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Research – Smartpens & pencasts + New Livescribe Wiki

Charting the Cs

This past Monday and Tuesday I had the great privilege of co-presenting on the smartpen with Greg Sumner, an extraordinary OT from Northfield Public Schools, at the 2011 Charting the Cs Cross Categorical Conference in Alexandria, MN. This reminds me – I’m going to ask Greg if he’d be willing to post about his work as an OT with the smartpen because he’s got so many great ideas and stories to share (plus great handouts too).  He’s amazing!

Research on smartpens and pencasts!

While at Charting the Cs I was asked to share the research on the benefits of smartpens and pencasts in education.  It was such a great question that I thought I’d spend time compiling it and add it to new wiki page on a new Livescribe wiki I just started.

Research page on new wiki:

New wikiWikispaces Livescribe Education Wiki

From the wiki page:


Research Support

Access Rates

  • A comparison of Information Access Rates Between the Apple iPod and the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen - 1 page pdf

Assistive Technology

Blind/visually impaired

Chemistry Pencasts

Chemistry Pencasts + A Comparison of Pencasts With Other Forms of Lecture Capture

  • Blog post by Dr. Daniel Stasko
  • Paper by Dr. Stasko: “Digital notes and lecture capture: pencasts as electronic copies of live STEM lectures and student access to digital lectures
  • Abstract: Shifting physical science classes into an online environment poses a number of special challenges due to the presentation of STEM content. In an attempt to improve student access and immersion in challenging science topics, lecture capture and sharing was utilized through the use of pencasts. Students in two separate chemistry courses were given access to digitally captured, in-class lecture session (incorporating both audio and text). Student utilization of these recorded class session was monitored using readily available tools. How and when students interacted with the digital capture of the classes was examined in an attempt to better understand student utilization of supplemental materials and to examine the use of pencasts as a medium for physical science course delivery.

Differentiating with Pencasts


Online Math Learning Resource and Support Center


  • Notetaking research

    • Adapted from Livescribe in K-12 Research (above): 7 page pdf
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  • Cognitive effort during Note Taking

    Piolat, Olive & Kellogg - pdf – 12 page article + 7 pages of references

  • Notetaking at RIT

    • Livescribe //Smartpen// Pilot Program- Winter Quarter 2008-09
    • Results: Overall, participants were happy with the Livescribe Smartpen. 10 of the 11 participants elected to continue using the pen in place of a note-taker in at least once course each quarter while they remain at RIT. The one student who did not wish to continue using the pen without a back-up note-taker stated that he wanted to use both the pen and a note-taker and we were offering one or the other, so he would probably buy his own pen and continue with using both. The students provided the following feedback [See article].

Pharmaceutical calculations course

  • Article: “A brief report on the use of paper-based computing to supplement a pharmaceutical calculations course
  • Objective: To describe changes in the delivery of the pharmaceutical calculations course associated with incorporation of synchronized audio/visual recordings (pencasts) using the Livescribe Pulse™ pen.
  • Conclusion: Nearly half (46%) of students surveyed reported using pencasts, and 92.6% of students who reported using pencasts believed that pencasts enhanced learning. Students also responded that pencasts may be beneficial for other pharmacy courses, including pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry, physical chemistry, and pharmacology
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Livescribe in Africa- 21st Century Learning in Senegal

Livescribe has partnered with CyberSmart Africa to supports 21st century learning in Senegal. Schools in this developing nation are piloting the Pulse smartpen as a portable, easy-to-use, powerful learning tool to enrich math, English language learning, geography and social studies. Follow the CyberSmart project at

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Digital access, collaboration a must for students

Reposted from

In a national survey that reveals K-12 students’ use of technology at home and at school, students overwhelmingly agreed that access to digital media tools and the ability to collaborate with peers both inside and outside of school can greatly enhance education.

via Digital access, collaboration a must for students.

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LD Podcast with Dr. Andrew Van Schaack

Whitney S. Hoffman has an extraordinary blog, LD Podcast, which “is a weekly podcast about all aspects of learning disabilities and kids who struggle in school.”   Read more on LD Podcast’s About page.

You can listen to two very thought-provoking and informative podcasts by Ms. Hoffman and Dr. Andrew Van Schaack (Livescribe Senior Science Advisor and Professor at Vanderbilt University).

From LD Podcast:

The first part of our interview [Episode 95] focuses on using technology in education and what it can and cannot accomplish;

the second half [Episode 96] discusses the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen in more detail, including what kind of mental load notetaking has on the brain, how fast we can process information, the research data about why we take notes in the first place, and how we should be using them, and we talk about how capturing information is fundamentally useless without access.

Andy also shares some exciting news about an upcoming feature that will allow Livescribe Smartpen users to print documents on Livescribe paper, record voice comments and ink annotations using a Smartpen, sync up their Smartpen to the Livescribe Desktop and then upload and interact with a very special pencast in which you can see the underlying document and be able to interact with it by replaying the voice comments and ink annotations.  Stay tuned!

Livescribe – Notetaking – Research, pencasts, more

The very first section of  “Livescribe in K-12 Education: Research Support” by Dr. Andrew Van Schaack is about notetaking, pencasts, etc.

This 7 page pdf contains just the notetaking section: Livescribe K-12 Research Support – Notetaking.pdf

One of the key pieces of this section is the following chart:

You can listen to 2 podcasts on Whitney S. Hoffman’s wonderful LD Podcast blog in which Whitney & Andy talk about this and much more:  Episode 95 and Episode 96.

Andy’s entire 31 page research paper is linked to from this post: Livescribe in K-12 Education …

Livescribe in K-12 Education: Research Support

In March 2009 Dr Andrew Van Schaack (Vanderbilt U) published

Livescribe in K-12 Education: Research Support – A Review of Scientific Evidence Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Smartpen Technologies for Improving Teaching and Learning

You can find this seminal paper:

  1. Directly here:
  2. Linked to from the bottom right corner of
  3. Using this TinyURL:

Table of Contents for this 28 page paper:

  1. Endorsements from Educational Researchers
  2. Introduction
  3. Livescribe Smartpen
  4. Benefits for Students: Learning Support
  5. Notetaking
  6. Homework Support
  7. Accelerated Listening
  8. Assistive Technologies
  9. Augmentative Communication
  10. Audio/Tactile Graphics for Blind Students
  11. Benefits for Teachers: Instructional Support
  12. In-Class Data Capture: Assessing Class Participation
  13. In-Class Assessments: Reading Fluency
  14. Conclusion
  15. Federally-Funded Scientific Research Projects
  16. 2008 Funded Research Projects
  17. 2009 Submitted Research Proposals
  18. References