FULL immersion digital inking starts TERM 4.

 

This means no writing on paper for Years 7 to 9! Make sure your screens and stylus are working.

Remember, we are learning and practicing a new skill that will help improve note taking organisation. This takes, TIME, EFFORT and PERSISTENCE.

 

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If you need a new stylus, then jump online with your parents or guardians to order one.  They are delivered to the College.

Start at the College website www.sthelena.vic.edu.au

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In the example below the Lenovo Yoga has been selected.

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New research underlines the power of the pen in learning

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Written by Microsoft early July, the article (linked below) details the power that the digital pen has in relation to 21st Century Learning.

The researchers conclude that rich sensory-motor experiences seem to facilitate learning, or put simply, it is the physical movement of the pen that makes the difference. The movement is picked up by the senses and, due to their involvement, results in different neural activity that governs all higher levels of cognitive processing and learning.

At a time when so many students are using laptops exclusively for their work, the research underlines the power of the (digital) pen in learning. This has implications for students looking to get the most out of their education, … As the research findings outline, the pen has significant potential to enrich our learning and therefore has a place in education today, but not necessarily at the expense of our digital devices… the use of a pen or stylus, helping students to get the most out of ancient and modern technology.

“Stylus technology – like the Surface Pen – provides a means to have an electronic record of one’s notes all in one place, while also having the benefit of integrating sensorimotor information as it comes in via the senses and is subsequently processed in the various parts of the brain through hand movement,” noted van der Meer.

With only 5 weeks before the end of Term 3, this is the critical time for families of our Year 7-9 students to ensure that their tablet devices are prepared for full integration. As explored throughout these posts beginning and throughout Term 4 all students in Years 7-9 will be using their stylus for digital handwriting across all classes other than practical based situations. Our AIM is to immerse our students in using their stylus (digital inking)  so that they can develop the habit of using this interface.  As a College we believe in the strong cognitive and thinking process the brain engages when a student writes.  Computers provide incredible creative, social and organisation capabilities so digital inking brings these features together.

New research underlines the power of the pen in learning

 

The Power of the Digital Pen

Photo 29-07-2016, 12 08 30 PMYear 9 Students in Maths; Riley, Monique and Stephanie

At time of publication, with only 7 weeks before the end of Term 3, this is the critical time for families of our Year 7-9 students to ensure that their tablet devices are prepared for full integration. As explored in last weeks post, beginning and throughout term 4 all students in Years 7-9 will be using their stylus for digital handwriting across all classes other than practical based situations. Our AIM is to immerse our students in using their stylus (digital inking)  so that they can develop the habit of using this interface.  As a College we believe in the strong cognitive and thinking process the brain engages when a student writes.  Computers provide incredible creative, social and organisation capabilities so digital inking brings these features together.

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Many forms of current research correlate with our objectives, with a recent post from Microsoft. They write;

At a time when so many students are using laptops exclusively for their work, the research underlines the power of the pen in learning. This has implications for students looking to get the most out of their education, with van der Meer adding, “I really hope this research will help bring notetaking with a pen back into classrooms.”

It is through this understanding that the College supported the purchase and implementation of Tablet devices, to ensure that the ‘rich sensory-motor experiences’ facilitated by the use of a writing instrument is not lost;

 

The researchers conclude that rich sensory-motor experiences seem to facilitate learning, or put simply, it is the physical movement of the pen that makes the difference. The movement is picked up by the senses and, due to their involvement, results in different neural activity that governs all higher levels of cognitive processing and learning.

Through using the following months to ensure that hardware is functioning and any peripherals are functioning correctly will help ensure the success of our program. If you have any hardware concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our IT Support Team. For the full article please visit  this post MicrosoftPhoto 29-07-2016, 12 08 18 PM