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Staff Development for Smartpen. Your Presenter: Holly De Leon, VP K12 Division. My contact information: [email protected] 512-924-8550 cell 512-916-9801 office Background: Speech/Language Pathology; Special Education

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your presenter holly de leon vp k12 division
Your Presenter: Holly De Leon, VP K12 Division
  • My contact information: [email protected]
          • 512-924-8550 cell
          • 512-916-9801 office
  • Background: Speech/Language Pathology; Special Education
  • Developed K12 Divisions for LeapFrog, American Reading Company, Sed de Saber, Livescribe
  • Overview of Smartpen and Dot Paper
  • Module 1: Record and Playback
  • Module 2: Save and Search
  • Module 3: Send and Share
  • Module 4: Customize and Expand
  • Module 5: Plan for Use


our objective in education
Our Objective in Education

We can impact this part

Time Spent Learning

Degree of Learning


Time Needed to Learn


Who Is Using the Smartpen in Education?

Pen & Paper

Pencast Sharing

Store on Computer





livescribe s paper based computing platform
Livescribe’s Paper-based Computing Platform


Livescribe Desktop

Applications and SDK

Pencasts and Community


module 1 record and playback
Module 1: Record and Playback

Smartpen Features

Dot Positioning System


Paper Replay




What is a SMARTPEN?

How Is It Being Used in Education?

Dot-Paper = Dot Positioning System

Captures/stores your writing

Captures/stores audio, linking to writing

Pencast Sharing

Pen & Dot-Paper

Store on Computer =



binaural recording
Binaural Recording
  • Binaural is to the ears what binocular is to the eyes
    • – Stereo recording, but better
    • – The highest fidelity recording system available

• Far field recording challenge

    • – Binaural summation produces a 10dB boost…which is the perceptual equivalent of asking someone to speak up

• Benefits of spatial audio

    • – 3-dimensional sound produces a strong sense of presence
    • – Allows the listener to distinguish voices based on location and to selectively tune out unwanted sounds
    • – Note: binaural microphones are required to record spatial audio, but any earphones can play the 3D recordings back
dot positioning system
Dot Positioning System
  • Two-Dimensional Barcode
    • Camera in pen tip reads 6 x 6 dot region
    • Each dot can have 1 of 4 positions
    • 4^36 = 4.72 x 10^21
    • Practically speaking, that’s > 7 trillion unique notebook pages
notebooks buy from us or print your own
Notebooks- Buy From Us or Print Your Own


Flip Notepad


3 Subject Notebook

Single Subject


Black Journal


audio controls
Audio Controls
  • Nav Plus
  • Record-Pause-Stop
  • Jump Forward/Back
  • Bookmark
  • Position Bar
  • Playback Speed
  • Volume
module 2 save and search
Module 2: Save and Search
  • Docking Smartpen
  • Livescribe Desktop Software
  • Notebooks & Pens
  • Pages & Audio
  • Custom Notebooks
  • Search Function




Docking Smartpen

Docking Cradle for Pulse smartpen

Micro USB Cable for Echo smartpen

livescribe desktop features
Livescribe Desktop Features

Pen Name &



Custom Notebooks


pencasts audio annotated animated diagrams
Pencasts: Audio-Annotated Animated Diagrams
  • • Share it with one…or everyone
    • – Livescribe Community
    • – Embedded in web pages
  • • Non-linear access through ink
  • If a picture is worth a thousand words
  • – Capture sequence and oral description

• Content authoring made easy

    • – Turn the smartpen on and tap Record
      • Talk while your write and draw
      • Tap Stop
module 3 send and share
Module 3: Send and Share
  • Share Button
  • Livescribe On Line
  • .pencast file
  • Send to iPad or iPhone
  • Send Custom Notebook



my livescribe on the apple ipad iphone itouch
My Livescribe on the Apple iPad, iPhone, iTouch

Do More With the Information You Capture

  • View and download your pencasts from your Livescribe Online account
  • Play pencasts on an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch
  • Share pencasts with others
  • Native, high-resolution iPad support



Student Pencasts

  • Telling a story with pictures
  • Sequencing
  • Oral language practice
  • Incorporate art into lessons
  • Create a comic strip with different character voices
  • Recall steps in a science experiment
  • Check for reading comprehension


pencast power what can be accomplished with a single pencast
PENCAST POWER – What Can Be Accomplished With A Single Pencast?

