The idea of upgrading our Laptop Program to the Microsoft Surface is a notion that had been under consideration for a while. The concept of a portable unit that carries all the benefits of a laptop, with the ability to take handwriting notes is something that we felt can enhance the learning process. Palmer Trinity School is constantly analyzing ways to combine the technology experience with the curriculum and the mission statement of the school.
The MS Surface Pro creates a bridge between intimidating technology and technology used for effectively researching and communicating; allowing users to cross the bridge and enjoy a fun learning experience. A student able to handwrite to an electronic device will easily combine creativity with the flexibility of a digital device. The learning process through fun technology tools is more interesting; thus, enhancing information retention. The Surface fosters the active learner by allowing a more natural interface between the user and the device. Handwriting to a Surface is like using a pen with infinite amount of ink, and unlimited paper; therefore, helping us protect our environment. Real multitasking takes place with the Surface Pro unit.
The MS surface processing power provides all the functionality of laptops, with the added capability to "write" on any electronic document. This unit is the natural evolution from laptops, as word-processing software was an evolution from the typewriter. With a Surface Pro, students can manipulate hand-written notes and drawings with the same kinds of electronic advantages that make word-processing better than typewriters. These advantages include ease in revising, moving things around, cutting and pasting, emailing, resizing, designing multiple variations, etc. In addition to annotation of any document, students can use the Surface’s unique notebook software that includes many capabilities not possible with paper-based note taking. These and other advantages are described in detail below, but fall into four general categories:
- Combines access to all resources in one convenient device
- Promotes collaboration, engagement, and interactivity
- Supports multiple learning styles.
- provides unique capabilities.