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Classroom Presenter:
The History of a Tablet PC-Based Classroom Interaction System

Dr. Richard Anderson
October 10, 2007

Classroom Presenter is a Tablet PC based classroom interaction system that has been under development at University of Washington since 2002. There are two key ideas associated with the system: integrating digital ink with electronic slides to increase the instructor's flexibility while lecturing, and giving students a mechanism to submit content to the instructor that can be then incorporated into the classroom discussion.

This talk will give an overview of the system, describing its history and how it evolved from a tool to support distance learning to a classroom interaction system. The talk will also cover a set of lessons about using the Tablet PC in the classroom, including a discussion of successful and unsuccessful features of the system.

Additional information about Classroom Presenter is available at: http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/dl/presenter/

Richard Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1985. He joined the University of Washington in 1986, after a one-year Postdoc at the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, CA. In 1987 he received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award. He spent the 1993-1994 academic year as a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore, India, and the 2001-2002 academic year as a visiting researcher in the Learning Sciences and Technology group at Microsoft Research. While at Microsoft, he started the development of Classroom Presenter, a tool for delivering presentations from the TabletPC, and continued leading the project on his return to University of Washington. He was the 2007 recipient of the University of Washington, College of Engineering Faculty Innovator for Teaching Award.

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