Teaching Idea In Search of a Solution October 12, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in university.
I had this brain flash (fizzle?) during my bike ride in on Tuesday. When I lecture I use my Tablet PC. I hook the project output up to a huge overhead projector in the room (huge means about 30 feet tall!). I then write my lecture notes on my Tablet and they show up larger than life on the screen. And, and this is important, I don’t get transparency-marker smudges on my hand!
The software I use for this is called OneNote. One of its many features is a collaboration mode. You can tie two different OneNotes together across the network and then two people can work on the same document in real time (actually, it can be more than two).
So, how about this. I could setup my regular PC at the front of the lecture hall and it would work exactly as before. Then I could carry around a really light-weight Tablet PC (like a UMPC or something) and write on it. My writing would still show up on the screen, even though I was no where near the front of the room! How cool would that be?
Exactly. Not so much. The only use I could up for it was class participation. Have a student solve a problem for all to see. I can’t think up anything else other than it would be nice to be unteathered from the lectern at the front of the room.