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CPTTE (formerly WIPTTE) 2016 Call for Papers

Conference on Pen and Touch Technology in Education
March 31-April 2, 2016 | Providence, RI, USA, Brown University

The 2016 Conference on Pen and Touch Technology in Education (CPTTE) seeks technical and experiential papers that report on the impact of pen and touch interfaces in all education settings: K-12 or younger through post-secondary, including both formal and informal learning environments. CPTTE 2016 will take place from March 31 to April 2, 2016 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.


Submission Deadlines:

Submission Track:
Full Papers November 13, 2015
You-Try-It Proposals November 13, 2015
Short Papers November 13, 2015
Late-Breaking Papers & You-Try-Its* January 24, 2016
Poster Abstracts January 29, 2016
Previously Published Papers January 29, 2016
Registration Scholarships March 10, 2016






*Late-breaking submissions fall into one of the same categories as the regular submissions (Emerging Technology Short & Full paper, Technology in Practice Short & Full paper, and You-Try-It), but are papers that were not ready in time for the November deadline. The additional restriction for these papers is that they cannot exceed 6 pages. 


Registration Scholarships:


The CPTTE Scholarship Program is designed to provide participating teachers and students with access to the conferences in cases where the registration fee might otherwise be prohibitive. Scholarship awardees will receive free conference registration. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must

1. Be a K-12 teacher, K-12 administrator, or "student"

2. Either have submitted a proposal in response to the Call for Submissions above –or- would like to volunteer at the conference in manning registration desk, moving equipment, photography, etc...

To apply for a scholarship, download and fill this Application Form and submit it through the EasyChair submission site


Submissions Site: 


Submissions Template:

Papers should be formatted using the Springer guidelines at

A sample submission template is available at


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Applications of ink-based computing -- such as those from current tablet devices -- have demonstrated advantages over traditional keyboard/mouse interfaces for promoting student learning and effective educational practice. These applications motivate a new landscape, in which such interfaces will alter the use of technology and enable more effective collaboration and learning experiences. CPTTE 2016 is the one conference focused wholly on presenting and sharing innovative pen and touch applications and research. The conference leverages a shared passion for the potential educational use of pen and touch-based computing so educators and researchers can benefit from and contribute to these emerging interfaces.



The organizing committee seeks full paper, short paper, and poster submissions in the following categories:

Emerging Technology Full Paper:

  • What to submit: research efforts that may help shape pen and touch applications in the future
  • Length: 6-10 pages
  • Evaluation Criteria: educational technology; employ either pen or touch modalities; literature synthesis, investigative approach that may include pilot studies, case studies, or theory-building that facilitates or charts future educational uses; empirical component (or theoretical component with eye towards the future of the community)
  • Video submission?: No

Emerging Technology Short Paper:

  • What to submit: imaginative research prospectuses or detail the early stages of new investigations
  • Length: 3-6 pages
  • Evaluation Criteria: educational technology; employ either pen or touch modalities; literature survey, discussion of current progress and timeline for development and pilot or user studies
  • Video submission?: No

Technology in Practice Full Paper:

  • What to submit: mature or relatively mature deployments and furnish evidence of claims of student impact on learning. Submissions should include quantitative and/or qualitative data that highlight positive outcomes or challenges.
  • Length: 6-10 pages
  • Evaluation Criteria: educational technology; employ either pen or touch modalities; impact (see below); formal evaluation
  • Video submission?: No


Technology in Practice Short Paper

  • What to submit:  works-in-progress with preliminary results and will summarize key elements of expected impact in the future. K-12 and university faculty and students reflections on experience in formal classroom and informal educational settings. K-12 student perspectives
  • Length: 3-6 pages
  • Evaluation Criteria: educational technology; employ either pen or touch modalities;  impact (see below); informal evaluation
  • Video submission?: No


Previously Published Papers

Previously Published Papers are accepted for CPTTE 2016 to showcase novel research that was presented elsewhere. These papers won't be included in the proceedings, but authors will have twenty minutes to share their research with this community.

  • What to submit:  the paper that was submitted at the other conference along with a cover page specifying where and when it was presented plus a novel summary paragraph for the program (and any other details)
  • Length: no restriction (the originally published paper plus the cover sheet)



You-Try-It is a session for

  • educators of all levels who would like to demonstrate their innovative use of Pen/Touch technology in classrooms

  • makers of software or hardware pertaining to education that use pen and touch technology

This session provides an opportunity for researchers/teachers who have built a new or used an existing SW/HW for education to demonstrate their solution to peers. All You-Try-Its are intended to allow participants at the conference to have a hands-on experience in trying out your system. Each presenter will be given about 30 minutes to an hour - first to demonstrate their submission and then to have their audience try their system.

Note: The CPTTE organizers should be able to provide presenters with laptops with touchscreen/digital pen. Please email to confirm the availability of the hardware needed for your demo.

Examples of the SW/HW that have been demo-ed at this session include
* KidGab: A Sketch-Based Social Network for Teaching Healthy Social Networking Habits
* CogSketch: A Sketch-Based tool for spatial education (cognitive psychology)


  • What to submit: Demonstrations show novel, interesting, and important concepts or systems pertaining to pen and touch technologies that impact education.
  • Length: 1-2 pages
  • Evaluation Criteria: educational technology; employ either pen or touch modalities; hands-on experience
  • Video submission?: Encouraged

General reviewing information:

  • All submissions will be peer reviewed.
  • Contributors are welcome to define "Education" broadly to include in-class experiences as well as learning activities that occur outside the classroom.
  • Successful submissions in the Technology in Practice strand will typically consider impact in one or more of the following areas:

* student or teacher attitudes 
* learning outcomes
* classroom social and instructional dynamics
* variations of classroom flipping strategies
* student retention and/or attendance
* homework submissions and collaboration systems
* recruiting teachers and/or students
* teacher efficiency and workload

  • Although we expect many evaluations to be largely positive, we recognize the value of sharing what has not worked as well as what has. Therefore, the evaluation component may include positive outcomes, negative outcomes, or a mixture of the two.
  • Successful submissions in the Emerging Technology Research strand may highlight investigations into the social, cognitive, haptic, or motivational dynamics associated with pen and touch interfaces. Others may highlight development of software systems that recognize symbol and touch patterns in ways that may advance the design of learning or educational settings.

Authors may use to submit their papers to any of the strands. While they are not to be submitted with the paper, authors of accepted papers who wish to have their papers published in the conference proceedings must retain high quality digital versions of all images contained in the paper as individual files for later submission.



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