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Pencasting to Prepare for the LSAT

If you are preparing for the LSAT—the Law School Admission Test—then you know that understanding the reasoning underlying the test questions is key to doing well on the exam.  If you are looking for that type of insight, then you’ll want to check out this site: The Zen of 180 – Outfox the LSAT.  The title is a reference to the highest possible scaled score on the LSAT, a 180.  What brought me to the site is its extraordinary use of Livescribe pencasts. 

It turns out that the site creator, Mr. Bennett, is a Teach For America corps member and an admitted student to Harvard Law School’s class of 2013.  His specialty is breaking down the LSAT into it’s smallest chunks, called task standards like in traditional K-12 education, and allowing readers to actually watch him answer the notoriously tricky analytical reasoning section, also known as logic games.

Mr. Bennett’s shares his thinking and reasoning out loud as he solves Analytical Reasoning problems from publicly released LSAT questions.  Here’s an example of a pencast designed to improve your strategy in attacking an analytical reasoning game (it goes along with a released problem from the sample October 1996 LSAT):

 

In Mr. Bennett’s own words, "If you take one thing away from this blog, I want you to understand that what the LSAT measures—the ability to decode and comprehend text and then apply logical and analytical reasoning—can be learned. In statistics language, there is a positive correlation between the quality of test preparation and LSAT score." 

Whether or not you are studying for the LSAT, Mr. Bennett’s use of pencasting showcases how any educator can utilize the Pulse smartpen to create study guides or teach step-by-step problems more effectively. Students are able to revisit the educator’s lecture at any time to hear the verbal explanation and see the problem worked out step by step as if the educator was sitting there right beside them. 

Do you have a great story of how you are using pencasts in your school or district? Shoot us an email a sjohnson@livescribe.com.

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The Real ROI of Instructional Technology

Today’s classroom is filled with students who have unique learning styles and needs. Districts across the county are implementing educational technology to attempt to address this diversity and transform the educational experience, but what is the real ROI of all of this technology? How do you implement a single technology that addresses the differentiated instructional needs for your students? What is the impact of this technology on your own effectiveness and efficiency in the classroom or district office?

Along with instructional technology expert and Livescribe Senior Science Advisor, Dr. Andy Van Schaack, we hosted two informational webinars in March that focused on addressing these very issues. Participants were lead through a review of the plethora of tools being used in today’s classrooms and the factors that influence their impact on student and educator achievement. Joining Dr. Van Schaack were several districts from across the U.S. that are currently using the Livescribe Pulse smartpen to drive differentiated instruction and improve student engagement and achievement. Each district discussed why and how they are using Pulse in their classrooms and district offices and the results they’ve seen.  

To view the archived webinars, check out the links below:

  • Scholastic Webinar featuring Johnson City Central District, NY: View now
  • eSchool News Webinar featuring St. Johns School, NY and Fairfax County School District, VA: View now
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Pencast Success Story from Louisiana

You may have noticed a spike in pencast sharing in recent months – so have we! (If you’re unfamiliar with pencasts, see below for an explanation.) We’ve also seen an uptick in the number of teachers using the Pulse smartpen and pencasts to promote on-demand learning and wanted to share a recent success story. Maybe it will inspire you!

Angie Treadway from Breaux Bridge High School in Louisiana records her daily math lessons using the Pulse smartpen and uploads them as pencasts. She encourages her students to access the pencasts when they need guidance doing their homework or if they are out sick and miss a lesson. Students can instantly hear Angie’s exact explanation from earlier in the day or week, reinforcing retention – it’s like having your teacher sitting right beside you!

Angie tells us, “Students love the fact that if they missed a moment or two of the in-class lesson they can quickly recap. They also love the fact that they can access the lesson from home if they are ill, and they come back to class ready to continue with the class rather than trailing behind. Parents LOVE the pencast because it helps them to help their students.”

Angie’s teaching methods have been so well received that the school board in Saint Martin Parish asked her to present her use of the Pulse smartpen and pencasts at the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) Technology Conference.

To view Angie’s pencasts, check out her site: http://www.oncoursesystems.com/school/view_calendar.aspx?id=98094

What Is a Pencast?
Pencasting enables users to share notes, drawings or other content online as interactive Flash movies. It’s easy to create a pencast – just dock your pen and upload select pages to the Livescribe Community from within Livescribe Desktop. From the Livescribe Community, pencasts can be embedded onto a blog or Web page, or shared via Pencasting enables users to share notes, drawings or other content online as interactive Flash movies. It’s easy to create a pencast – just dock your pen and upload select pages to the Livescribe Community from within Livescribe Desktop. From the Livescribe Community, pencasts can be embedded onto a blog or Web page, or shared via Facebook. Click here to see a tutorial that we posted a while back.

Digital access, collaboration a must for students

Reposted from eSchoolNews.com

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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