Livescribe Helps Facilitate Global Collaboration for Students

There was a very interesting article in the Washington Post a while ago about how students can use online communication to facilitate learning. Online collaboration is not new and there are definitely many examples here in Australia as schools and universities connect with their peers internationally to help learning.

With the recent addition of pencasts to the functionality in the Livescribe Smartpen and the existing capability to share Livescribe content into Facebook,  Livescribe is becoming an important tool for educators and students alike.

There are many ways Livescribe can aide borderless social learning. For example, students studying say Japanese in Australian schools might create Pencasts of a lesson tutorial and using Facebook could have this assessed by their peers in Kobe – this is a two way street – so students in Kobe can practice articulating English words and share these Pencasts with Australian students who can then provide feedback and help.

I can see schools encouraging students to create borderless study groups so that a subject or lesson topic could be worked on by students located around the world. So we take this idea of Randy Pausch from Carnegie Mellon breaking down faculty barriers and apply that on an international scale – why should learning be limited to known borders?

If you work in education or are interested in this subject – we’d love to hear from you


About Mark Parker

Mark Parker is the founder of Smart Selling International Pty Ltd. Smart Selling International is a niche technology market launch expert - helping technology companies launch and grow their brands in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Mark is focused on Augmented and Virtual Reality, IoT, and digital data capture devices. You can find him online at - Twitter (@smartselling or @smartpen), LinkedIn -
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2 Responses to Livescribe Helps Facilitate Global Collaboration for Students

  1. Hi there Mark, I’m very excited to see Smartpen considering the education uses! I think they’re huge. One of my jobs is to work with teachers just moving into working digitally – and I can’t think of a better way for them to do so than use something familiar like a pen and notepad! Will be in touch.

  2. Mark Parker says:

    Thanks for your comment.

    We’ve had tremendous demand from the education sector here in Australia and New Zealand. Some of the feedback and suggestions have been quite amazing. Stay tuned for our piece on social learning using David Wilkins’s XYZ Axis of community modelling. This is based on some conversations I had with Dr Wood from Uni of South Australia where we discussed quite a few ideas around where the next generation of LMS’s need to be so as to have technology like Livescribe and wiki’s like Confluence working seamlessly with teachers and students. I see Livescribe playing an important role in how we become collaborative learners.

    Your point about helping teachers just moving into working digitally is quite interesting. One point of feedback we’ve had from teachers is how natural it feels to use a pen when in fact they’re using a computer.

    cheers Mark

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