Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology in Education drives the trend of future education

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Workshop Dates: March 12-14, 2014
Full/Short Paper Deadline: November 30, 2013
Poster Abstract Deadline: January 21, 2014

With the advent of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses), flipped classes, distance education, and tablet PCs, education is now in the hands of the students more so than ever before. The Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology in Education (WIPTTE), coordinated by the Sketch Recognition Lab and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Texas A&M University, attempts to bring together users, developers, decision makers, students, and teachers to help ascertain and drive the trend of future education.

WIPTTE, which will be hosted on the Texas A&M Campus March 12-15, 2014, is open to anyone with an interest in instructional technology. A wide variety of disciplines are embracing Tablet PC's and similar pen and touch based devices as tools for the radical enhancement of teaching and learning. This conference is intended to leverage this shared passion and to identify best practices in the educational use of pen-based computing so that all educators may benefit from this next generation of technology.

"This is the first conference I have seen that brings together participants from multiple contexts and levels. It includes higher education researchers, industry researchers, product managers, and developers who bring technologies to the classroom, as well as curriculum developers who decide what technologies to implement, teachers who use the technologies, and students who experience the technologies," said Dr. Tracy Hammond, CSE associate professor and WIPTTE general co-chair.

WIPTTE has been going strong for seven years now, with this being the eighth annual instantiation of the conference. Each year approximately 150 participants from industry, academia (both developers and users), K-12 teachers, and junior/high school students come to share their tools, experiences, ideas, and innovative uses with this new hands-on technology. WIPPTE will include a diverse set of enriching experiences including academic and practicum talks and tutorials, campus research tours, grant and networking breakout sessions, and social events, including a banquet at the local winery, Messina Hof.

"This conference is a wonderful opportunity for Texas A&M in a time when it is growing significantly — particularly with the 25 by 25 initiative and the increasing importance of MOOCs and flipped classrooms. WIPTTE brings great opportunities for university instructors to revolutionize their classroom technologies," Dr. Hammond said.

Texas A&M sponsors of WIPTTE are the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Dwight Look College of Engineering, and Dean of Faculties.

A student, teacher, faculty member, or researcher can participate by submitting short or long papers (archival), posters, "Let Me Try It" workshop sessions, or by serving as a volunteer. Each WIPTTE paper and presentation includes an assessment component as an important part of the presentation. The WIPTTE program also includes keynote talks, poster presentations, vendor booths, panels, and special sessions.

For faculty and students wanting more information and to register, visit

Students interested in volunteering will receive free conference registration. Information about scholarship and volunteer applications will be posted to in mid-November, and the application deadline will be January 21, 2014. Interested K-12 teachers can receive Continuing Education Units for their attendance at the conference.

WIPTTE: Changing the Hands of Education