Natural digital learning
It’s a fact: Cognitive psychology and neuroscience have revealed that handwriting promotes creativity, deeper understanding and better information recall. It also contributes to the formative learning processes of reading, writing and spelling, the comprehension of meaning, memory, problem solving and the use of imagination in artistic or creative tasks. This is because handwriting is a complex cognitive process involving neuro-sensory experiences and fine motor skills: feel the pen and paper, hold the pen, and direct the movement of the pen by thought. WILL™ 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 share ink data in real-time via an interactive teaching app. During a class, everyone can comment, add drawings and enter notes to the presentation 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™ SDK for documents to easily digitize handwritten class tests, making it more efficient to score and collate results.
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, making it much easier for students to use and learn from, even if they 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.
Education is an extremely promising market for digital ink applications.
Discover the WILL SDK for ink for building apps with digital ink and Wacom devices, and the WILL SDK for documents for creating inking apps for forms and document use cases.