Teachers exploring how to implement tablets in their classroom are always interested to explore new technological developments and we’ve been testing the Paper53 app’s Bluetooth Stylus pen for a couple of months now. We love it, and the kids we have tested it with also enjoy using the stylus in a very similar way to a ‘normal’ pen or pencil. Once connected via Bluetooth, the stylus is very responsive and ignores the palm working very nicely on the Paper53 drawing app.
Tragically, the review copy we received fell into a bucket full of water today, causing a deal of stress, disbelief and fear that it would never work again. However, quite accidently, we discovered that the stylus is also waterproof – the stylus needs charging via a computer USB port – and our pen is working as good as new. Although not guaranteed nor recommended, this further proved to us how versitle the stylus can be for the classroom and is worth considering once released this side of the Atlantic.
With the update of iOS8 due in the Autumn, the developer today announced even more versatility with the Bluetooth stylus, using the side of the pen, in a similar way to shading with a pencil (see video below). The annoncement was made on their site, “Today we’re excited to announce Surface Pressure, a new feature that uses Pencil’s uniquely-designed tip. Surface Pressure comes to Pencil with the release of iOS 8”.