Why Write on Screen?
Compared to a traditional lecture and chalkboard, writing on screen provides a more flexible presentation style. It is more interactive as students can watch in real time while you annotate documents or draw equations on the screen. Plus, whatever is written on screen can be saved as a document and can be shared via Moodle, e-mail, etc.
Applications for Writing on Screen
The following are applications that facilitate on-screen writing and are on every iPad borrowed from Bryn Mawr's library. The styli that come with Bryn Mawr iPads have rubber nibs.
There are styli that are much more pen like, a popular one being the Jotscript stylus. Bryn Mawr does not provide these but there is the possibility that departmental money can be used to purchase this kind of stylus.
Find more detailed information about using iPads here.
Doceri: Combining screencasting, desktop control, and an interactive whiteboard in one app, you'll never have to turn your back to theclass again. Create a lesson plan or presentation and record a screencast video of it to share on the web. Doceri video overviews & tutorials
Penultimate: Handwriting app for iPad. Use either your index finger or a stylus to make notes or sketches. Connect to a projector and use it as a whiteboard. Connects to Evernote so you can save, sync, and share everything. Penultimate with Evernote video
Prezi: Use this virtual whiteboard-like app as an alternative to PowerPoint to create dynamic presentations. Choose from a wide variety of templates or create your own from scratch. Prezi training (Lynda.com)
SlideShark: Display PowerPoint Presentations from your iPad with animations, fonts, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact. Comes with handy tools such as drawing pen and "laser" pointer. SlideShark Support Center
VoiceThread: Place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, voice, or web cam video. VoiceThread features
Other Options for Writing on Screen
Wacom Bamboo Tablet Wacom’s family of interactive pen displays lets you visually communicate with your students. You write or draw directly on-screen, on top of whatever you are viewing on the display but with all the ease of writing on paper. You work directly on the pen display’s screen, adding handwritten notes, comments and diagrams. This tablet comes with a stylus and USB hook up for a PC or Mac.
PowerPoint can be used in conjunction with a tablet, such as the Bamboo, to write on screen while showing a presentation in the classroom. Your annotations are saved.
Livescribe Pen and Notebook The Livescribe system consists of a digital pen, digital paper, and software applications. This is a unique tool as the digital pen records all notes written on the digital paper, which can then uploaded to a computer and the files can be shared. The pen can also record audio and synchronizes this with the written notes. Visit Livescribe's Education blog for more information on how to utilize this device.