NCCA teacher gets grants for smart pens

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

Our tech­nol­ogy keeps get­ting smarter, and now a lo­cal teacher will have the op­por­tu­nity to har­ness this smart era to help at-risk stu­dents.

Loineda Dean, a New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy in­struc­tional co­or­di­na­tor, re­ceived a $929 Ge­or­gia As­so­ci­a­tion of Ed­u­ca­tions Best Prac­tice Grant to be used for the im­prove­ment of note-tak­ing skills for at-risk stu­dents.

“The ob­jec­tive of the grant is to pro­vide CTI stu­dents, who may be strug­gling with tak­ing notes while lis­ten­ing to their in­struc­tor dur­ing lec­tures, with an op­por­tu­nity to take bet­ter notes dur­ing class by us­ing smart pens,” Dean said. “Note tak­ing is a skill that is help­ful for all of us. We all rely on notes to help us re­mem­ber daily ac­tiv­i­ties and sched­ules. Notes can serve as an ex­ten­sion of our long-term mem­ory.”

While smart pens may look like a typ­i­cal pen, they are ac­tu­ally high-tech in­stru­ments that have a tiny cam­era and dig­i­tal voice recorder, al­low­ing them to syn­chro­nize and dig­i­tize writ­ten notes with a recorded con­ver­sa­tion, ac­cord­ing to Livescribe’s web­site, a lead­ing de­signer and man­u­fac­turer of smart pens. Notes are recorded on spe­cial pa­per and can be re­played from spe­cific places, down­loaded to a com­puter and up­loaded to other view­ing plat­forms.

Dean said she will use the funds to buy six smart pens, note­books, cases and re­fill smart pen car­tridges.

“Th­ese smart pens are just another form of as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy stu­dents can use to ac­cess the cur­ricu­lum bet­ter,” said Dean, adding that stu­dents will have the chance to bor­row the pens dur­ing the school year and re­turn them at the end of the year. Dean will com­plete an as­sess­ment on those stu­dents both be­fore they start us­ing the pens and at the end of the school year to mea­sure suc­cess.

Loineda Dean

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