For centuries humans have relied upon the humble pen to get their thoughts down on paper. It has been a reliable instrument, and one that has done the job well. In recent years, technology has changed the landscape somewhat, and a new kind of pen has emerged, one that allows the user to have more flexibility as regards how they record information, and access it afterwards. It allows users to avoid losing information, and it also prevents problems with learners who have difficulties recording information in the first place. The digital pen is now a regular fixture in classrooms worldwide, not to mention businesses.
There are generally two main types of digital pen that people can use. The first one is a model that has a receiver that is clipped to the top of a piece of paper. As you write with the pen, the data is transmitted to the receiver, and the content is then stored. Other digital pen models use special paper to record pen strokes and then the data that goes with them. These are perhaps a little more restrictive in use, due to the fact that the special paper needs to be purchased also.
The very best thing about having digital notes via a digital pen is the fact that you can do a lot more with those notes than you would be able to with a conventional pen. Sure, with a normal pen you can create notes and add information to them with a sticky piece of paper, for example, but this doesn’t really scratch the surface of the functionality you can have with a digital pen. There is so much more you can do with them, which is a big part of the reason why educators love them so much. The value they add in the classroom can be significant.
Many pens even offer further features that really make the experience fluid and responsive. Some offer the ability to tag notes, so you can have notes of a certain nature collected in one place when you read them on your desktop or laptop. This allows for much better organisation, and is therefore really useful to a student. This kind of feature offers value most to a higher education student, for example, especially in technical subjects, where they have to collate a lot of information about various aspects of a topic or topics.
The possibilities are endless for businesses and organisations too. For example, a recent growth area in the usage of digital pens has been in healthcare trusts, particularly in hospitals, where important nurses and other caregivers can record patient information, and then send them to a computer or system remotely. This allows for valuable on the spot information to be collected and managed effectively.
There are plenty of ways in which a digital pen can transform the work of an individual or organisation. And as the technology becomes even more widespread, manufacturers and software developers will find even more ways to create more value.