April 06, 2006
WIPTE 2006: Notes on Keynote
Barbara Weaver, Clemson University
Tablet PC keynote address -
Clemson is a agricultural/animal husbandry type of university.
Started the laptop initiative in 2002. Work started in earnest in June 2002.
Implementation of Tablet PC by an English teacher in Clemson University
Hired 6 grad students for faculty development program.
Strong competition in retaining graduate students from computer science & electronics engineering (other faculty steal students)
Had a faculty member walk upto her after faculty training and blasted her - "Nothing you said was helpful, you have wasted 2 days of my life"
Story "Larry Grimes" (Live presentation using Breeze, just for the heck of it, at a conference, and stood there and drank coffee).
Developed "Laptop Faculty Lab" for faculty learning.
Andrew Levin teaches music appreciation - wanted rich internet application for his course - with social software component. "Music Grid" was born.
"Message Grid" evolved out of various other departments wanting to add that social / discussion component to their pedagogy. (Devlpr - Roy).
Animal Vet Science were all "tablet enabled".
Change in Provost situation caused big problems (succumed to cancer after fighting 2 years). Late Provost was a big champion of laptops.
Now they wanted to go back to Ink... so there was the case of the missing ink.. stuck between traditional ink-thinking faculty and laptop driven economy.
The gap could have been filled with a Tablet PC.
She sends a call for ppl in need of help: and the same acrid professor comes back and says "all she said was proven right over time". (the highlight!!!!) the facMem asked went to a lunch meeting and couldn't stop telling her about his realization.
Now the laptop lounge became a tech lounge with Tablets, ipods, clickers.
PROBELMS!! - Current spaces are not exactly lappy/tabby friendly. (e,g, auditoriums).
So they have what are "Scale Up" rooms which are more geared towards technology:
- room for lappy/textbook
- room for instructors to move around
- best Scale Ups around
Governor says - if you put up Ink produced materials, then you have to make it 508 compliance.
- Have no idea how they are going to do it
- The only faculty not worried are `the one who are
70% students said they learnt best when faculty is annotating powerpoint slides and
75% felt they were more engaged
65% want materials to show up on thier lappys automatically.
55% want to add notes to these
45% wish they had a tablet (they are figuring out how to get there).
Her grandson Isaac - 8 year old learnt to use the tablet PC, highliting and all the
focus on pedagogy, not the technology.
interdisciplinary collaboration is important to really blossom application of technology.
get faculty who are willing to change.
Grading - especially eportfolios
also grading Word documents, including the comments, wherein ink can be written - this is more close to real world.
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Posted by rdivecha at April 6, 2006 11:43 AM