Classroom Presenter

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1 Introduction

Classroom Presenter is a free Tablet PC-based interaction system that supports the sharing of digital ink on slides between instructors and students. When used as a presentation tool, Classroom Presenter allows the integration of digital ink and electronical slides, making it possible to combine the advantages of whiteboard style and slide based presentation. The ability to link the instructor and student devices, and to send information back and forth provides a mechanism for introducing active learning into the classroom and creates additional feedback channels.

See also tablet PC, an overview article that includes some general ideas about using such software in education. You also may have a look at Freestyler, a tool that includes similar drawing functionalities (but also provides support for various visual modelling languages)

2 The Software

2.1 Features

  • Slide-based stroke-based drawing/presentation tool (like a whiteboard). Slides are organized in decks (e.g. an imported PTT would be one deck, a series of free-hand drawings another). Each deck can be saved and reopened.
  • PPT(X) import (as deck)
  • Image import
  • Double screen projection (teacher sees more than students)
  • Collaborative drawing (e.g. students can write on the teacher's
  • Deck-builder application that allows to create a deck with images and PPT.

Below is a screen capture where Daniel K. Schneider annotates imported PPTX slides by Richard Anderson.

Screen capture of Classroom Presenter 3.1

2.2 Downloads

  • As of June 2009, the latest version was 3.1 (August 2008). It installed flawlessly on my Dell XP2 Win Vista tablet PC - Daniel K. Schneider 13:27, 30 June 2009 (UTC).
  • project website has downloads.
  • In addition, you should install the PTT Plugins, also available in the downloads section. Tip: You then can open a PPT file and annotate it (import of heavy PPTX slides is a bit slow, and it's a probably a good idea to work with more light-weight half-baked slides, i.e. don't use too many smart art slides - Daniel K. Schneider 16:06, 30 June 2009 (UTC)).

3 Links

4 Bibliography

See publications