Archive for February, 2010

Education Example: Audio Study Guide – Skeleton Example

Many students need to have audio reinforcement of learning. The Livescribe Pulse smartpen allows you to take any content, copy it to dot paper, add audio labels, then give to the student to study. Here is an example of a Audio Study Guide to help memorize the bones of the human body.

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

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

Education Example: Talking Test – TAKS Practice Test

There are times when a childs IEP will call for all test questions and possible responses to be read to the child. The IEP may also call for the student to be allowed the accommodation of responding verbally to the questions. It is a time consuming task for the teacher to have to sit with each child and individually read each question and possible response. By printing the test questions on dot enabled paper, the teacher is able to record the question and responses one time, and then use the same sheet numerous times with different students. If the child needs to make a verbal response, he/she can tap record on a blank Pulse notebook page and verbally give their response.

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

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

Education Example: Substitute Teacher Audio Lesson Plan

It is often difficult for the teacher to leave written detailed notes for the substitute teacher. In this example, the teacher makes basic notes in the dot-enabled lesson planner and then leaves more detailed verbal notes for the sub.

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

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

Education Example: Learning Center Activity-Audio Enabled Phoneme Blending

This is a Learning Center Activity for K or 1st grade classrooms. The teacher has pre-recorded the Phoneme Blending lesson instructions and the lesson itself. Student can access the audio explanations in their learning center group, freeing up the teacher to work with other groups or students.

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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SmartMap Application for the Livescribe Smartpen – An interactive zoo map

Wow! I just received an extraordinary email with a link to this YouTube video
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Note: If you cannot view YouTube educational videos like this at your school then please leave a comment below and I’ll ask if I can share the video on

I think you’ll agree that SmartMap is exceptional. But it gets even better. SmartMap’s creator, Jacky Nguyen, wrote me to say that he “would love to share the whole source-code as open-source software to other developers, many of which might find it useful.” Isn’t that fantastic news?! I know that it’s going to inspire me to finally try my hand at creating an application and that it will help encourage and inspire many others to do the same.

I couldn’t agree more with Jacky’s comments:

I have developed a small application named SmartMap that can be useful to:
- Show others how capable this pen can be
- Give a working proof of concept how we can actually use the SmartPen with maps

On YouTube Jacky also shares:

The app utilizes all available features of the pen including:
- Hand-writing recognition
- Local storage
- Voice
- LCD Display
- PenTip events handling

I’ll share more later as Jacky and I have a thread about all of this.

Well done Jacky! — Tim

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Using the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen in the Chemistry or Science Classroom (Or Any Classroom)

February 5th, 2010 DanStasko No comments

By guest blogger, Dr. Dan Stasko, Natural & Applied Sciences Professor at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College  [See also: Chemistry Pencasts + A Comparison of Pencasts With Other Forms of Lecture Capture]

Those of you reading this blog regularly already know what the LivescribeSmartpen is. But, for those unfamiliar, it is a device that records what is written along with audio present at the same time.  Wow! This is such a blasé description for such a game changing device in the educational arena, akin to the Grand Canyon being a hole in the ground. Unless they see it in action, it is hard to impress upon someone what a novel and ingenious tool this is.  I just want to take a moment to share the ways others and I are using the Livescribe pen to improve the educational experience for our students, particularly science, technology engineering and math students (STEM students). Much of what I will discuss below is shown in practice here or incorporated into my University of Southern Maine class website:

One of the most straightforward application for the pen is it’s stated function: note taking. From the educators perspective, we apparently have limited control in this arena because not all of our students have the pen. But, if we extend the note taking concept to other areas, then  ‘annotated notes’ have a wide range of potential applications that an educator can implement.  Items like student-parent-teacher conferences (as described here ) and annotated flash cards (as described here ) are a few of the readily applied uses in this arena.  A simple extension of this annotated note concept takes advantage of the fact that the pencast is near ideal for quick tutorials. The instructor is able draw figures and charts or formula and equations that can be discussed and extended in an incredibly straightforward and natural way. If you have ever had the ‘pleasure‘ of using Mathtype or Microsoft Equation Editor to write an equation, you know that what should be a 2 second job with a pen and paper has now taken minutes.  It is the difference between calling someone on the phone and explaining how you would call someone on the phone. One is effortless. The other laborious and involves detailed description of a large numbers of steps.  The livescribe pen and the shareable pencasts that result allow the educator to quickly craft a series of examples that, literally, talk the students through problems and examples, such as the talking math exam solutions ( shown here ). These are all potent options for an educator.

Pedagogically, giving students detailed answers is not beneficial, but, rather than seeing the problem laid out for them, these pencasts offer the opportunity for the instructor to model and underscore the thought process and problem solving skills which the students can hopefully incorporate into their own attempts.   At the University of Southern Maine, I have been attempting to incorporate some of these techniques into my classroom by generating small ‘lecturettes’ dealing with review topics or extra worked out examples that students can access out of class.  Two recent examples of this include a few extra examples dealing with free-radical reactions in organic chemistry and a refresher review of the concept and uses of molarity for a General Chemistry class.  This moves some review and practice out of the very limited class time and allows for learner centered teaching, with students able to experience the review material they need (as needed) while accessing fresh content and still having the time to ask questions in class.  I worry less now about ‘covering content’ because I know that I can slip extra examples into the study materials for the class or pen an additional example as needed for those students that want it.

Example Lecturette:

Read more… Using the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen in the Chemistry or Science Classroom (Or Any Classroom)

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U.S. Representative James McGovern Introduced to Pulse

According to this article, U.S. Representative James McGovern visited Dean College in Franklin, Mass. on Monday to see how the college was using $150,000 in federal funds he helped secure to pay for upgrades in curriculum, technology, faculty and instruction. During a tour of the campus’ Library Learning Commons, a student named Karl McGrotty demoed Pulse to McGovern, who was impressed and said he could see Pulse helping students learn “coursework and real-life skills.” The college’s president, Paula Rooney, also chimed in – saying that Pulse “contributes to skills that set students apart when they hit the job market.”

We couldn’t agree more with these comments! Many thanks to James for his work to get new technologies onto college campuses, and to Karl and Paula for spreading the word about Pulse!