Webinar: Exploring the Impact of Digital Ink in the Classroom – 30th September

As laptops, tablets and desktop PCs continue to replace traditional pens and notepads in classrooms, the debate over which is a better conduit for learning and understanding - handwriting or typing? - burns on. On this very blog you'll find articles discussing the relative merits of both approaches, as Gerald Haigh recently pored over the research into the learning effects of handwriting vs. typing.

Gerald Haigh explores the research into the learning effects of Typing vs. Handwriting

Continuing this theme, we are pleased to be sharing details of an upcoming Microsoft-sponsored webinar run by Education Week, featuring presenters from the IDC along with a panel of teachers, who will look at the power of digital inking in the classroom and how it drives increased collaboration and productivity.

Exploring the Impact of Digital Ink in the Classroom - Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.


*Please note that this webinar is being run from the United States, so will be happening 1900-2000 UK time.*


IDC recently conducted a K-12 teacher survey on their use of technology in the classroom, and specifically their use of a stylus-based device as a teaching tool. Of the teachers using a digital inking device, 90 per cent reported improved quality of curriculum materials, and 67 per cent said it increased class preparation time.

With an ever-increasing range of classroom device options, school leaders should consider devices that will most directly support authentic and efficient student-teacher engagement and reduce time spent on nonteaching-related activities. In this webinar, you’ll learn about teacher-reported benefits on using ink in the classroom and how it enables instant student feedback at the “teachable moment.” Hear how using a device with an active stylus provides the personalization and flexibility of a pen and paper, and the immediacy of instant messaging to open and maintain personal connections at the precise moment students would be receptive to feedback, thus enabling better learning.


Robert J. Baker, IT director and math teacher, Cincinnati Country Day School, Ohio
Andrew Fitzgerald, music teacher, Long Beach Unified School District, Calif.
Jason Mocherman, astronomy teacher, Riverview High School, Fla.
Joshua Seamon, math teacher, Williston-Northampton School, Mass.
Andrew Shelffo, IT director, Williston-Northampton School, Mass.


Tom Mainelli, program vice president, devices & displays, IDC

Education Week is serving only as the host for this presentation. The content was created by the sponsor. The opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the sponsor and do not reflect the opinion of or constitute an endorsement by Editorial Projects in Education or any of its publications.

Closed-captioning is available for this event. On the date of the event, you can log in as early as 15 minutes before the start of the webinar. Open the “Closed-Captioning” link from the “hand-outs folder” (located at the bottom of the console) to access Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART). A transcript will also be available for download from the hand-outs folder within three business days after the event.

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