In a recent discussion with a colleague, the concept of writable slates with a paper overlay came up. I’m honestly not entirely sure what these gadgets are generally referred to in the marketplace. The concept is a digital device that allows for a paper based or paper-like writing experience, while storing the results in a digital format.

Here are a few examples of these:

The Bamboo Slate from Wacom

As you can see, this device really does combine a paper and pen with digital storage. You can write on any paper, and the results can be stored digitally. “The Wacom Inkspace app lets you organize, edit and share your notes and sketches on your iOS or Android Bluetooth® enabled devices.”

Wacom makes a host of products like this, some that allow the use of paper over the surface and some that are for direct writing/drawing on the digital device surface.

The Slate from iskn

This is the only other device I found that allows for paper-over-digital writing and drawing.

There are many purely digital writing tablets I came across, such as this one and this one.

So, has anyone used any of these devices? How has you experience been? These seem like pretty natural additions to many classrooms and courses (art, science, design, etc.).

Have you come across other brands of digital/paper writing tablets?

Please drop a comment and share. 🙂


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