Thursday, September 24, 2009

Using a Livescribe Pen to Record a Lecture in AP Economics

Summary: An AP Microeconomics lecture on the Price Elasticity of Demand is recorded and shared on Facebook and Blogger for students who are absent.

It's homecoming week in Muscatine.  Many of my students are absent with activities.  How do I make up all of the classwork and discussion with those who have to decorate the field and meet with Rotary?

I have a student record the lecture then upload to Facebook and my blog.  If you watch the video here, you will see how this magical (okay, it's not quite so magical, but it is pretty nifty) Livescribe Pen has made my job easier. 

When I hear people discuss technology, I almost always hear a discussion about a new product such as this one. When we teach our students about technology in an AP Economics course, we talk about producing more GDP with the same amount of resources.

The Livescribe Pen a real-life example of producing more with fewer resources. Technology can also be an idea like moving the resources closer to the end user.  I have found that students like the safety net that the Livescribe Pen "technology" provides because they know they can always hear the lecture when it is convenient for them (and they don't have to feel guilty about missing class... like they felt guilty anyway). 

I have always said that a new invention will be used unintended by the inventor.  My students eventually will find another use for the Livescribe Pen that will enhance their learning beyond make-up work.  If you use  the Livescribe Pen in your class, please share your experiences in the comments section.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He is an author, and also publishes the Mikeroeconomics. In 2008, he was a finalist for ISEA Teacher of the Year.


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