April 07, 2006
WIPTE 2006: Utilizing the Tablet PC to Enhance Group Work in a Learning Community
PACE U is in Brooklyn. They are seeing whats going to happen if TabletPC were given to freshmen and see its effect on groupwork.
They were also funded by MSFT Tablet PC grant, bought 5 Tablet PCs with it.
Computer/Humanities profs collaborated to create a new course
Content of the collaborative course in Computers and History:
How are computers (esp Security) potrayed in Movies?
There were other interesting things they were looking at as threads from the above topics (Security arrangement at Wall St.; Computer/Forensics)
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23 Students / 5 Tablet PCs
1 Tablet PC: 4-5 Students do group activities during class time only.
Sometimes Tablets were checked out on the weekends by individuals who were more artistically inclined. this was allowed to allow individual inking skill development.
They were using Windows Journal (raised some eyebrows amongst the audience). (People generally use Office OneNote with an LMS.)
LMS by Pace: Blackboard
Activities for evaluation:
Peer reviews: Presentations, Essayes, ProgrammingCode
Method (Non Tablet Based): 4-5 people group, computer operator is not the author, others giving feedback. This did not work. So they assigned Driver+Navigator to help driver with collection of feedback & annotation, while the peer review was in progress.
Method (Tablet PC)
So experiments were set up, read the paper for more info.
Giving the impression that the evaluation specialist was a group-dynamist rather than a instructional technologist (verify in paper).
Helps non-classtime communication?
Questions which were not asked in this research:
Is the enhanced productivity a novelty effect or is it a true, sustainable engagement.
Do students pay attention to their work or get distracted by the technology?
They won the 2005 Tablet PC award again.
Posted by rdivecha at April 7, 2006 01:03 PM