Please submit your group's responses below, using the following format:

Group member names

Type(s) of examples you looked at (i.e. math, special ed., etc.)

Your "Show and Tell" responses to the following questions, with explanations:

How is the pen being used?

How can the pen facilitate learning, as opposed to being "add on" technology for technology's sake?

Science teaching with smart pen Google Doc by Lynne, Bobbi Jo, and John

Group 5 - Katie, Kristen and Melanie

Uses for Pen:
  • Pencast Stories (Planning, Writing Process, and Final Process)
  • Reading Fluency (Running Record)
  • Word Walls (Interactive)

Facilitating Learning:
  • Differentiation
  • Alternative form of assessment
    • Can show progress
  • Errors in thinking/reading are more apparent and can be addressed
    • Can have students sound out words or narrate sentences (younger students)
  • Can help student plan and organize writing

Group 3 - Dawn and Tammy

What was done:

  • Sound stickers for behavior charts. When a student perfomed well, they could go to the chart and select a sticker to listen to that would have a personal message or song as a reward. We felt this would be distracting, but could be used in conjuntion with a pecs type management system for individual students.

  • Collaborative brainstorming using post-its. A child can write their name with the pen and then dictate their thoughts to create an ease of use for children with limited writing abilities.

  • Parent teacher communication. The pen would be used to write and dictate notes home, and then the paper and pen would travel home with the student for use by the parent. The parent could then respond and send the pen back. However, if you have young students or students with questionable parent involvement there may be issues with pen damage and returns.

Group 6- Derek and Ashley (SS and Library skills)

Map Sound Stickers-using stickers on a map to give additional information about that area
Dictionary Dots-used across disciplines as a tool to work on vocabulary meaning, pronunciations, uses in sentence and diagrams to go with concepts
Direction Dots- Put information about a topic on different items. Directions, scavenger hunt, or brief overview of material

Facilitate learning:
Smart pens can prompt students to look up information or to create their own work to support content. It is a very interactive tool for learning because the students can be given information that improves their background knowledge or have them add to what other students say. Can be a hook to get students interested in the material. Example we thought up of was using the direction dots as a scavenger hunt in the library to go to different sources, add to the information given and move on to find out different resources students can use during research.

Sara and Rhea (Early Childhood/ Special Education)

- Sound stickers for books: Sound stickers can be put on the bottom of each page to reread sound recordings of the written text for the student. The stickers can be used in other ways as well by having a sticker located on the cover as an option to read the whole book aloud, or to be put under single words or phrases geared towards the needs of a specific student. This will allow the student to review literature at their own pace and follow along with the text in order to link visual and auditory components together. The student may also record their own voice during the reading as an assessment method.

- Sticky note capability: The smart pen paper also produces "sticky note" sized paper which allows for a student to place a sticky note where they might need to be reminded of something specific in that text or need a reminder. When the student goes back into the text they can play back what the important information was. This a great tool for all grade levels and could especially help a teacher too when assessing students. If a teacher were assessing and wanted to remember something important about the students work they could place a sticky in the students work or in their grade book to remind them what it was that needed to be noted with the students work.

Dan, Adam, and Dan

-One video that we explored showed a teacher that was using the smart pen as a way to store her class notes. This was very effective in her classroom because students had the ability to access them whenever they needed them. It was very nice for her because she had them saved for her future reference as well. As a group we felt that the notes seemed to be more of an add on in the classroom. The notes weren't as organized to ease student access.

-The other two resources that we viewed were a graphic organizer of a human skeleton and a concept map. We thought these would be effective in the classroom because students wouldn't have to review the whole lesson and they could chose what exactly they needed to learn or review. The concept map was really effective because the information was mapped out so well. This works well to facilitate the learning that students will receive. It is guided to their needs based on their personal thoughts.