June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Computers in Education
11.973.1 - 11.973.12
One Step Beyond: Lecturing With a Tablet PC
In the Fall 2005 semester, the authors used a Tablet PC during lectures as a replacement for the chalkboard. The Tablet PC allows the instructor to write on the PC screen while facing the students, similar to an overhead projector. The advantage is that the entire presentation can be saved in electronic format and uploaded to the course website, where it is available to both the students and instructor immediately after the session ends. Students and the instructor can focus on concept learning rather than transcription. With wireless capability the instructor would be able to walk around the room while projecting his solutions in real time. This paper reports on two specific case experiences with this tool, including student data on usability and satisfaction.
The Tablet PC is the next step in the evolution of laptop computing. Smaller, faster, more powerful technologies and better integrated software capabilities provide the impetus for this step. Equipped with a touch-sensitive screen, users can enter data directly through the use of a stylus (pen) or utilize a traditional keyboard. There are several different types of Tablet PCs, but all allow the use of digital ink to generate new documents or annotate existing documents. Included software allows professors to write and problem solve as they would using traditional pad/pencil using Journal™ or write directly on Word™ or PowerPoint™ slides, save the document or slides including the notations, and provide them to students in electronic form. This combines the ease of digital presentations with the interactivity of the overhead/chalkboard. For example, professors can work out detailed solutions on the computer screen, project the solutions in real time, and save solutions on the hard drive, all while facing the students. A brief overview of Tablet computing and its development can be seen in table 1.
The 60’s The 70’s The 80’s The 90’s Today Ivan Sutherland No significant The first GO Corp. Several develops ‘Tablet’ ‘portable’ creates 1st sole integrated Sketchpad a developments computers by pen based OS; Tablet ‘types’ pen/Tablet but Sonic Pen a Tandy appear; MS releases being offered, input 3D input device Apple debuts Windows for better technology becomes the book like pen computing; handwriting (non- available; Pong Navigator; First Apple releases recognition integrated) is created by pen based point Newton (PDA); softwares; Atari; Xerox select system handwriting better designed begins work on by GRiD an recognition and integrated GUI, and Apple IBM PC improves w/ softwares for incorporates compatible PC ‘Graffiti’; Tablet use Tablet arguably first begin catching convertible on Tablet PC appears Table 1. Evolution of Tablet PC Technology1, 2, 3
Toto, R., & Wharton, M., & Cimbala, J., & Wise, J. (2006, June), One Step Beyond: Lecturing With A Tablet Pc Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/914
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