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ERIC Number: EJ824990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Building a Better Biology Lab? Testing Tablet PC Technology in a Core Laboratory Course
Pryor, Gregory; Bauer, Vernon
Journal of College Science Teaching, v38 n2 p44-48 Dec 2008
Tablet PC technology can enliven the classroom environment because it is dynamic, interactive, and "organic," relative to the rigidity of chalkboards, whiteboards, overhead projectors, and PowerPoint presentations. Unlike traditional computers, tablet PCs employ "digital linking," allowing instructors and students to freehand annotate, clarify, and highlight directly over computer documents as they are shown in class (Anderson 2004; Anderson and Anderson 2004). However, just because tablet PCs enhance the learning environment and encourage interactivity, they might not necessarily improve student learning. In this study, the authors tested whether tablet PC technology would affect their students' performance in a core introductory biology laboratory course. (Contains 6 figures and tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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