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DyKnow Video Contest - Watch and Rate by March 28!

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As you know, I'm a big fan of DyKnow classroom interaction software. For those of you who haven't seen what an interactive classroom with Tablet PCs can look like, you'll enjoy watching and rating the videos submitted to the DyKnow Video Contest...


The videos are quite interesting - and I'm proud to say that some of them are submitted by some of our recent HP grant recipients! Bravo to:


Linn-Benton Community College


 


 


Albion College



 


Seneca College



 


Three cheers, also, to Intel for sponsoring the contest!


To watch more of the videos, go to http://www.dyknow.com/videocontest/. If you want to help your favorites win, you have until March 28 to view and rate them.


Enjoy!


 



Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Education Programs
HP Office of Global Social Innovation
Hewlett-Packard

Twitter @jgvanides

For information about the HP Office of Global Social Innovations, visit www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants


 


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InkSurvey - Try Real-Time Graphical Response, for Free!

Jim Vanides

For those of you following my blog, you know I'm a fan of "graphical response" systems that provide rapid feedback and increase student engagement in class. One of my favorite FREE tools for enabling graphical response is InkSurvey, a beta web application from the Colorado School of Mines. The good news is that the newest beta version of InkSurvey is now available to try...


For those of you not familiar with InkSurvey, it is a web-based system for presenting questions to your students. The questions can ask for open text responses and/or "sketches". Tablets make it easier, but are not required. Faculty create an account and define questions that will be used during class. Students are sent to a response webpage where the questions appear. Anonymous submissions are then viewable by the professor, who can in turn share them with the rest of the class. The software is no-frills betaware, but it really is easy once you get signed up.


To see what this looks like in action, check out the video below (with a great tongue-in-cheek intro - who IS  that guy in the white toga?):




If you're looking for a quick way to try "real time graphical response" in your course, feel free to give InkSurvey a try. If you're looking for something free but with more features, I recommend Classroom Presenter  (Richard Anderson, University of Washington). For a robust, full-featured classroom interaction solution with full support from a commercial company, I highly recommend DyKnow.


Many thanks to Frank Kowalski and his team of students who create and support InkSurvey and make it available for all of us to try...



Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Worldwide Education Grant Strategy
HP Global Social Investment
Hewlett-Packard

For information about the HP Technology for Teaching philanthropy initiative in higher education, visit
www.hp.com/go/hpteach-hied

"Math in Your Hands" Maple, DyKnow, and Wireless Tablet PCs

Jim Vanides

Joshua Holden (Rose-Hulman, mathematics faculty) presented a very interesting poster at WIPTE this year, "Math in Your Hands: Integrating the Use of Maple with the Collaborative Use of Wireless Tablet PCs"...


From Joshua's new blog, he writes about his poster:



This poster is a preliminary report on a Fall 2008 project to explore the use of tablets in calculus classes in order to foster student engagement by incorporating active learning and collaborative activities. The use of tablets can make many improvements in a classroom, but mathematics classes pose special challenges which have not yet been systematically explored at Rose-Hulman. The most difficult of these from a technical perspective is the integration of Maple with other Tablet PC software. This project explores ways to achieve this integration as well as other pedagogical improvements which the use of Tablet PCs could bring to mathematics classrooms at Rose-Hulman.


 


Math in Your Hands


View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: tablet pcs maple)

Anyone teaching mathematics should check out his blog, as it has some other terrific postings that you will find relevant and interesting.


Nice work, Joshua! Thank you for sharing...



Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Worldwide Education Grant Strategy
HP Global Social Investment
Hewlett-Packard

For information about the HP Technology for Teaching philanthropy initiative in higher education, visit
www.hp.com/go/hpteach-hied

Classroom Presenter Honored with 2008 Premier Courseware Award

Jim Vanides

Last Thursday, at the Frontiers in Education Conference, Richard Anderson and the team from the University of Washington received well deserved honors - the 2008 Premier Courseware Award from Engineering Pathway...


