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Transforming Teaching And Learning Using Tablet Pcs ? A Panel Discussion Using Tablet Pcs

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Computer Tools for Education

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Computers in Education

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12.1503.1 - 12.1503.3



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Frank Kowalski Colorado School of Mines

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Frank Kowalski is Professor of Physics at Colorado School of Mines. Interested in improving classroom communication, he spearheaded efforts to introduce the use of clickers in CSM's introductory level physics classes. He currently uses InkSurvey to enhance his teaching of a junior/senior level electricity and magnetism course.

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Julia Williams Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Julia Williams is executive director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment and a professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She has published on writing assessment, electronic portfolios, and ABET.

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Rob Reed Hewlett-Packard Corporation

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Rob Reed, University Relations Representative, has twelve years of experience in the fields of engineering and technology. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, Rob worked in a similar capacity at Microsoft. Rob earned a BS from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, started a computer modeling consultancy, received an MBA in finance (Indiana University), worked for Deloitte Consulting and taught technology to undergraduates at Indiana University.

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Jim Vanides Hewlett-Packard

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Jim is a Program Manager for Worldwide Higher Education Philanthropy at Hewlett-Packard. He leads the “HP Technology for Teaching” higher education grant initiative and community of over 200 campuses in 34 countries. He also writes a blog about best practices emerging from grant-supported projects around the world ( In his “spare” time, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound (

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Transforming Teaching and Learning using Tablet PCs A Panel Discussion using Tablet PCs


This panel discussion will highlight emerging best practices in the use of Tablet PCs to transform teaching and improve student success in college and university STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) courses. Faculty from two institutions, Colorado School of Mines and Rose- Hulman, will share their experience in using Tablet PCs and describe their approach to measuring the impact of their course redesign on student outcomes, sharing the evidence that supports their redesign efforts.

Presenters will then lead a panel discussion with all the session’s presenters and the audience. The discussion will be facilitated by the use of Tablet PCs that are provided to the audience. The audience will use the Tablet PCs to access a free InkSurvey website to ask questions and respond to the panelists. This will model some of the ways that faculty have used Tablet PCs in their own classrooms to facilitate dialog and obtain instant, graphical feedback from students.

Through this session, the audience will become participants and experience first-hand some of the innovations that are improving student achievement and engagement. This includes going beyond using classroom response “clickers” that are limited to multiple choice question types to using graphical feedback systems to ask open-ended questions that elicit underlying conceptual understanding and student misconceptions

Colorado School of Mines

At the Colorado School of Mines, Tablet PCs are used in junior-level engineering physics classes to promote active learning and facilitate real-time communication between instructors and students. We have developed InkSurvey, a web-based tool that allows instructors to pose open- ended questions to the students. Each student uses a Tablet PC to construct and submit a response, which can be text, free-formdrawings, graphs, equations, etc. The instructor can monitor these responses as they are submitted, providing an opportunity to offer solution hints and prepare a thoughtful response.

Frank Kowalski will describe how this active learning experience promotes student metacognition and enables real-time feedback that can effectively guide the instructor in modifying or validating student understanding.

InkSurvey can easily be used in conjunction with other computer-based or internet-based learning activities, such as applets. Significant learning gains, as evidenced by comparison of pre- and post-test scores, have been documented in classes at Colorado School of Mines.1

Kowalski, F., & Williams, J., & Reed, R., & Vanides, J. (2007, June), Transforming Teaching And Learning Using Tablet Pcs ? A Panel Discussion Using Tablet Pcs Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2107

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