WACOM INTUOS, Part 3: Evidence-Based Strategies and Wacom Intuos @wacom #WacomForEducation

How can we link unproven technology to evidence-based strategies that work? That is, we know technology is effective at what it does. But how can we use that technology in ways to accelerate student learning and maximize growth in an academic school year?

Or, as I asked in Part 2 of this series featuring the Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet, What evidence-based strategies can we connect to the use of Wacom Intuos tablet in the K-16 classroom?

Consulting the Database

In Corwin Press' amazing Visible Learning MetaX database, you will find a wealth of research studies. Each is arranged according to instructional strategy it relates to. Some studies underscore the effectiveness of a strategy, while others reveal it to be less so. 

One strategy that is worth paying attention to is Concept Mapping (d=0.64). You might define it in the following way:
The creation of graphic, hierarchical representations of course content. When students arrange new information, connecting it to what they know, they learn best.
Unless you have a touch-friendly device, retrofitting your technology may be a bit expensive. Instead you can may choose to purchase Wacom Intuos Pen Tablets as an inexpensive, albeit powerful, multi-purpose peripheral. Usable in K-12 in about every situation you can imagine, students can take advantage of concept mapping strategy to construct relationships between new skills and ideas.

Research has shown that taking notes by hand on paper aids memory, with your brain given the space to think and summarize far better than if you’re tapping information straight onto a computer. Notepads allow you to make eye contact with colleagues and teachers and don’t erect barriers in the same way that laptops do. Source: Capture Ideas, Wacom

The Power of the Pen

One of my favorite uses of pen and paper is concept mapping. I love to put together my understanding of what I'm learning. When I gifted my collection of books to my daughter, she promptly unearthed a few of my hand-drawn concept maps. I have long since given up mapping on a computer screen except when creating a final version of a concept map.

One of my three concept maps that my daughter sent back to me.

I can easily see students using their Wacom Intuos tablets in Career and Technology (CATE) classrooms. A more subtle use would be in 1 to 1 Chromebook classroom, Windows computer labs where these devices could be brought out when introducing students to evidence-based strategies such as concept mapping, concept sorts (a part of Vocabulary Programs strategy), and more.

Did You Know?

The pen tablets are great solutions for students and teachers and provide a simple way to add an easy-to-use digital pen to their Mac, PC, or Chromebook. It also comes with 3 months of the professional versions of Pear Deck, Collaboard, Explain Everything, Kami and Limnu at no additional charge. 
Educators can use the pen tablets to create engaging lessons and teaching videos and for digital whiteboarding. For students, the pen tablets allow them to practice handwriting, show their work on math problems and scientific equations, annotate and comment for peer review, and make engaging presentations engaging to show what they know. 
With a Wacom pen tablet, teachers and students are free to express themselves in ways not attainable with a computer mouse. Source: Margaret Heck

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