doesn’t detract from its awesome core
feature set. This is an excellent note-taking tool.
My issues with the pen were twofold, however. The first is price. At
the time of my testing, the basic
model with 2 GB of memory (
approximately 200 hours of recording
time at the lowest settings) retailed
for nearly $200. The second is that
the paper, without which the pen is
basically brain dead, cost about $8
for a single notebook with 150 sheets.
Between then and now, both have
been addressed, somewhat. The 2 GB
version sells for $169.95 (a 4 GB
version costs $199.95), and educator
or volume discounts can drop that
even lower. Livescribe also recently
gave users the ability to freely download and print their own blank microdot pages to a 600 dpi (or better) postscript laser printer. That’s still not
as cheap as regular notebook paper,
but it helps.
Outfitting a classroom with these
gadgets will be a budgetary problem for most schools. However, for
special-needs or at-risk students, the
money may well be balanced by the
capabilities. I do think high school
students and especially college
students will love the device. Teachers
may also want one for themselves.
Assessing student oral reports and
other projects would become much,
much easier with this tool.
Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
$170 ( 2 GB)
$200 ( 4 GB)
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contributions of volunteers, especially during
April—National Volunteer Month.
Thank you to the many outstanding volunteers who have made
ISTE the dynamic, multifaceted organization we are today. Your
actions in advancing the field of educational technology have
exceeded our expectations and are greatly appreciated.