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Seneca College wins WIPTE Video Contest with Tablet PCs



WIPTE, the Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education, has announced the winner of their video contest looking for the best example that delivers that “impact”. That winner is Carol Carruthers from Seneca College in Canada, who showed off students using Tablet PCs to learn and practice mathematics as part of their HP Tablet Computing Project.

My thoughts, links to all the runners-up (worth checking), and press release posted after the jump.

After viewing the winning video and sneaking a peek at some of the runners-up, it’s clear to me why it won. The others I watched are all good. I especially liked “4 generations of Tablet PC in Centrale Lyon” but that one really appealed to the tablet geek in me (which is most of me). The Seneca video, on the other hand, felt more focused on the students in the classroom putting pen to screen, using tablets to learn rather than learning to use tablets. Gives the impression that anyone and everyone should be using pen-based computing. Focusing on mathematics, a subject that relies on pen-based input and is required for everyone, was a smart decision too.

Runner-up Videos:
Video: Tablet PC’s in software design education (UC Irvine)
Video: Collaborative analysis in theory IV (Appalachian State University)
Video: 4 generations of Tablet PC (Centrale Lyon)
Video: Art and technology integration (Mercy High School)
Video: Tablets in one word (Hawken School)
Video: Tablet PC’s in distance learning (Georgia Tech Savannah)
Video: Tablet PC implementation (Capistrano Valley Christian Schools)
Video: Teaching with a Tablet PC (Hart High School)
Video: The Tablet is an amazing teaching tool
Video: I love tablet PC (CSULA)

Press release from WIPTE:

WIPTE Announces the Winner of its $3000 Tablet PC Video Contest Winning Video Receives Over 1500 Views

Indianapolis, Ind. – WIPTE, the Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education, today announces Carol Carruthers from Seneca College in Canada as the winner of its video contest. Carruthers’ video received nearly 1500 views during the public voting time period and highlighted student learning with tablet PCs and interactive education software. For submitting the winning video, Carruthers receives $3,000 US Dollars.

Videos were evaluated by WIPTE committee members who ranked videos based on the number of YouTube ratings and views, as well as pen-based relevance, student engagement, informative content and overall video production.

“By inviting viewers into the classroom the videos illustrate the range of ways Tablet PCs can couple with appropriate software and pedagogy to improve student learning, ” said Rob Reed, WIPTE committee member. “Aside from making a live classroom visit, there is no better way to understand the power of pen-based computing.”

WIPTE launched the contest in October 2009 to encourage educators and administrators to share their positive experiences with pen-based technology. The number of video submissions exceeded expectations and reflects the growing number of educators around the globe utilizing pen-technology to engage students and enhance education.

The next WIPTE conference takes place October 25 – 26, 2010 at Virginia Tech. Educators from all disciplines and institution types are invited to submit papers, presentation proposals and videos highlighting pen-technology usage. To learn more about WIPTE and to view all of the video submissions visit



  1. Scott

    01/20/2010 at 10:10 pm

    Why do they write on it with the screens up like that? It seems really awkward to me. As a slate user, this puzzles me greatly.

    The others are very nice as well and I really like the cross-curricular work at Mercy High.

  2. carol

    01/27/2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Scott
    Some students are hard wired due to connection fluctuations. When the tablets are reversed in slate form, they find the overhead lighting shines on the screen. Further, it allows free access to the keyboard, as we often google or browse to find additional sites of interest.
    We have students work in the a they find most comfortable as periods are two hours long.

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