A Survey Based Study on Personalizing Student Learning Using MyEduDecks Application
MyEduDecks is a pen-based digital flashcards application that has been in development since 2013 at South Fayette High School. MyEduDecks is an extension of the Tablet Flashcard Application that was originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The MyEduDecks application was created to understand how K-12 students use and benefit from pen-based technologies. It was our goal to personalize student learning and improve peer-to-peer communication. The application can be used to create custom study decks for students and give them the ability to use their stylus to input answers and rely on automated grading (based on ink recognition) or self-grading to progress through their studies. The use of the stylus allows students to enter free hand input using text, numbers and sketches. It is particularly appropriate for subject areas where the answers are multi-dimensional (e.g.,: equations). This paper presents our application, its utility in a K-12 school environment, and preliminary data on the use of application at South Fayette School District.
The MyEduDecks application could never have been completed without the aid of several individuals as well as support from the South Fayette School District. The original MyEduDecks application was developed as a University project under Dr. Ananda Gunawardena, who was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and oversaw the application from its inception until year three, and the team appreciates his advice. The team also appreciates the willingness of Mr. Scott Phillip, a 7th grade history teacher at South Fayette Middle School, to give class time as well as some personal time for training out of his day in order to test the MyEduDecks application. His recommendations and suggestions proved extremely helpful in guiding future development of the application. The team appreciates the time the seventy-eight students took in order to provide us with valuable feedback as well as an excellent data set for future research. Lastly, the South Fayette School district, under Dr. Bille Rondinelli, has given the team continued support through the last four years and has provided the funding for trips and conferences like CPTTE. Without any of these individuals the team could not have reached this level of accomplishment and opportunity that the MyEduDecks application provides.
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