Jun 15 2011

PoliNotes & PoliNotes 2

Roberto Tedesco

Nowadays, more and more university classes are given by means of slide-based presentations, possibly including multimedia contents. Advantages of such presentations are well-known: slide-based presentations permit teachers to prepare well-polished materials; moreover multimedia learning can enhance class effectiveness, facilitating retention and comprehension of concepts. Unfortunately, slide-based presentations also have shortcomings. In particular, taking notes becomes quite difficult and the result is often unsatisfactory. These issues particularly affect students who have problems in taking notes; for example, think of students with learning, motoric or sensorial impairments. The objective of our work is the design and development of a collection of software applications that allow convenient note-taking during slide-based classes. Such applications permit students to receive on their Tablet-PCs the slides presented by teachers, in real time. Students can edit objects contained in the slides, as well as add their own pen-based notes.

In the following images, on the left, a slide showing text, formulas, and text; on the right, OneNote –with PoliLips plug-in– showing slide content (text, formulas, images) as editable and annotatable objects.

PoliNotes is part of the CATS project (see the Projects section above). Summary and PDF of the thesis (Italian).

Designed and developed by:
A. Marrandino, L. Sbattella, and R. Tedesco

Editing a slide with formulas

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A short demo of PoliNotes.

PoliNotes 2 reimplements the client-side application, replacing OneNote with an ad-hoc “Windows Store” style application, on Windows 8. The new client application is simpler than OneNote yet providing useful features as, for example, the new “add space” gesture (see the video below).

We plan to release the source code as open-source software.

Designed and developed by:
Diogo Borges Krobath, L. Sbattella, and R. Tedesco

A short demo of PoliNotes 2.