How the tablet-pc is used in Centrale Lyon (1)

18 02 2008
by : Gwénaëlle Le Mauff

As you know, Centrale Lyon has been one of the HP Higher Education grant recipients in the Technology for Teaching initiative.
This is the opportunity to draw up a panorama of the various uses of the tablet-pc.
Let’s start this series with Paule Blanchard, a teacher of the Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Control Engineering faculty who has adopted tablets in her teaching environment.

Gwénaëlle: Hi Paule,
can you give us a short description of your teaching project with the tablet-pc?
Paule: Hi,
the labwork is dedicated to discovering the communication of a pc with external devices. Students have to see how an expansion board including an interface card and an application card works. I wrote a tutorial trying to make students self-sufficient, actors of their understanding of the labwork.

G: What was, according to you, the main thing to think about when creating this labwork?
P: It’s true that, first of all, one must keep in mind the student’s learning process. To lead them to a bigger autonomy the emphazise is put on a solid grounding, it’s up to them to elaborate their own progression to go forward.
In practice, the tutorial works in pairs. This is a word processing document on which students can enter the answer with the stylus.

G: Have you figure out an impact on your teaching?
P: Oh yes. The teaching is more lively, dynamic. We can create a real dialogue-based relationship between me and the students. We don’t have a tablet for every pairs of students but those who work with feel honoured, touched by the attention we give to them.
Otherwise, this tool saves time: it allows me to send students their report including handwritten annotations immediately at the end of the labwork.

G: And what about learning?
P: The student’s thought process has never been linear.This tutorial gives the opportunity to everyone to progress at one’s own pace. Working with only one document gathering all datas is easier. Students can scroll the document up and down , correct their mistakes or clarify their thinking. They also concentrate better on the problem.
The reports are cleaner, thanks to the set of colors or the different thickness of lines.
To conclude, I would say that students rapidly progress once they are confident on their way of thinking and their autonomy.

First example:

Second example:

From mobile to nomad

2 07 2007
by : Jacques Misselis

Computing synchronisation and usages in education

ECL Master students specialized in TIC (french) have investigated mobility in information systems and the trend to “nomad” with synchronisation problems

In Information Technology, « mobility » mean the faculty to keep connected to telephone or computing power while moving or travelling (locally or worldwide).
Mobility induct vision where IT is universal and virtual: we stay on line anywhere and anytime.

Nomad/Bedouin ” in computing consist in moving and travelling while keeping own way of life, freedom of working when he wants and where he wants. In other words , he lives with his desk/laptop, his habits and personal usages (i.e. information) and settle his way of life. Consequently, nomad imply IT system physically localised on a portable object connected and synchronized on demand.

Most students in ECL France have laptop and telephone as personal digital assistant PDA.
Data synchronisation becomes an issue : events, calendar, agenda, messages, annuar, tasks, chats, contacts, documents and games ? Technology watch: gmail , IPhone.

Data Synchronisation : we passed from mobile through on line internet services and access to informations servers. We must update and share informations and continue to work disconnected (offline nomade) from IT.

Step 1 : understand these services and adapt our usages of tools . On our laptops, we manipulate personnal datas by application and professionnal/ personnal functions . These informations are secure, backuped, but rarely shared in numerical working environnement (ENT) and virtual office (BV).

Step 2 : overview usages with telephone/PDA et des PC portables
With the arrival of new technologies as PIM, clef USB (article USB3), wizz RSS, our working usages and life are changing. Student project was to analyse synchronisation isuses, state the actual solutions and in Technology Watch. Groupe studied synchronisation of documents, personal data and communication exchanges.

Step 3 (2008) will develop impact of these usages in collective intelligence .
It will be interesting to focus on modification in daily life and student work rythms : collective intelligence / intelligence , collaborative working environment / individualism, terminal server / off line telework , distant tutoring , chat in pedagogy, etc

for more information, please consult (in french sorry or call me):
students site and rapport final ECL nomadisme (.pdf)

That’s a start…

25 05 2007
by : Gwénaëlle Le Mauff

What a coincidence. Our first item dealing with the subject of mobility in Centrale Lyon is just following our first open doors day.

This event was the occasion for the young … and others to discover and to test the stylus handling.

In a more pedagogical point of view, tablets-pc allow teachers to create more dynamic and interactive classes.
The easy way they can add handwritten comments on documents, images or videos to illustrate their speech lead teachers to adopt this tool.

Centrale Lyon is now, the owner of around forty tablets-pc, 30 of which are HP TC1100 and TC4200. The others are: 1 Toshiba T4400, 3 Acer TMC213 et 4 Samsung Q1. Students and teachers can borrow them according to their needs and projects.

Read us regularly, we’ll be pleased to go further on that topic…