Last week at Online Educa 2009 I stopped by at the Wacom booth to take a look at their latest range of graphics tablets. I was interested because they’ve started to promote their hardware as a useful aid for anyone running live web conferencing sessions. A graphics tablet is a far superior drawing device to a mouse and much better suited to sketching on an electronic whiteboard. If a facilitator adds a tablet to their kit, they’ll be able to work on-screen much as they do on a conventional whiteboard or flip chart. I reckon that could make a very significant difference in terms of engaging learners and break the reduce our dependence on PowerPoint slides. I’ve got a small Wacom tablet tucked in a drawer, so I’ll be dusting that down before my next live session.
Wacom have prepared a free white paper on the use of graphics tablets in web conferencing, which can be downloaded here.