilities• University of Denver Mathematics Department
Let’s Make A Pencast• Livescribe Desktop• Simple Example Pencast• Accessories – Notebooks (different sizes, lined vs. grid) – Ink cartridges (different widths & colors) – Headphone/microphone to improve recording.
Smartpen Pilot in Online Calculus Course• Winter 2010 & Summer 2010 online Calculus courses• Office of Teaching and Learning funding to purchase a classroom set of 20 Echo Smartpens• Each student was loaned a Smartpen for the duration my Summer 2011 online calculus course
Smartpen Pilot in Online Calculus Course• 5 week online Calculus I course• 10 students at the end of week 1• Grading: – 70% f2f exams – 20% online HW & quizzes – 10% Smartpen assignments
Smartpen Assignments• “Daily” (4 per week, due MTWR, accepted until Sunday)• One question. Student provided solution via Smartpen with audio• Submitted through Blackboard’s Assignment Manager• Graded using a Tablet PC & PDF writing capability
Facilitating Communication – Example 1: Assignments in Online Calculus – Example 2: Student’s Solution – Example 3: Instructor Feedback• Students were encouraged to use their Smartpens for communicating with me online.
Outcomes• Very easy for the students to set up and use. Created a Camtasia video covering very basic features of the pen. 1 student had minor trouble getting started with the pen.• 95% or higher average on Smartpen assignments correlated with and A or B in the class.• No D’s and F’s for the course!• Manageable for instructor and student
Results• Most students used the Smartpen for communication with me over email.• "When I asked questions, they were answered promptly and understandably! Knowledgeable, gets back to your emails in time, technology works well (though I was intimidated of the Smartpens at first when setting up!)"• One student did all of her homework problems in her notebook.
Math Department Embraces Smartpens• Peer grading in an upper division mathematics course (Using Self and Peer Assessment Tool in Blackboard)• Instructors using Smartpens to create pencasts for f2f classes (Example)• TEI Initiative: Each instructor will be given a Smartpen• Classroom set of pens will be used again with two different online class offerings
Challenges & Limitations• Pen scratching! (Minimized but not removed with the use of the headphone/microphone)• Make sure your pen is on before writing in your notebook• No fancy editing, no closed captioning• Managing a classroom set• It is more time consuming to grade a Pencast than a printed piece of paper!
Advanced Pencasting Techniques• Using the pause feature to “write before you speak”• Adding text and figures during playback• Using watermarks to add printed figures and text to your pencast (http://www.livescribek12.com/watermark/)
Is there an app for that?• Pencast Player for iPad and iPhone (Free)• Paper Tablet ($14.99) – Use smartpen as a mouse to use as extension of screen• Calculator• Books, music, reference, productivity & more apps
What’s Next?• More advanced pencasting techniques (instructor and student)• Paper Tablet app for online office hours• Other types of pencast assignments for the online course• Exam feedback for the online course• Peer grading• Spreading the word to other disciplines
Additional Resources• LiveScribe Website – http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/ – Training Marathon Day (4/24) and Online Trainings • http://www.livescribek12.com/training-webinars/ – Newsletter http://www.livescribek12.com/newsletter/ – Education Blog - http://www.livescribek12.com/• Demos and Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/user/SmartScribeSA
Questions?• Deb Carney, University of Denver – Mathematics Department – email@example.com• Kathy Keairns, University of Denver – Office of Teaching and Learning – firstname.lastname@example.org