Queens Tech Liaison Meeting

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: 8:30 - 3:00
Location: 8201 Rockaway Blvd, Rm 302, Queens, NY 11416
Protraxx: 051-10-035-035


8:30 am -11:30 pm Mobile Technologies using Livescribe - Hands-On Activities
11:30- 12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 – 1:30 Servers and Professional Development
1:30 – 2:30 What is linked to a website? Yolink
2:30 – 2:45 Tech Tips – Office of Ed Tech Technicians Q and A
2:45 – 3:00 Discussion and Evaluation

Livescribe Pen

Presenter: Holly Deleon email: hdeleon@livescribe.com

Three things that can make the most impact on educational outcomes.
*Excellent teachers
*Engage the students
*Leadership and vision from administrators

Discussion of how the Livescribe pen works
  • Record
  • Write
  • Replay
Processes visual information and saves it, and also records audio and links the two.
Docking station connects via USB to computer and digitizes data.
  • Writing on paper
  • Capturing audio
    • Jump to different sections of the recording
    • Adjust playback speed of audio
      • beneficial for students with processing issues
      • beneficial for ELL students
      • helpful for learning how to take notes and how to study
      • good for reviewing notes -- helpful for auditory learners who need to have information repeated multiple times and associate audio with visual cue system and match them together.
      • Records up to 400 hours of audio
      • Can archive notebooks from the pen to your computer and free up the memory
      • Administrators could use during observations and share the recording with the teacher for reflection and evaluation
      • These gives teachers an opportunity to collaborate by using the recordings and posting them.
      • Teachers are posting their lessons to the school websites, blogs
      • Parents could hear how the teacher presented specific lessons
Pen, paper (special paper -- notebooks of various sizes from small journals to poster size, you can print your own paper too (600 dpi color postscript compatible laser printer required, with free software download)

Once files are uploaded to Livescribe Desktop on the computer, you can search for specific topics in your files by using keywords.

  • Ability to share audio and written information in an efficient way.
  • Art, architecture, engineering related subjects can be shared more easily.
  • Meeting minutes can be scribed and posted without needed to be input to a computer.
  • Math and physics teachers presenting new material and archiving and sharing work globally. (Sue Glascow -HS Algebra
  • Create audio study guides
    • i.e. bones of the body: image of skeleton with audio "dots" to speak label names
      • Use paper and put in printer.
      • Print image on paper
      • Record audio dots by pressing record>stop Small bits of audio.
    • This process is good for review of locations, landforms, periodic table of elements, etc.
  • Talking Test
  • Reading fluency -- print passage on paper and then record the child reading it.
    • Recording different reading strategies and creating a small bookmark for the student to refer to.
  • Project Based (from New Zealand)
    • First and second grade rainforest project. Students researched a plant or animal and created a mural.
    • Created speech bubbles on the matrix paper with audio dots, cut out "speech balloons" to add to the mural. Students can click on the bubbles to hear the audio. Students could record their research and these audio bubbles were included on the mural.
      • Print the dot paper onto a full sheet of label paper
      • Kids do the projects and cut out the label paper and stick it to their murals
      • Attach a recording to the front of the book. Students can hear the comments of other students who have already read the book.
      • On a separate piece of paper, each child wrote their name and added an audio dot and responded to a question "how would you change the world to save the rainforests?" and the students recorded their responses, which were displayed on parent night for parents to tap the mural with the pen to hear the kids' responses
Questions and comments:
  • students with processing difficulties can have information made more accessible and more engaging for them.
  • Use high frequency words and have students record themselves reading to share with admin and parents, also good for running records. Save time by having each student record on the pens and then during a prep you can annotate the running records.
  • The ability to record a single sentence. You can adjust the speed of the playback to allow the child to read along with the recording.
  • For math review - the lessons can be uploaded to a blog or website for students to review at their own pace at home. Or they can have a notebook and pen that they take home. Teacher can email the lesson out to parents and students. Material would be stored on the teacher's computer just like any other file.
  • Can eliminate cheating and copying, each child would have to record their process while doing their homework using the notebook and the pen.
  • Question: Can you print content on the dot paper that you printed out so you don't have to retype.
    • You feed the dot paper into the printer
    • Coming soon: all this will happen on the screen and you can print just once, instead of first printing the paper and then printing over the paper. You can print this on plain paper since the dot pattern is built into the printout. Two levels of availability (in about two months) individual teacher, and publishing companies. You will also be able to add notes to the page and it will be incorporated into the recording.
  • Recording books for small group work, creating audio books by using audio dots for each page. Include audio playback control on the page.
  • New teacher development -- put teacher handbook in Livescribe. All explanations are digitized and available for searching.

To access "piano"
  • Click center of navigation icon
  • Main Menu > click down arrow until "piano"
  • Click to the right
  • Follow verbal directions (make sure volume is turned on)

Tech Contact for K-12:
  • Brian Kaliher bkaliher@livescribe.com
  • Direct Phone 510 553 4991
  • He is the K-12 tech specialist. If you run into any snags call Brian.

Tech Liaison Ideas for using the Livescribe Pen:

  • Incorporate Garageband. Create Piano and have students write their own music on the paper and then go into Garageband and duplicate.
    • One child will write a story and incorporate a song from the piano
    • Partner creates the song on the piano while the story is being written in the notebook
  • Suggestion from Holly - download software development kit and create an app and post it on the app store and sell them.
  • If you don't want to sell your idea, but want to share it go to www.edlivescribe.com and post pencast to the site to share.
  • Economic cycle: Inflation on up curve, recession on downcurve, depression at bottom and recovery on up curve -- illustration of cycle
    • Where is the U.S. right now on the cycle?
    • Audio recordings along the cycle on audio points.
  • A "how to" recipe for making Jello pudding with audio recording with hand drawn illustration. Good for young kids.
    • Great activity for students who need help with sequencing steps
  • Personal productivity tool - taking notes at meetings, documenting them and putting them into the computer
  • Use it for centers, cutting into label printed paper and creating another piece of interactive instructional materials. You can incorporate the audio dots onto the science boards. You can interview people and add the dots to the presentation board.
  • Women's Rights project (Lisa Neilsen's group): students talk to people in their own families and get firsthand information and capture the ideas in the pen. Get photos for each interview subject and create audio dots on a display board with the photos.
  • Timeline in history with period painting for visual display.
  • Embed codes are available for the files that are uploaded to Livescribe site.
  • Interschool/district/country collaboration

Resources for education along with tutorials.
Holly will do a webinar if you have a group gathered that is interested in a session.