As part of the constant effort to provide innovative teaching resources and ideas to schools, each ESU #11 public school received two LiveScribe Pens for recording written and audio resources for their students. Supported with federal Carl Perkins funding, teachers learned how to use the built in camera and microphone for recording their hand-written notes or content explanations, showcasing mathematical demonstrations or explanations, capturing student work, and a variety of other uses; and with each use, the ability to capture the corresponding audio as well.
Each of the recordings can easily be made available to students and parents as part of a learning management system or posted on school web sites for needed review of materials to be learned. Teachers left the workshop with their imaginations spinning on how they would use these new devices in their classrooms. A follow-up workshop in which teachers can share their creative ideas and learn more uses is being planned for early February 2012.