Lesson Archive

Create custom folders for all lessons by date, by standard

Lesson Delivery

Record in class using doc cam

Pre-record – deliver as a pencast

Student Review

Send to classroom computer for student review of lesson

Parent Pencasts

Send to parents so they know how lesson was delivered in class

Share With Students



>Alternative Schools

Collaborate With Colleagues

Create “Promising Practices” portal

New Teacher mentoring

Embedded Staff Development


Seamless Integration of Technology in the Classroom


Audio Study Guides

Making content accessible to ALL students needing additional reinforcement

content can be printed on dot paper
Content Can Be Printed on Dot-Paper
  • Create Audio Study Guide
  • Dot paper in print tray
  • Print content on paper
  • Record audio
    • Tap –record-
    • Speak as you are making audio dot
    • Tap –stop-
audio dots can be attached to any surface
Audio Dots Can Be Attached to ANY Surface

Interactive Maps

Audio-enabled Books

Child-to-Child Program

Celebrity Reader Program

Talking Word Wall


Seamless Integration of Technology in the Classroom


Administrative Uses




in class observations of students or teachers
In-Class Observations of Students or Teachers

Capture audio linked with observational notations

in class observations of students or teachers1
In-Class Observations of Students or Teachers

(Stallings, Needles, & Sparks, 1987)

ideas supplied from educators around the world www livescribek12 com
Ideas Supplied From Educators Around the

Audio Study GuideThink-Aloud Math Problems- /

Students use the Pulse pen and notebook to work their math problems as they describe verbally the math process they are using. The teacher is able to listen to the child’s process to determine any gaps in the student’s understanding of the math concept.

Dynamic Dictionary – (from Eric Martini, Runanga School, New Zealand)

Students write unfamiliar words in their “Dictionary” and then research to find its meaning. To reinforce their learning, they write keywords or draw some visual cues, and then use the smartpen to record audio of their understanding and meaning of the word, how it is used, and tips on pronunciation for difficult words. Students then review and self assess.

Chemistry Pencasts for Student Review

Dr. Daniel Stasko, a Natural & Applied Sciences Professor at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College, has been capturing chemistry lectures using a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen for over a year now and sharing them as pencasts with his students.

student use
Student Use

Teacher In My Pocket


Oral Practice (debate, plays)

Oral Reports



notetaking is important
Notetaking is Important
  • In-class notetaking is pervasive
    • – 99% of college students take notes (Palmatier & Bennett, 1974)

• Notetaking is more predictive of class performance than class attendance or critical thinking (Worth, 2000)

• The primary benefit of notetaking comes from the review of notes

    • – There was no difference in performance between students who took notes but did not review them and students who neither took nor reviewed notes (Hartley, 1983; Kiewra, 1985 & 1989)
  • Unfortunately, conventional notetaking practice produces notes that are incomplete and ineffectively organized (Bretzin & Kulhavy, 1981; Kiewra & Benton, 1988)
notetaking is difficult
Notetaking is Difficult

Piolat, A., Olive, T, & Kellogg, R. T. (2005). Cognitive effort during note taking. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19, 291-312.

solution teacher in my pocket
Solution: Teacher in My Pocket
  • Access to classroom instruction any time, any place, as many repetitions as needed
  • Allows student to listen in class rather than frantically trying to capture every word in lesson – Teacher speaks at 150 words/min, we write at 40 words/min

Levels the playing field

Each student can process the information and take notes in their own way

our postings from users in the classroom
Our “Postings” From Users In the Classroom

“In 20 years of teaching, nothing has actually changed my teaching methods more than this smartpen. I have students who have gone from an F to a B simply by reviewing my prior lessons.”

AP Teacher of the Year 2009

“In 3 years time, I will have this smartpen in the hands of every administrator, teacher, and student in the district.”

Assistant Superintendent – NY

"The pen is a more complete classroom or an extension of the classroom learning doesn\'t end when the bell rings"Carly Rody, Science Teacher

You have started down the path. What will be YOUR next step?

frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do you have handwriting to text transcription?
  • Can I print a form onto Livescribe dot paper, fill it out and then upload the information to my computer?
  • Can I embed my pencast into my blog site?
  • Can I use an external speaker with my smartpen?
  • Does the smartpen work for people that are left handed?
  • Do I have to buy Livescribe notebooks or can I print my own paper?
  • No ink is flowing from the cartridge?
  • How long does the battery last per charge?
thanks check out www livescribe com
Thanks!Check out:

Important Numbers to Note:

K-12 Education Support Line – Brian Kaliher, Lead


[email protected]

Holly De Leon

Vice President, K-12 Division

[email protected]

510-777-0071 X 1348