Well, we had our four-hour in-service today to show off our Tablet PC pilot and to talk about our vision for technology. It was, I think, as good as it could of been in terms of trying to get 250 or so teachers on the same page about totally changing our classroom model for technology. We had four teachers, young and old, get up on stage in front of the group and showcase their use of the tablets, and by any measure it was an inspiring show. The Spanish teacher who I have written about here before really wowed them some of the ways he integrates inking into his PowerPoints and even video. (You have to see it to believe it…) So far in our follow up survey, 94% of the teachers of over 200 respondents said they wanted a tablet next year. It is a very powerful technology.
Because we ran a bit long, I never did get to do my new tech show and tell, but I did quickly show what I think is one of the most powerful potentials of the tablet. Imagine a digitally submitted student essay or story which you’re able to annotate with ink AND record a voice narration at the same time and send back to the student. Then imagine being able to organize all of those files on your own computer, and being able to publish them to a student’s Weblog where he or she can have them as a resource or where parents and peers can also get a broader understanding of what a reader’s experience is on any piece of writing.
That’s what I’ve tried to show here. It’s a 4:30 Flash movie captured using Camtasia which, in it’s most recent version, is an amazingly powerful tool with tons of potential for educators. What I’m trying to imagine is a paperless classroom where students and teachers can annotate their work in both ink and voice and archive all of it for reflection and publication at some point. It’s such a neat tool, and I’m wondering what other people think after watching it. Let me know…
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