Can you say convergence?

I have heard a lot about e-paper over the last couple of years, but hadn’t really seen much evidence as to the possibilities of it replacing traditional paper – until now.

The new Livescribe paper-based computing platform is due out at early in the next year. Complete with a “smartpen”, e-paper, applications, etc, this system will allow users to write, much like on traditional paper. The difference is that content is digitally translated, stored and is sharable via email or other tools like blogs. Imagine a whole class full of students making notes and connections.

There are also translation features – will students even need to share a common language to work together? – and notes, sketches and voice can be auto-posted to blogs and other web 2.0 tools.

Some subjects that require creation of graphics and working with non-linear text and numbers (e.g. Math) just lend themselves easier to pen and paper. This platform would allow learners to maintain the flexibility of handwriting with the even more portable and affordable nature of this medium as opposed to a laptop with a graphics tablet or even a tablet PC.

I have some questions…does it work in colour? Connectivity options? Does it connect wirelessly to a PC? I would love to get my hands on one to explore further…but the possibilities are mind-boggling…:)

Check out this video …even more details are available at their website.

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tags: technology, education, learning, whipple, livescribe

4 thoughts on “Can you say convergence?

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  2. all i can say is wow! im in an online class that has been discussing this issue of e-paper very much. at first i was a little hesitant because the main things brought up were simply we wouldnt use paper and everything would be done on computers. since i was going into math i didnt how completely getting rid of handwritten notes would work. i think a much better alternative to completely going to computers is this livescribe. what a great way to be able to share notes and study for a test. often times in lecture professors speak very fast and you dont catch everything. the recording pen would absolutely solve this. i love that feature. i also have many classmates that always email me asking for notes since they missed class. honeslty i barely respond because it takes so much time to type in the notes but if i had this it would be a piece of cake. as a student i would love to have this but also as a teacher i would love for my students to have it. im curious as to how much they cost?

  3. Doesn’t the scenario presented in the Livescribe demonstration video reinscribes a top-down mode of instructional delivery which is generally less effective than more collaborative, student centered models?
    I would be interested in hearing ideas for using Livescribe tools in the context of a student centered pedagogy. At this point, I fail to see why Livescribe tools would be superior to tools, such as the Tablet PC, already in use.

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