Smartpen research is evidence that the concept of pen and paper is changing right along with advances in technology. In fact, smartpens are a totally different genre of technology than most people are used to.
More and more people are finding out how this technology can be a life-changing tool, both in the classroom and in the workplace.
The only one of its kind to incorporate the recording of audio as well as the digitizing of handwritten notes, the research of its effectiveness really is exciting.
Have you ever wondered what sort of magic makes the Livescribe smartpen so smart?
At about 3:20 in this video, Jim Margraff, creator of the Livescribe smartpen, explains the dot pattern system that is the magic (or math) behind the amazing feats of this incredible technology. Watch it now...
- Enhancing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Instruction Through In-Class Pencasting Using the Livescribe Smartpen
by Andrew Van Schaack
This whitepaper explains the benefits of providing lessons to students in the form of pencasts which are able to deliver information as animated writing with voice explanations. It links to five case studies involving science, math, and world language teachers who currently use pencasts to extend and flip classroom instruction and learning.
- Computerized pen boosts confidence for students with learning disabilities
by UC Berkeley Disabled Students Program
This study followed the use of smartpens for note taking by 40 college students with various disabilities. It found that smartpens reduced classroom anxiety for many students and that the benefits of using smartpens depended greatly on the details of the learning disability.
- A Comparison of Information Access Rates Between the Apple iPod and the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
by Andrew Van Schaack
The purpose of this smartpen research study completed at Vanderbilt University was to compare the rates of information access in an audio recording of a university-level lecture between the Apple iPod and the Livescribe Pulse smartpen, and to determine which technology students preferred for this task. For a more in-depth look, view the study presentation here.
- Livescribe in K-12 Education: Research Support
by Andrew Van Schaack
This paper reviews the scientific evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of smartpen technologies for improving teaching and student learning.
- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Livescribe Smartpen Pilot Program - Winter and Spring Quarters 2008-09
by Susan Ackerman and Mina Suchak
RIT’s Disability Services conducted a pilot program to evaluate the use of the Pulse Livescribe Smartpens with students registered with their office who were either currently receiving the accommodation of note-taking or who had expressed a desire for a tool to help with their note-taking. Participants in the study were happy with the Livescribe Smartpen. The majority of participants decided to continue using a smartpen in place of a note-taker. The one student who did not wish to continue using the smartpen without a back-up note-taker stated that he wanted to use both the smartpen and a note-taker.
- Cognitive Effort During Note Taking
by A. Piolat, T. Olive, and R.T. Kellogg
This often cited article shares smartpen research and a graph that shows that the cognitive effort required for note taking is greater than playing chess at both the novice and expert level.
- Livescribe Pulse SmartPen: Reflections of College Students with Learning Disabilities After Use of this Assistive Technology
by Sarah Williams, Emily Johnson, Christine Bouck - Project STEPP, ECU
This poster session presentation shares some honest strengths and limitations of the Livescribe Pulse smartpen, as well as honest student reflections. This is a helpful presentation for those considering the implementation of smartpens.
- The Pen That Never Forgets
by Clive Thompson, The New York Times Magazine
One of the best news articles published regarding the Livescribe smartpen, this article includes how the Livescribe smartpen got it's start, practical uses, why it works, and some interesting ideas on notetaking. This is a must-read!
- How Handwriting Trains the Brain: Forming Letters is Key to Learning, Memory, Ideas
by Gwendolyn Bounds, The Wall Street Journal
If you think we will leave the pen and pencil behind someday, reading this article might have you second-guessing that thought. This fascinating article discusses how writing by hand engages the brain in learning. My son's eighth-grade English teacher who required that students turn work in using cursive would have loved this article, and it helped me understand why I learn so much better when I take notes by hand.