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Technology Integration

2008-09
The main objectives of this study are to provide an environment for students to interact effectively with the subject and the instructor, and to encourage and increase collaborative learning. Wireless infrastructures have been designed and installed in two classrooms. The monitoring and interactive teaching software packages “Net Support School” and “DyKnow” have been installed on all tablets enabling students to share their tablet screens with instructor and the entire class. Therefore, students will be able to collaboratively solve problems and work on team projects, and share their solutions with the entire class.

To evaluate the impact of using tablet PCs in achieving our objectives, we design and collect data using start/mid/end of semester surveys. Students are asked to participate in the project/surveys voluntarily. Our surveys quantify parameters such as: 1) the effect of the instructor’s and students’ use of the tablet PCs on their attention and understanding of the subject, and 2) the impact of interactive teaching on students’ participation and contribution to the class activities.

The following video clip demonstrates students’ use of tablet PCs in classrooms at Penn State Harrisburg and reflects the impact of technology on their learning process.
http://www.wgal.com/video/19103865/index.html

2007
Wireless infrastructures were designed and installed in two classrooms. Students were able to write on their tablet PCs allowing them to capture the instructor’s writing and make their own annotations. In fact, taking notes was the highest student use reported in the survey. Other student uses included making their own tables/diagrams, inserting pictures related to the problems, annotating diagrams, tables, or charts, and sharing their work/solution with classmates. The monitoring software package “Net Support School” was installed on all tablets enabling students to share their tablet screens with the instructor and the entire class.

  • Student comments on important classroom activities made possible by the use of the tablet PCs:
  • “Students working examples on tablet PCs and the professor projecting their work is very beneficial.”
  • It was helpful “sharing work done by different students which gave multiple ways of doing problems.”
  • “We can actually save the notes from the day in class. By doing it, I will have the notes with me all the time.”
  • “It’s like having a portable lab in every classroom.”



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