Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Pulse Smartpen

Nunc dimittis...
the Pulse Smartpen has arrived.

I had no idea such a thing even existed until this morning, when a student came up in class to ask if it was okay for him to record lectures. Sure, I said. It was then that he told me about his new pen. It has an infrared camera, a microphone, and a computer, all stuffed into a pen casing. You take notes as usual, but later, you can tap anywhere in the body of your notes and listen to the lecture at that very point. Pretty cool.

But then Joanna brought up an ethical problem. "What about the students who can't afford all these technological gizmos? There are kids who don't have laptops; there are kids who can't even afford the smartpens. What happens to them? Doesn't it give the rich kids an unfair advantage academically?"

That's a good question. What do you think?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You pose an interesting question. There is a Livescribe Online Community where people can upload their notes and recordings to and share them. One idea is to make note-taking a collaborative effort in the classroom. As a teacher, you can assign students to take lecture notes with the Pulse smartpen. After each lecture, you can post them online for all the students.