Archive for April, 2011

60+ Educational Uses for Livescribe Smartpens

Post updated on 4-18-2011 with updated version of document.  Thanks to Barb Forsberg, Pulaski School District, Pulaski, WI

Kim Evans, M. E.d., has compiled and shared a 5 page list of 60+ Educational Uses for Livescribe Smartpens.

Categories include: Student Use, Teacher Use, Parental Use, Administrative Use, and ESOL/ELL Use.

Pdf version: Educational Uses for Livescribe Smartpens Online version: Google shared doc

Have another use?  Please share it with us!

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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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I’m back! [To blogging ... and more!]

This is Tim Fahlberg, K-12 representative for Livescribe for Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Today is April 14th, 2011 and I am very happy to start adding again to this blog which is now again my personal/professional Livescribe blog.

Just so you know – Livescribe’s Official Educational blog is here:

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