IdeaPaint pilot


I just finished painting one of my special education teacher’s tables with IdeaPaint. It turns any surface into a dry erase board. What applications and possibilities do you see with this technology and learners?

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

4 thoughts on “IdeaPaint pilot”

  1. Matt,
    I love this– especially as a former teacher of students who had been labeled learning disabled–
    opportunities to practice before putting answers to paper or computer–
    an ongoing space for students to add ideas, to self monitor, to self regulate
    a space for a teacher to positively reinforce and remind
    a space for collaboration- for students to create, to be able to change and erase and add
    a space for doodling for those who can’t sit still
    a space for monitoring mastery that’s easily reused
    What do you think? any of these of value?


    1. Lani, your ideas are excellent! I appreciate you sharing your expertise and imagination with us. This post has been communicated with my EEN teacher.

      Considering the possibilities you list, how might we create a simple action research project? Here is the set up:

      Maybe allow the students to choose where to sit, then observe their behaviors. She could look for things like time on task, work stamina, and end product. I like to start small with new technology, as well as assess its effectiveness before implementing it on a broader scale.

      Thanks again Lani.



      1. Matt,
        I think starting small, focusing on one aspect of student learning is a good idea! What if your teacher considered her students and their learning and selected one thing she’d most like to see change over time with a focus on practice and learning and then use the ideapaint technology as a tool to do that? I’m thinking out loud here with no sense of her practice or her students– How can students regulate their own learning supported by ideapaint technology? — she has knowledge of her students and what she’d most like to see improve– sitting here thinking some more and wondering what she might add to this conversation?


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