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It’s a fact: Cognitive psychology and neuroscience have revealed that handwriting promotes creativity, deeper understanding and better information recall. It's also important in learning how to read, write and spell, understanding meaning, memory, problem solving and using imagination in artistic or creative tasks. This is because handwriting is a complex cognitive process involving neuro-sensory experiences and fine motor skills: feeling the pen and paper, holding the pen, and directing the movement of the pen by thought. Wacom's WILL™ universal ink technology allows you to develop applications for educational environments that combine the best features and benefits of both analog and digital practices in completely new ways.
The digital classroom
Imagine a class where students and teachers can collaborate in real-time via an interactive teaching app. During a class, everyone can comment, add drawings and enter notes to the presentation in digital ink via a tablet and pen – and everyone can see who did what, thanks to a unique pen ID. Teachers and students also get a better idea of how the development process works and who made the most or best contributions. In this scenario, it becomes easier for teachers to track how students cope with particular tasks. Based on this information, they can provide tailored help to individual students, focusing precisely on the main problem areas. Alternatively, they can use an app powered by the WILL™ 3.0 SDK for documents to easily digitize handwritten class tests. This makes scoring and collating results more efficient.
Flexible, effective learning
The whole system can also be integrated with eChalk or whiteboard software, enabling teachers to work from a board as well as a laptop. The work completed during the class could then, for example, be uploaded into the cloud. This makes the lesson material much easier for students to use and learn from, even if they are absent. All of this enables teachers to save time, personalize the learning experience, and improve the quality of their teaching. The result: more engaged students that achieve better academic results.
Real-time Distance Learning
Distance learning via online courses is now a well established way for students to learn and achieve qualifications anywhere in the world, and at a pace that suits them. This makes it easier to combine studying with a full-time job, for example. Increasingly, students and teachers want to increase the interactivity of such courses, rather than just send information and work back and forth via email. Digital ink applications, powered by WILL™ 3.0 SDKs, can enable teachers and students to interact in real time remotely, by making notes and drawing sketches using devices that come with a digital pen.
Education is an extremely promising market for digital ink applications.
Discover the WILL™ 3.0 SDK for ink to build apps with digital ink and Wacom devices, and the WILL™ 3.0 SDK for documents for creating inking apps that handle forms and documents.
Handwriting recognition
We've partnered with Microsoft and MyScript to enable handwriting recognition using WILL™ 3.0 SDKs. This lets you take advantage of all the relevant developments in artificial intelligence, neural networks, machine learning and NLP.
Semantic Ink
Imagine if the handwriting app you used to enter content into a document or web page could interpret the meaning of the words you write. It becomes a reality with digital ink powered by WILL™ 3.0.
In fact, Wacom has partnered with the DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) to create a system for enriching text handwritten in digital ink with word-specific links to relevant information and resources in real time.
Handwritten collaboration across platforms
WILL™ 3.0 provides apps with sharing capabilities for a common ink data format that users can edit from anywhere and exchange between applications, cloud platforms, services and across ecosystems. The result: Simple, seamless collaboration on digital documents using intuitive, handwritten annotation.
Biometric Data
WILL™ 3.0 enables the capture of a standardized biometric signature data set, created by a digital pen as it is used. The data elements include pen pressure, orientation, inclination, speed and rotation. As a result, a picture can be established about how an individual's handwriting changes over time. This can be very valuable if the handwriting ever needs to be verified for authenticity.
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WILL™ 3.0 SDKs contain everything developers need to build state-of-the-art digital ink applications for a wide range of devices, with minimum development effort.

WILL™ SDK for documents

Supports the handling of forms that contain digital ink information, including handwritten text or signatures.

WILL SDK for ink

Empowers you to include premium digital inking features in your applications.

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