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Archiving Student Solutions with Tablet PCs in a Discussion-based Introductory Physics Class Documents

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Archiving Student Solutions with Tablet PCs in a Discussion-based Introductory Physics Class 

written by Edward Price and Charles De Leone

Many active learning based physics courses use whiteboards as a space for groups to respond to prompts based on short lab activities, problem solving, or inquiry-oriented activities. Whiteboards are volatile; once erased, the material is lost. Tablet PCs and software such as Ubiquitous Presenter can be used as digital whiteboards in active learning classes. This enables automatic capture and archiving of student work for online review by students, instructors, and researchers. We studied the use of digital whiteboards in an active-learning introductory physics course at California State University, San Marcos. In this paper we examine the archival features of digital whiteboards', and characterize the use of these features by students and instructors, and explore possible uses for researchers and curriculum developers.

Published October 20, 2008
Last Modified May 22, 2009

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