The TLC recently purchased a portable note-capturing system called Equil Smartmarker, and CSC faculty are invited to take it for a “test drive.” Smartmarker is intended to enhance the use of a dry-erase marker board, which is often available in a classroom or conference-room setting. It provides users with the ability to capture and stream handwritten notes, formulas, or drawings into a digital format. Once notes are captured in a digital format, they can be easily shared, edited, and archived.
What’s compelling about the device is the simplicity of Smartmarker’s design. It
requires little more than note-taking on a standard dry-erase board. If the technology were to fail, it would not interfere with or hinder the act of note-taking. The Smartmarker uses standard markers and a rechargeable, wireless base station that is magnetic and provides internal storage for more than a thousand captured whiteboard notes. The base station utilizes Bluetooth technology to connect or “pair” with mobile devices for advanced functionality and live streaming.
Handwriting recognition and native integration with popular cloud applications, such as Evernote, Dropbox, and OneNote, are included features. Notably, Smartmarker is easy to set up and captures a large note-taking area (16×5 feet!); it also offers multi-platform mobile apps.
Increasingly, the TLC will focus its efforts on reporting emerging technologies that enhance teaching and learning. As we review technologies within the TLC, we will hold informational seminars and invite faculty to participate in a testing and review process. To discuss and/or suggest “new arrival” gadgets, please stop in for a visit or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 308.432.6234).