Teaching with the
Tablet PC
Dr. Roger Von Holzen
Ms. Darla Runyon
Northwest Missouri State University
The Tablet PC
• Debuted over three years ago
• Has made steady inroads into the
notebook computer market
• Industries such as health care and
insurance have embraced tablet PC’s,
which can speed the process of records
and forms
• Area that shows the most promising
uses for the Tablet PC is in the
classroom
• Surprising—people in education still
purchase traditional notebook
computers
– Price overriding functionality*
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Key Educational Features
• Inking capability
• Built-in wireless technology
• Handwriting and speech
recognition
• Note taking and research
• Specialized software*
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Inking Capability
• Primary “killer app”
• Extremely valuable for grading
and presentation purposes
– Allows an instructor to electronically
grade digital versions of assignments
– Grade in a paperless environment
– Employ all of the best features of the
traditional “red pen” grading process
– Files can be saved and returned to
students via the dropbox*
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Inking Capability
• Works in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Non-Office files can be “printed” to
Windows Journal
– An image of the file is “printed” to Windows
Journal by selecting Journal Note Writer as
the printer option
– Marked up files can be exported as
• Web archive files—MHTML
– Viewed by students with Internet Explorer
– Retains color
• Tagged image files—tif
– Viewed using Microsoft Office Document
Imaging program
– Image only in black and white*
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Inking Capability
• Markup Options
– Pen size
• Ballpoint
• Felt tip
• Highlighter
– Pen color
– Eraser
– Line color (works only with felt tip)
– Line style (works only with felt tip)
• Markups can only be viewed in Print
View option
– Students do not need a Tablet PC to view
markups
– Will need related Office product
• Grading example*
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Classroom Presentations
• Incorporation of a Tablet PC with a
classroom projector provides an
instructor with the following features
– notebook computer
– electronic whiteboard
– much lower price
• Wireless technology built into the Tablet
PC gives the instructor
– added flexibility within the classroom
environment
– enhanced lectures and discussions using
the inking features*
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Windows Journal
• Electronic overhead projector
– Templates
– Handwritten notes can be converted
to text*
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Classroom Presenter
• Free presentation system for the
Tablet PC
– Whiteboard environment is much like a
SmartBoard system
– http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/dl/p
resenter/
• Convert PowerPoint presentation to the
.csd file (option in PowerPoint)
• Open .csd file in Classroom Presenter
– Annotate on slides or in the white space
surrounding the slide
– Example*
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Classroom Presenter
• Present using the blank slide
deck
• Able to export marked up slides
or whiteboard images as .gif files
• Post .gif files to course
management system
• Example*
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Unique Features
• Built-in handwriting and speech
recognition
• Convert handwritten notes to text
– Not possible to train handwriting capability
– Languages recognized:
• UK English, U.S. English, French,
German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean,
Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
• Input commands and notes via speech
– Need to train system to recognize your
speech pattern
– Languages recognized:
• English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese,
Traditional Chinese*
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Unique Features
• Example—Theatre direction notes
– Input notes via speech into Word
– Convert to text
– Provide up-to-the-minute notes to actors*
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Beyond the Killer App
• Countless other features of the
Tablet PC that can greatly add to
the instructional atmosphere of
the classroom
– Microsoft OneNote,
• Complex, user-friendly software
• Contains an array of electronic file
cabinets and folders available at
the touch of the digital pen
• Built-in voice and handwriting
recognition features can be
valuable for both note taking
and for research*
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OneNote
• Improved note taking
• Software provides one location
to store notes
• Digital organization tool for
research,
projects and
meetings*
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OneNote
• Capture information in multiple
ways
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Typed or handwritten notes
Audio notes recordings
Video recordings
Drawn diagrams
Information inserted directly from the
Web
• Source URL automatically
included*
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OneNote
• Organize information
– Create notebooks and folders by
customized topics
– Search notes quickly
– Create and search for Note Flags
which highlight important
information
– Rearrange notes using drag-anddrop operation*
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OneNote
• Reuse and share notes
– Easily move notes from notebook to
notebook
– Use notes in other programs
– E-mail notes or publish them to a
Web site
• OneNote Video Demo
• OneNote File Demo*
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Collaboration
• Shared note taking sessions
using OneNote
– With connection to the Internet or
network
– View and work on notes
collaboratively with team members
• Notes can be shared in
presentation mode, but can not
be modified*
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Collaborative Learning Spaces
• Collaborative learning spaces
provide motivation for
– Construction of knowledge through
groups rather than passively
absorbing information as an
individual
– Synchronous or asynchronous
methods for student engagement
and interaction*
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Other Tablet PC Features
• Capable of using inking feature with
Outlook e-mail messages
– Handwritten notes appear as images to email recipient
• Sticky notes
– Electronic version of Post-it Notes
– Accepts handwritten and voice recorded
notes
• eBooks
– Capable of reading eBooks on screen
– www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
– Search for “free eBooks”
• Snipping Tool for Tablet PC
– Allows you to easily “cut out” anything
on screen and share it with others*
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Microsoft Downloads and PowerToys
• Additional programs that can
add fun and functionality to the
Tablet PC experience
– www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downlo
ads/powertoys/tabletpc.mspx
– www.tabletpcpost.com
• Variety of education-related
software available
– Calculator for Tablet PC,
FractionPractice, MathPractice, Art
Tool for Tablet PC*
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Microsoft Downloads and PowerToys
• Additional examples:
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Physics Illustrator
Tablet PC Music Composition Tool
Word Search Game
Writing Practice Tool for Tablet PC*
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Tablet PC Tips
• Two types of Tablet PCs
– Convertible
• Bulkier and larger screen
• Keyboard and other peripherals
included
– Slate
• Less weight, smaller
• Need for external peripherals,
such as keyboard, CD-ROM drive
• Screens can be scratched but
doesn’t impact viewing*
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Roger Von Holzen
[email protected]
Darla Runyon
[email protected]
Center for Information Technology in Education
Northwest Missouri State University
http://cite.nwmissouri.edu/presentations/
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