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Abstract Title: The Influence of Tablet PCs on Students’ Use of Multiple Representations in Lab Reports
Abstract: It is often hoped that, as students are enculturated into the practice of physics, they will begin to use multiple representations for problem solving, sense making, and communication. This study examined how different tools influenced students' choice of representations when communicating with the instructor in a written lab report. In one section of an introductory physics laboratory course, every student had a Tablet PC that served as a digital-ink based lab notebook. With digital labbooks, 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 laboratory 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.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Clarisa Bercovich Guelman
CSU San Marcos
10615 Caminito Basswood
San Diego, CA 92131
Phone: 619-5732124
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles De Leone
Affiliation: CSU San Marcos
Contact information: cdeleone -at- csusm.edu


Edward Price
Affiliation: CSU San Marcos
Contact information: eprice -at- csusm.edu