Friday, April 24, 2009

More on Livescribe

Ok so I went out and bought one for myself. The pen is actually called a Pulse Smartpen. It comes in two sizes (memory). 1GB cost $149.00 and the 2GB cost $199.00at Target. The software that is used with it is called Livescribe.

My goal was to be able to solve math problems as I would at a whiteboard or Smartboard in front of class but have the ability to save my work go and back to it with a narration of what I am thinking at each particular step. I found the Smartboard record tool not up to the task. For some reason the audio could never be captured completely and the Smartboard lacked the precision I needed for some tasks. It seemed to always need to be realigned.

I hope to build a bank of worked out problems that students can access from any internet source at any time. I also want to train students to use the tool and have them contribute to the problem bank on a regular basis. So far the pen seems to be just what I was looking for.

Here is my second try at uploading a link to my "pencast". This time with audio attached. Please click on the link below to see it and let me know what you think.



Karen said...

Great explanation on how to find an equation for a line tangent. This would've been SO helpful when I was studying for an upcoming calculus test in high school. It makes much more sense hearing and seeing your explanation rather than rereading a textbook example.

Liz Springer said...

Tom, really fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing!

doug.abshire said...

ok, so now i have to get one of these...thanks tom...i guess...

(seriously, this is cool!, wish the district would supply these but i am such a nerd that i will get one instead of waiting...)

Joseph Miller said...


Great stuff. I didn't know we could embed these in a blog. Now that is cool!