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12 Ways Educators & Students Are Using the Pen Today

Check out 12 ways educators and students are using the Livescribe Pulse smartpen in the classroom. Most of these examples come straight from our users.

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Pulse Smartpen Named CODiE Award Finalist!

News flash, Livescribe fans!

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry, announced the finalists for its 2010 CODiE awards – a top industry honor for innovation in software, education technology and digital content. And we’re proud to say that the Pulse smartpen claimed a spot among five “Education Solution for Mobile or Hand-held Device” finalists! We’re going up against ClassLink Inquiry, Studywiz, Spark Mobile, SPARKvue and RefMobile.

Just so you know, the CODiEs are one of, if not THE, only peer-reviewed awards in the industry, which makes this even more exciting!

We’re anxiously waiting for the official winner announcement on May 25. Wish us luck!

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Nebraska Teacher Makes Pencasts Work For Him…How About You?

Cross-posted from the Engaging Technologies blog by Cathy Frank, Livescribe Education Sales Representative, Nebraska & Kansas

I had a wonderful conversation today with Hampton Jr./Sr. High School teacher, Jeremy Sharp, at the Nebraska Association for the Gifted (NAG) Conference in LaVista, NE.  Jeremy has been using the pen on a regular basis this year in his 7th grade math classes, using it to write his notes and then uploading his pencasts to his 7th grade math blog and his 8th grade math blog.

Jeremy is a traveling teacher, and his Mac computer, projector, and Livescribe Pulse smartpen fill up his cart and become his traveling “toolbox.”  Jeremy has avoided the cost of using a document camera by placing his computer on a stand so that it is perched above his notebook and implementing the iChat application on his Mac to capture what he is writing for his students in the classroom. After class, these notes are then uploaded to Livescribe Online and posted as pencasts for his students to take advantage of online at home if necessary.

More importantly, on a small budget, he is providing out-of-class tutorials for all his students – including kids who are absent – with an easy-to-learn piece of equipment that costs less than $200.

You can check out Jeremy’s pencasts on his math blogs below:

Pencasts are an obvious use of the smartpen that lend themselves well to areas where problems are worked (math, chemistry, physics) or where diagrams are created (industrial arts, art).  However, think outside the box a little and generate some ideas about how you could use pencasts in your classroom.

Not sure that notes are getting home with a particular students? Email a pencast to his parents so that you know they are receiving your written communications.

Are you students corresponding with pen pals? Save the money on postage by creating pen casts that you can share digitally.  In addition, students are limited to just sharing writing or email text.  They can share audio and their own personal drawings!

Tired of writing out sub notes and waiting until they get there in the morning to see if they are understood? Create a pencast of your sub notes and email them to look over beforehand (if it is a planned absence, of course – this might not always be possible).

Is a parent having troubles helping their student? Send them a pencast via email that shares ideas and describes how to implement them.

And, since I’m at a gifted conference and have been reading my book on visual spatial learners (trying to figure out how to assist my own son!)…

Let your visual spatial learners use the pen to make notes in drawings and diagrams, which you in turn upload to a pencast. Post it in a pencast and you might just find out that it assists many of the kids in your classroom that you didn’t even know were visual spatial to remembers things that were taught in an auditory fashion!  At the same time, you are giving that visual spatial learner the freedom to take notes in the way that he learns and remembers best.

What other ideas can you generate for using pencasts in your classroom?

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Education Example: Articulation Practice Sheet

Articulation Practice Sheet See an example of how the Livescribe Pulse smartpen can be used to create a dynamic student Articulation Practice Sheet. In this examples, the speech therapist has created articulation practice sheet. The student can record his/her practice session directly on the dot paper so the therapist can document the students progress. Each target word is recorded on the paper for the student to reference as many times as needed.

Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From "12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"

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Education Example: Running Record/Fluency Test

Education Example: Running Record/Fluency (Print post) In this example, the diagnostician printed the fluency passage onto dot paper so that the students actual reading of the passage could be captured. Using this method of capture, not only do you provide a means of checking accuracy of response, but also you also can allow the student to participate in self monitoring of reading fluency. You are also able to archive the reading to maintain a record of the students progress.  
Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From "12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"

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Education Example: Music Lesson Composers Example

Paper-based, multi-media allows us to record sounds and music directly to the Livescribe dot paper. Many music therapists are recording directly into their Livescribe notebooks and carrying the Pulse smartpen and notebook into therapy sessions rather than sound equipment. In this example, the teacher has recorded classical music pieces for the student to listen to and then identify the correct composer.

Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From " 12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"

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Education Example: Talking Word Wall

Many students need help in remembering the words on the word wall and many of those students need audio reinforcement of the word multiple times. In this example, the teacher records the words using the dot paper and the smartpen, then cuts out the dots and attaches them to the words on the word wall. The smartpen is attached to the bulletin board and the student can use the pen to touch the audio dot to get help with the word

Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From "12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"

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Education Example: Oral Book Report

Using the printable dot paper function in the Livescribe desktop application, an educator at the Runanga School in New Zealand was able to print the dot paper pattern on to blank labels to create audio labels, which can be attached to virtually anything. Here is an example of an oral book review students attach an audio label in books they have read with a review of the book, what they thought about it, what they liked/disliked about the book.

Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From "12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"

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Education Example: Collaborative Rainforest

An educator sent us an example of how he is using the Livescribe Pulse smartpen in his classroom to creative a collaborative oral project showcasing the sights and sounds of the rainforest. Each student was in charge of researching one of the rainforest elements and recording the information as an oral report.

Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From "12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"

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Education Example: Auditory Flash Cards – Science Example

Many students need to have audio reinforcement of learning. The Livescribe Pulse smartpen allows you to take any content, add audio labels, then give to the student to study. Here is an example of Audio Flash Cards to help memorize science terms and definitions.

Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From "12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"