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?
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.
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