penLivescribe is a SmartPen that allows students and teachers to capture both written and verbal instruction simultaneously.  The author of a pencast can replay the audio from these notes using the pen itself or by synching the Livescribe pen and making the notes available electronically for anywhere, anytime learning.   The use of a Livescribe pen can allow teachers to create  interactive instructional resources using the smartpen and smart paper.  These resources can be converted into interactive digital resources called pencasts.  Livescribe pens can be used with a variety of materials including a smart notebook, sound stickers (for single recordings), or smart paper (able to be printed from your computer).

Pencasts provide a variety of supports for a learner; students can capture their own written and verbal work to be used as formative assessment, students can create electronic work samples, teachers can provide audible support for printed resources such as assignments or quizzes, teachers can “never miss a word” when completing a Running Record for a student, or students can create their own interactive study aids such as flashcards or an interactive WordWall.

Guidelines for Use

Livescribe Terms of Use agreement – Please note that Livescribe does not intend its Website for use by children under the age of 13.  If students are 13 or younger, they may not access or use the Website.  This portion of the user agreement prohibits teachers from posting pencasts to the Livescribe site for students to access for any purpose under the age of 13.  Please ensure that you are posting your pencasts in an appropriate location for students to access.

Best Practices – Curriculum Connections

  • Provide students with a Livescribe pen and notebook to record notes throughout an instructional lesson for playback
  • Collect student work samples and/or formative assessment that allows for both student writing and verbal explanation of work
  • Teacher records an entire lesson under a document camera using Livescribe and notebook and then can share with students for review, tutoring, or to provide instruction to absent student
  • Record Science lab direction (step-by-step) for students to access or review as needed
  • Develop a series of FAQ pencasts for your teacher website to reteach a concept
  • Students use a Livescribe to create a graphic organizer or to prepare for a research project
  • With permission to record, bring your Livescribe pen to a professional meeting to take notes at an inservice or conference
  • Using Sound Stickers, create an audio version of a book, interactive flash cards, an interactive map/globe, or interactive Word Wall
  • Allow students to record their comments, perspective, or reflections about a work sample using a Sound Sticker
  • Create audio directions for students (how to complete an activity, connect equipment, use an instructional resource) using a Sound Sticker
  • Allow a student with an IEP to use the pen as a scribe
  • Develop a note-taking resource for students to use with Livescribe pens.

Teacher InformationGetting Started

  1. Review the Livescribe Pen Guidelines.  This important document provides you the CCPS parameters for using an electronic recording device in the classroom.  When the audio recording function is not used, there are no limitations.  However, there are different guidelines for use by students, for classroom instruction, when using to collect assessment evidence, and for professional development purposes.  Each of these uses is outlined with the corresponding FERPA guidelines and implications, as appropriate.
  2. Consider how your Livescribe pen will be used in the classroom.  Review the Smartpen User Manual for directions on installing the Livescribe Desktop software, authorizing your pen, registering your device, and managing multiple pens in the classroom.  You may also want to read through the introduction of the Education Idea Book and Implementation Guide as it provides a very clear description of how to manage Livescribe pens in the classroom.

Equipment Needed

  • Livescribe pen
  • Smart notebooks (these are numbered, unique, and must be registered to the pen that they are used with)
  • Smart Stickers (optional, for purchase)
  • Smart paper (optional, can be printed from computer to a color printer)
  • Livescribe Desktop software

ISTE Standards•S (formerly the NETS )

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