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Digital Handwriting Tools

Some online classes may require you to submit assignments or exams which "show your work" using mathematical symbols or equations. Here are several ways that you can accomplish this:

1. Download and save the exam as a Word document, then use the Microsoft Word equation editor to "show your work" in the exam document. Submit the finished document to the Blackboard "Assignments" area. Please see this excellent resource from the University of Waterloo on how to use the Microsoft Word equation editor.

2. Purchase and install a graphics tablet or digital pen on your computer. This will allow you to "write" directly onto a Microsoft Word document. Submit the finished document to the Blackboard "Assignments" area. Wacom graphics tablets can be purchased online or at retail electronics stores. Please see this excellent resource from Georgetown University on how to use a Wacom graphics tablet. You may also purchase Iomega digital pens online or at retail electronics stores.

3. Save your assignment to your desktop and synchronize your desktop to your Palm or Windows Mobile PDA. Open the PDA file in Pocket Word and use the PDA's drawing function to "write" into the file. Re-synchronize your completed assignment to your desktop and then submit the document to the Blackboard "Assignments" area. See this excellent resource from Microsoft on how to use the Pocket Word program on Windows Mobile PDAs.

4. Download and print the exam, write your work on the printed copy, use a flat-bed digital scanner to scan the document into a PDF or TIFF file, and submit the file to the Blackboard "Assignments" area. Scanners are very reasonably priced and most will generate PDF files.

5. Download and print the exam, write your work on the printed copy, and send the exam to your instructor using a fax machine or surface mail. See your course syllabus for the fax number and mailing address. Submit a note to the Blackboard "Assignments" area noting the date and time when the assignment was sent. Please allow adequate time for surface mail to be delivered to meet assignment deadlines.

 

20-Nov-2006