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Computer-based presentation hardware and software (part 2)

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Tool Primary Use/ Advantages Example of use by instructors/ students
PDA
(e.g. Palm)

PDA

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Instructors may choose to use a PDA instead of the heavier laptops. PDA have word processing, PDF, photos, web and database features that are compatible with the laptop and can be used to organize lecture notes, download materials from the internet and then transfer documents to the classroom computer.
If the instructor has created a document (i.e., a syllabus, lecture outline, a sample spreadsheet) on the computer, he/she can then beam it to students via an infrared connection.

If every student has a PDA the professor can ask the students a question, have them beam their answers and judge student's retention. Students can pass in assignments, share notes by beaming it to each other and conduct internet research.
BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy
BackupBuddyVFS is an easy to use backup application for the Palm Treo that you can use to quickly and securely keep your data backed up to your memory card.
Instructors who are using a Palm Treo can backup any important files in case of accidental loss or mishandling. Because your data is safe on the memory card, you can restore it instantly, even when you're away from your desktop PC.
Tablet PC

Tablet PC
A Tablet PC is similar to a laptop with the addition of being able to draw symbols, charts, diagrams and pictures directly on the screen, thus making the information digital without the need for scanning.
Instructors use Tablet PCs when writing math formulas, drawing graphs or processes. Tablet PC also allows you to mark items of high importance and insert your drawings directly into the text.
Mimio

Mimio
Mimio is a light, portable tool that records an instructor's notes on a whiteboard in real time while also recording on his/her computer. Mimio frees students from needing to take notes.
Mimio can be used to capture the class notes in real time. It also has an audio feature so once you have put your Mimio notes on the course web site, students can watch your notes be redrawn while listening to the lecture that you recorded earlier.

Mimio also has a number of different subject-specific templates (math, science, history, writing, etc) that instructors find useful for organizing their presentations.
Smartboard

Smartboard
Smartboard is very similar to Mimio and has a number of interactive features useful to instructors. Both tools are great for visual learners and students with learning disabilities. Students can listen and pay better attention knowing that important notes will be available to them digitally later on.
Smartboard has a 'flip-chart' feature in which instructors can store multiple pages of notes to come back to later on. Smartboard is compatible with power point presentations, allowing you to write on, edit and add to a PowerPoint presentation as you go. The instructor's notes will be recorded on top of the presentation.

Students like the freedom of not having to take notes and the ability to play the entire class back in digital and audio format at a later time.

 

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