Information and Technology

Tablets in Computer Science 101

Posted June 08, 2007

Hewlett Packard awarded Bowdoin College with a Higher Education Technology for Teaching Grant to bring Tablet computers to Bowdoin's Computer Science 101. With the Tablet computers and Dyknow software, Professors Adriana Palacio and Stephen Majercik obtained immediate feedback on students' understanding through in-class exercise submissions. While learning binary numbers, the students took advantage of the stylus pens.

The primary goal of the project was to foster a positive learning experience in Computer Science 101 for students, who have had varying levels of exposure to computer science. After a positive experience with the Introduction to Computer Science course, students will hopefully be more likely to take advanced computer science courses. 

Sixty-five percent of the students stated that the Tablets made CS 101 more satisfying. When asked what was most helpful about the Tablets, the most frequent responses were:

  • The immediate feedback from in-class problems
  • The anonymity of the submission software made students feel more comfortable submitting potentially incorrect answers
  • They learned from reviewing other students' anonymous submissions
  • The Tablets served as an organizing tool

Read the student feedback we gathered through surveys and interviews.

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