I recently got a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet.
It is fun. So far the only “educational” use it has gotten has been to write up a solution for a math team problem we couldn’t solve last week. Which was nice. I was able to save it as a .png, upload it and email the link. Much faster than scanning or typing. Typing those up is a pain.
I’m trying to decide if and how I can use this in the classroom. I don’t have a smart board. I do have a projector to which I can hook up my laptop.
I don’t know. I’m torn.
- As I’m playing with it, I’m more conscious of “board space” and layout. Which is a good thing.
- Notes would be archived for students who are absent.
- Easier to get notes to students with the accommodation of access to teacher/peer notes.
- I have to slow down when I’m writing on it. This is good as I think I do things too quickly when I’m at the board anyway.
- Using Skitch, we can write on documents and slides I create. Usually I just project these on the whiteboard.
- Only one person can use it at a time. How would we manage multiple students putting up their work for us to compare methods/solutions? This is a big one. I believe this is important.
- It isn’t easy to write on legibly without practice. How would the students do? (admittedly, probably better than me…)
- Writing on the tablet is strange at first. You have to look at the screen while writing on the tablet. I’m still getting used to this and I’ve been playing with it for tens of hours.
- If I do this, I have to be consistent. I have to upload the images daily so the students have access to them. I need a way to organize them so it is easy for the students to use. My current school web page is … not very flexible.
I don’t want to use something in the classroom just because I can. It needs to add value – and the value needs to outweigh any costs. I think I’m going to ask my mentor about this one. I’m also asking all my other mentors. What do you guys think?