* Workshop registration

May 31, 2007

Summer workshop focuses on pen-based technology

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Educators at all levels can register for the June 11-12 Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education on the Purdue University campus.

K-12 teachers, college professors, technology administrators, hardware and software corporate representatives will identify best practices in the educational use of pen-based tablet personal computers.

Information technology administrators, researchers and faculty from around the United States will be involved in various workshop forums with K-12 teachers and educational technology consultants. Corporations, including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and DyKnow, also will offer presentations and exhibit products.

"There is simply no other place where such thoughtful and provoking conversations are conducted with such a wide range of influential people on this topic," said workshop host Ed Evans, interim executive director of the Teaching and Learning Technologies unit of Information Technology at Purdue.

In addition to individual presentations of research implications and successful large-scale tablet PC deployments, the workshop will feature four panel discussions.

On June 11, a corporate panel will discuss what new technology is under development for learning environments. An international panel of professors from Brazil, Portugal and Korea also will share how their students use the tablet PCs.

Keynote speaker Elliot Soloway, a member of the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education at the University of Michigan, will join University of North Texas professor Cathie Norris to discuss how to integrate mobile technologies into the existing K-12 curriculum. Soloway is developing technology-embedded science curricula for middle school students. He has worked with the Detroit and Ann Arbor public school systems in Michigan to produce new curricula that uses this technology as a learning tool for students and a creative instructional model for teachers.

On June 12, K-12 teachers will talk about stress-free deployment of the pen-based hardware, and university faculty and staff will discuss the impact this technology has had in higher-ed classrooms.

Joe Tront of Virginia Tech University will provide one of the highlights of the second day with his morning talk on "Implementing a Large-scale Tablet PC Deployment."

The workshop is open to anyone interested in instructional technology. Cost is $50 per person, which covers programming both days and a dinner on the opening night.

Activities will begin at 8 a.m. both days. The program ends at 8 p.m. June 11, following the dinner, and at 2:30 p.m. June 12, when the workshop closes.

Those interested in registering can go online to the workshop's Web site,

Pen-based technology allows users to write directly on a tablet personal computer’s screen. The computer can be calibrated to "learn" a user's writing, and notes can either be stored as original writing or translated into computer text.

Inking, as it is called, also allows users to sketch, make charts and graphs, and augment documents.

Media contact: Jennifer Kapp (765) 496-7406,

Source: Ed Evans , (765) 496-6496,

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