There has been much talk recently about how the digital pen will revolutionise education. This is absolutely true as an idea. The digital pen has come a long way, and now it is proving to be invaluable in many curriculum subjects. One of the new amalgamations of subjects, STEM, relies upon digital pens for much of its delivery. This is not to say that schools have to have digital pens to deliver this subject, but teachers are reporting that their delivery is much improved with the use of the digital pen.
It is arguable that the digital pen is the one tool that can help translate this subject effectively. In this subject, and especially perhaps in the science component, diagrams and tables are highly important for understanding on the part of the learner. If these diagrams are effectively conveyed on paper, then all is well. However, the fact that a digital pen can be used to first to draw a diagram in science, then adapt and label it, before possibly re-adapting it for later use, makes it a much more versatile instrument than the normal pen and paper setup.
This has a further permutation in the world of work that succeeds school. All those young scientists and engineers who use digital pens in schools today will transfer the skills to their grown-up lives. They will draw diagrams using digital pens and share these diagrams using digital pens, and all the while it will be more efficient and much more effective. The scientists and engineers of the future can now practice the skills in the classroom. Their confidence in being able to go back to the digital drawing board will be insurmountable when they are faced with real-world problems to solve.
Rough sketches to developed diagrams
Within secondary schools across the world, children are using their digital pens for rough sketches, through to proper and developed logical diagrams that show processes at work, and then round again to concept maps to help work start in the first place. All of these designs are made easier through the use of a digital pen.
It seems funny to think that years ago the digital pen was not used at all. It has made a difference in classrooms in the science and engineering areas, simply because it primarily saves paper. Then, it also saves frustration on the part of the learner. Having to erase work or rip it up and start again can cause frustration, especially for special educational needs children.
The digital pen, alongside computer technology, allows for quick erasing of work, and it is painless and risk-free too. Instead, children can quickly get on with the next aspect of their work without having to worry about the fact that they have had to get rid of other work. It all goes very smoothly and digitally.
In the next article in this short series of blog posts we will look at other ways in which the digital pen is slowly taking over the world. Education is one area in which it has had rich input.