Wacom for Education — The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard

Team EdTechX
May 22, 2020 · 3 min read
Photo Courtesy of Wacom for Education

Wacom embraces the world of creativity. Through their digital pen products, they enable imaginations to thrive, allow those free to explore and express new ideas as well as ‘add a little richness to our lives’. In a time where engagement, empathy and sparking creativity is so important, Wacom spoke at the online EdTechX Summit 2020 on how to power the digital classroom.

Photo taken from Wacom’s presentation at the online EdTechX Summit

Wacom has almost 40 years experience and is market leaders in this space. With customers that range from Disney and Dreamworks to Ferrari, the versatility of their products is why they are trusted by so many engineers, product designers, creatives and movie makers. Now they are adding educators to this mix.

Their technology goes beyond the pen itself to allow a seamless approach in teaching, content generating and online learning, with leading digital ink technology. The power of handwriting over the keyboard becomes most evident when maths lessons are taken as an example. The limitations of the keyboard and mouse are overcome with the pen, creating a quick and easy fix to challenges in teaching and learning from home.

Photo taken from Wacom’s presentation at the online EdTechX Summit

During their keynote, Faik Karaoglu describes how all their products integrate seamlessly into all devices, workflows, operating systems as well as office applications and video conferencing platforms like Zoom or Teams. They have been optimised for software features and suitable for all education apps.

Photo taken from Wacom’s presentation at the online EdTechX Summit

There are two products specifically within Wacom’s offerings that are geared towards education. During these unprecedented times, teachers need to find new ways to present interesting, engaging lessons without having the traditional classroom equipment like blackboards available, without the possibility to have real face-to-face meetings with students for feedback and collaboration. Additionally, many subjects are better explained visually, which is hard to do using a mouse or keyboard. Wacom One and Wacom Cintiq 16 help to support these challenges. Wacom One is more geared towards STEM education, whereas Wacom Cintiq is designed for Arts education. These are entry-level products to help start your journey into the new digital classroom.

Photo taken from Wacom’s presentation at the online EdTechX Summit

Wacom for education is where new opportunities for e-learning and remote teaching can be created for both students and teachers alike. Wacom solutions allow teachers to do their job as usual, yet in a digital environment.

Photo taken from Wacom’s presentation at the online EdTechX Summit

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