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promoting student engagement with classroom presenter

Promoting Student Engagement with Classroom Presenter

Richard Anderson

University of Washington

student attention vs time
Student Attention vs. Time


10 20 30 40 50 60 Time


what will the higher education classroom look like
What will the higher education classroom look like …
  • If all students have computational devices
    • Laptops, Tablets, Ultra light tablets, PDAs, Cell Phones, Gameboys . . .
  • If the devices are all connected
  • If the devices are integrated into classroom instruction
wide range of potential classroom applications
Wide range of potential classroom applications




Accessing external resources

Note taking


Active learning

Peer communication

classroom technology vision
Classroom Technology Vision

Classroom Pedagogy

Student Centric Applications

Sustainable Device Deployment

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Classroom Presenter

Instructor Note

  • Distributed, Tablet PC Application
  • Initial development, 2001-2002 at MSR
  • Continuing development at UW
  • Collaboration with Microsoft
  • CP3 under development
    • CP3 Beta released, May 30, 2007
  • Simple application
    • Ink Overlay on images
    • Export PPT to image
  • Real time ink broadcast
  • UI Designed for use during presentation on tablet
  • Presentation features
    • Instructor notes on slides
    • Slide minimization
    • White board
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Deployment StudiesUniversity of Washington
  • Computer Science
    • Algorithms, Data Structures, Software Engineering, Digital Design
  • College of Forestry
    • Environmental Science and Resource Management
  • Classroom set of HP 1100 Tablet PCs
  • Average of one activity based lecture per week
    • Remaining lectures standard slide based lectures
  • One to three students per tablet
key results
Key results
  • Successful classroom deployments
    • Regular use throughout term
    • Generally positive evaluation by all participants
  • Effective tool for achieving instructors’ pedagogical goals
  • Lecture – Activity model
    • Alternating lecturing with activities
    • Avg. 4 activities per lecture (50 min. classes)
    • 4 min work time, 2 min discussion time per activity
    • 50% of class time associated with activities
classroom activities
Classroom Activities
  • Pedagogical Goals
  • Classroom Activities
discussion artifact
Discussion Artifact
  • Use student generated example to explore different aspects of a topic
  • Assess overall understanding
  • Diagnose misconceptions

Western Pennsylvania Precipitation and Temperature






Daily average, degrees F

Use Blue

Precipitation inch per month

Use Red








Student Submission

discovery activity
Discovery Activity
  • Have students derive a concept from an example
topological sort
Topological Sort
  • Given a set of tasks with precedence constraints, find a linear order of the tasks
  • Label vertices with integers 1, 2, . . ., n
    • If v precedes w, then l(v) < l(w)












collective brainstorm
Collective Brainstorm

Generate student ideas for discussion

Build a list of ideas

Analyze and evaluate responses

special problem large size
Special problem: Large Size

List at least three problems trees must face (& solve) because of their large sizes.





problem introduction
Problem Introduction
  • Have students explore an instance of a problem before topic is introduced
determine the lcs of the following strings
Determine the LCS of the following strings




challenge problems
Challenge problems

Competition in getting solutions

Simultaneous work

Submission and discussion

classroom usage
Classroom Usage
  • Data from Undergraduate Algorithms course
  • Logged data – timings of submissions
    • Work time – students working independently on activities
    • Discussion time – student work shown on public display
    • Average work time 4:29
    • Average display time 2:41
  • Participation Rates
    • Percentage of students present submitting work
      • Min 11%, Max 100%, Average 69%
    • Some students would answer without submitting
    • Resubmission common

One to three students per tablet

Interaction between students often encouraged

Instructors would survey and occasionally comment on student work during activity phase

Student work a key part of classroom discussion


Work displayed on public display without any identification

Limited information about submission displayed on the instructor machine

Anonymous display valued by the students

Students often believe the instructor can identify their work

Tagging behavior observed

  • Comparison with classroom networks
    • Classroom response systems, “clickers”
    • Single display of rich responses versus aggregated, finite responses
    • Support different classroom goals
  • Comparison with paper based activities
    • Most of the activities can be done with paper!
    • Improved logistics with digital system
    • Anonymity
    • Key is ability to incorporate into public display
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Classroom Presenter 3
  • Beta Release – May 30
  • 3.0 Release – any day now!
  • Current builds available from
  • Most significant changes from CP2
    • Support for TCP/IP networking
    • Improved ink support
    • Direct import of PPT (no need for deckbuilder)
  • For more information contact
    • Richard Anderson,
any questions
Any questions?

For more information, contact Richard Anderson (

  • This work has been supported by NSF, HP, and Microsoft Research External Research and Programs
  • Classroom Presenter users have provided incredibly important feedback to the project
  • Many people have contributed to the project including Ruth Anderson, Crystal Hoyer, Jonathan Su, K. M. Davis, Craig Prince, Valentin Razmov, Oliver Chung, Julia Schwarz, Fred Videon, Jay Beavers, Jane Prey, Chris Moffatt, Natalie Linnell, Steve Wolfman, Eitan Feinberg, Peter Davis, Beth Simon
history of classroom presenter
History of Classroom Presenter
  • Developed has a presentation tool for a distributed classroom project
  • Motivation
    • Address instructors complaints about using PPT for distance learning courses
    • Replace Netmeeting for PowerPoint and SmartBoard with application to integrate slides and ink
  • Initial work done while on sabbatical at Microsoft prior to release of Tablet PC
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Classroom Presenter 1.0
  • Feature set
    • Inking
    • Synchronization of slides
    • Slide minimize
    • Geometrical highlighting
    • Feedback menus
    • Scrollable mylar
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Classroom Presenter 2.0
  • Filmstrip with previews
  • Multideck model
  • Instructor notes
  • Student submissions
  • Export to HTML
  • Quick poll
  • Remote cursor
  • Full screen erase (with undo)
  • Archive with replay
networking issues
Networking Issues
  • Multicast networking
    • Built on networking for ConferenceXP
    • Leverage networking for Audio-Video Conferencing System
  • Multicast – broadcast without retransmission
    • Lost packet problem
    • Performance in wireless environments could be awful
application vision
Application vision
  • Integrated presentation and student note taking
  • Students would take notes on instructional materials on their machines
  • Student control of their workspace
  • Peer to peer communication model
    • Student submissions sent by students
    • Students could send a subset of their inking
10 reasons why classroom presenter is better than powerpoint

10 reasons why Classroom Presenter is better than PowerPoint

Richard Anderson

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Washington

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Simple pen based UI

Instructor Notes

Film strip navigation

Slide previews

Lecture export to HTML

Extra writing space

Distributed Presentation

Full screen erase

Multideck model

Default Inking

10 reasons why Classroom Presenter is better than PowerPoint
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Classroom Presenter 3.0
  • From scratch rewrite of CP 2.0
    • Aging code base
    • Clean up the code architecture
    • Discard unnecessary features
  • Improvements
    • TCP/IP Networking
    • Improved Ink Performance
    • Direct Import of PPT