Those of us who have been following Tablet PC usage and its impact on learning are well aware that Classroom Presenter is considered by many to be the best freely available software system for supporting exemplary instruction and classroom interaction. Dr. Anderson was the Principal Investigator for HP mobility grants to the University of Washington awarded in 2003 and 2004, where he created Classroom Presenter and pioneered the use of tablet pcs for in class real-time graphical response. As a result of his continued efforts in enhancing Classroom Presenter, promoting interactive pedagogy, and his willingness to freely share the software for non-commercial use, many HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients from around the world are using Classroom Presenter to enhance teaching and learning. We frequently receive reports from faculty who exclaim that Classroom Presenter used in conjunction with tablet pcs has transformed their classrooms.


 


From the Engineering Pathway website:



Engineering Pathway is proud to announce that Classroom Presenter has been named the Premier Courseware of 2008! Classroom Presenter, by Richard Anderson, Ruth Anderson, Natalie Linnell, Craig Prince and other members of the development team from the University of Washington, is a Tablet PC-based interaction system that supports the sharing of digital ink on slides between instructors and students.

As a tool, Classroom Presenter enables the flexible delivery of lecture content and can increase student engagement and understanding of material. It allows the integration of digital ink and electronic slides, making it possible to combine the advantages of whiteboard style and slide-based presentation. The ability to link the instructor and student devices, and to send information back and forth, provides a mechanism for introducing active learning into the classroom.

To see learn more about Classroom Presenter:

We applaud Dr. Anderson for his pioneering work in changing the very nature of faculty-student in-class interaction. Classroom Presenter is providing faculty with a simple yet powerful tool to improve presentations, enable better student note-taking, and enable anonymous real-time feedback that reveals student misconceptions – the ideal formative assessment tool for the classroom. That Classroom Presenter has now been used in universities and colleges around the world, is a testimony to the contribution Dr. Anderson has made to improving learning and teaching in higher education.


For these reasons, we offer our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Anderson and the entire Classroom Presenter team!



Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Worldwide Education Grant Strategy
HP Global Social Investment
Hewlett-Packard

For information about the HP Technology for Teaching philanthropy initiative in higher education, visit
www.hp.com/go/hpteach-hied

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Classroom Presenter - Now Available in Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese!

Jim Vanides

Thanks to Richard Anderson and his team at the University of Washington, Classroom Presenter keeps getting better - and with its growing popularity around the world, new language versions are on the way...


Reprinted below, with Richard's permission, is his email to the Classroom Presenter Community:


Versions of CP3 are now available in Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. With interest in using CP3 on low cost devices (such as the ASUS eee) in K-12, supporting these and other languages is important. I have someone working on a Spanish version, and I have offers to do Korean and German. At some point, I would like to add other major languages (French, Russian, and Japanese are probably next on the list).


The most recent version of classroom presenter 1656 is available from the download page: http://classroompresenter.cs.washington.edu/downloads/CP3/. We will be releasing the 3.1 version of Classroom Presenter in August. This is quite close to the version we will release (but maybe with a few more languages).

For those of you not familiar with Classroom Presenter, it is a great way to enhance your presentations, but more importantly, enable real-time graphical feedback in your classrooms... and Richard makes it freely available for non-commercial use. I've mentioned it several times in past blogs, such as "Classroom Presenter release 3.0 - it keeps getting better" . You can also view the November 8, 2005 HP Online Speaker Series archive where Richard talked about his experience using Classroom Presenter in his own classroom. 

Thanks, Richard! Keep up the great work...



Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Program Manager - Worldwide Higher Education Grants
HP Global Social Investment
Hewlett-Packard

For information about the HP Technology for Teaching philanthropy initiative in higher education, visit
www.hp.com/go/hpteach-hied

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  • A former K-12 district administrator and adjunct professor of communication, Elliott has won over 60 state and national awards in school public relations, is a past columnist for Electronic School, School Administrator and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many leading educational publications. Recently, Elliott helped developed models for personal learning, which in testing increased successful completion of algebra from 33% to 71% versus traditional classroom instruction. His work is featured by HP at www.hp.com/makeitmatter
  • I am part of the HP Calculator team, working on the HP Prime graphing calculator. I taught mathematics for 20 years and have extensive experience in the professional development of teachers of mathematics. My area of interest is mathematics education; specifically, how technology affects the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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