Smart Study: An Educational Platform Combining Pen, Paper, and a Tablet

WISE publication: 
yes
Publication reference: 
Van Thienen, D., Sajjadi, P., & De Troyer, O. (2015). Smart Study: Pen and Paper-Based E-Learning. In Smart Education and Smart e-Learning (pp. 93-103), Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies Vol 41, Springer International Publishing. best paper award
Abstract: 

Smart Study is an educational platform allowing learners to continue using pen and paper for learning purposes. The platform allow children to solve exercises in the classical way, using a pen and paper. Afterwards, the handwritten solutions are digitalized, automatically corrected and animated feedback is provided by means of a tablet. By using pen and paper, readwrite learners can still use their preferred learning method while for all other learners it allows them to practice handwriting. The use of a tablet for feedback and for providing information makes it a lightweight and mobile platform, easy to use by children. The platform was evaluated with 15 children age 10 to 11. This evaluation showed that the children were more motivated than usual and enjoyed working with the platform. Also their teachers were enthusiastic but questioned the cost for its use in a classroom environment. However, the platform could also perform well in a remediation situation, home or hospital environment.