Archive for September, 2009

EFL and ESL: Using the Smartpen to Enhance the Productivity and Effectiveness of ESL Instruction

On March 1st 2009, Emily Wartinbee submitted an extraordinarily 34 page Capstone Essay about EFL and ESL Classrooms as part of her Teaching & Learning Capstone Projects at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Her essay is titled “The Value of Technology in the EFL and ESL Classroom: Using the Smartpen to Enhance the Productivity and Effectiveness of ESL Instruction

Here are a few excepts:

A tool like this [the Livescribe Smartpen] Read more… EFL and ESL: Using the Smartpen to Enhance the Productivity and Effectiveness of ESL Instruction

Livescribe Chemistry Pencasts by Dr. Bob Belford

Dr. Bob Belford has created many pencasts for chemistry to support his Preparatory Chemistry (Chemistry 1300) course at UALR (University of Arkansas at Little Rock).*

These pencasts complement lecture outlines and interactive quizzes which Dr. Belford “hopes to move to a dynamic site in the near future”. Altogether the pencasts, outlines, and quizzes make for an extraordinary set of resources for beginning chemistry students.

Dr. Belford makes an important note about how pencasts sometimes replay: “Please note that the [Livescribe] pen capture software has some flaws and some of the penstrokes are not presented as they were performed. Like when I cancelled out a unit, it is now showing that occuring as I write the unit, not afterwards. You need to follow the logic of the audio file.” I (Tim Fahlberg) have also noticed this in a few of my pencasts and will share this feedback and hope for a fix from the Livescribe software development team.

Dr. Belford’s pencasts are here: chem1300 and include:

1.C Pencasts These are experimental pencasts using a livescribe pulse pen. This material is under development and I am not happy with the way they are currently posted. Be sure to turn your speakers on. Read more… Livescribe Chemistry Pencasts by Dr. Bob Belford

Livescribe AP Physics Pencasts – Homework help pencasts

Professor Chuck Duncan of Kentucky Education Television (KET) supports his Distance Learning Physics using many, many pencasts. These pencasts breathe life and knowledge into his school’s honor’s physics students (and probably many other physics students as well).

Before you watch one of Professor Duncan’s pencasts be sure to take the time to view his First Pencast?: Intro to Pencasting at the top of the page linked to below (or view it here).

Professor Duncan’s pencasts may be found here:

Special notes:

  1. Chuck was featured along with two others, Julie McLeod and Kathleen Post, for their pioneering efforts in a blog post by Livescribe – Livescribe launches into K-12 education arena with Pulse smartpen
  2. Chuck’s work with embedding pencasts so elegantly on his website played a critical role in making it possible for anyone to easily embed a pencast into a web page, blog, or wiki either using a tool now provided by Livescribe or the small, medium, large embed tool created by a collaboration of James Dornberg & James Socol (see Jim Dornberg’s inspirational post about the power of collaboration).

Livescribe-Enabled Talking Test with Pencast Solutions

Demonstrates the ability of the Livescribe technology to

Part 1: Share a test which reads questions aloud to students (more slowly and privately if desired)
Part 2: Create solutions which explain with voice and writing through a pencast available on the web.

Special note (added 9/13/2011): You can also uses Livescribe Sound Stickers to add voice to an existing test, document, or object.

Part 1: The Talking Test

  1. YouTube version of video (new window):
  2. version (new window) – Download version (8 MB):  Livescribe-Enabled Talking Test

Part 2: Pencast Solutions to the talking test (Pencast) Image below links to blog post with actual pencast:

Many thanks to The Math Maker for creating the original talking test screencast and to Jim Dornberg (Mathcasts – handouts and links page on his wiki) and James Socol who collaborated to create the Pencast Embed tool which allows creation of pencast embed code of 3 sizes (I used the Large size above here). See Small pencasts can also be easily embedded using the embed code now available when viewing pencasts on the Livescribe Community.

Livescribe-Enabled AAC Page with Words, Phrases, and Keyboard

Based on work by Dr. Andrew Van Schaack of Vanderbilt University. See 1) pages 12-15 of his Livescribe K-12 Research Report or 2) Augmentative Communication: A Low-Cost and Lightweight Communication Device with Natural Speech version (Use if YouTube is blocked)
Direct link:

YouTube version:
Direct link:

You can print a copy of the AAC page with words, phrases (and room at the bottom to write in the keyboard characters using this Word document: Livescribe-Enabled-AAC-Page-with-words-phrases.doc. Print it on a page of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Livescribe paper carefully torn from a Livescribe notebook. Use a 1″ margin at top and a 1.5″ margin on the left.

Direct link to screencast on (where you can download this video):

Livescribe-Enabled AAC Pages (2 versions on YouTube Playlist)

Based on work by Dr. Andrew Van Schaack of Vanderbilt University.
See 1) pages 12-15 of his Research Report or 2) Augmentative Communication …

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Livescribe-Enabled AAC Page with Pictures

You can print a copy of the page with pictures below on Livescribe notebook paper that you put through your printer using this Adobe pdf – AAC_Page_with_Pictures.pdf

Direct links:
1. (Includes a link to download file)
2. YouTube:

Livescribe Pencasts/Mathcasts by 6th Graders – Julie McLeod’s Math Masters!

Julie McLeod, a Rountree Elementary School Sixth Grade Math Teacher, has her students pencasting solutions to released state math test questions.
Julie’s students’ work can be found on her Mathcast Central: Mathcasts by the Math Masters blog.
Here’s an example of a pencast/mathcast from her blog (from the section tagged “Angles”)
Angles in a Quadrilateral

Angles in a Quadrilateral

Kelsey’s Solution:

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


Welcome to Livescribe for Educators and Students

We’ll be sharing videos, best practices, links, and materials to help you get the most out of your Livescribe Pulse Smartpen.

A great place to start is Livescribe’s new Education page:

Tim Fahlberg
Wisconsin K-12 Livescribe Representative

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