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The Influence of Tablet PCs on Students’ Use of Multiple Representations in Lab Reports Documents

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The Influence of Tablet PCs on Students’ Use of Multiple Representations in Lab Reports 

written by Clarisa Bercovich Guelman, Charles De Leone, and Edward Price

This study examined how different tools influenced students' use of representations in the Physics laboratory. In one section of a lab course, every student had a Tablet PC that served as a digital-ink based lab notebook. Students could seamlessly create hand-drawn graphics and equations, and write lab reports on the same computer used for data acquisition, simulation, and analysis. In another lab section, students used traditional printed lab guides, kept paper notebooks, and then wrote lab reports on regular laptops. Analysis of the lab reports showed differences between the sections' use of multiple representations, including an increased use of diagrams and equations by the Tablet users.

Published November 11, 2009
Last Modified October 6, 2009

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