The pen you can see in the picture above has enhanced my teaching. This is how:
1. Saves time
I used to spend the first five minutes of a lesson writing out the date, learning goals and homework for the lesson. This was typically followed by some notes and drawing out maths diagrams/problems. This can now all be prepared before the lesson and I can use digital inking to write over the work:
2. Effectively answer student emails
How do you assist students when they send you an email asking for help? By using the video snip tool with digital inking you can quickly pull up a blank whiteboard and explain a concept or take a snip of the question and explain it via a short video. The video then uploads to the cloud and you can email the link to students without worrying about the size of the file. Best of all it is fast, simple and will save you time trying to explain something through a written response:
Guide on how to use office snip:
3. Use with multiple programs
Digital inking is supported across multiple programs - Apart from my favourite tool OneNote, Digital inking works in many popular programs all teachers use including word, excel and outlook:
4. Provide instant feedback
When combined with a shared Notebook, homework can be marked and feedback given prior to students entering your class. You therefore have an excellent understanding of issues students are having and can target your lessons/feedback accordingly.
5. Students provide videos of understanding
When you combine digital inking with office snip and a class notebook students can provide video snips of their understanding. I blogged about this here: http://www.mrawebster.com/blog/use-of-the-snip-video-tool-in-onenote-for-reviewing-students-thinking
6. Having a permanent record of your lessons
By using a projector and my laptop screen as my whiteboard I now have a record of every lesson I teach. This is useful for students who missed the class, revision support, to improve on my lesson for next time and to share with colleagues. This is now my whiteboard:
7. Facing the class when you teach
If your classroom is setup correctly you are able to teach your class without having to turn around and write on the whiteboard.
8. Move around class
7. You can move around the class as you teach and assist students, even move to the back of the class to teach lessons. I am very lucky to have Microsoft adapters which allow you to connect to the IWB wirelessly. This allows you to move around the class or setup in a different position while still having your laptop (new portable whiteboard) with you.
9. Create videos for flipped learning
You can use a variety of different software to create learning tutorials for your classes. See examples below: