More Universities Jump on the Tablet PC Bandwagon

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As Tablet PCs grow more and more popular, many universities have opted to use them for certain programs. Tablet PCs have proven to be a strong contender in fields like nursing and engineering. Even many art and design students have taken a liking to the "paper and pen" like feel that a Tablet PC gives. In fact many tablet manufacturers like Lenovo, Fujitsu and HP offer student discounts to help those struggling college students get the newest technology.

CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a subsidiary of CDW Corporation, today announced that the Freed-Hardeman University nursing program, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy have established 1 on 1 tablet computing initiatives with them. The Tablet PCs will promote an interactive learning environment for students and faculty. The tablets will also enable students to easily capture and manage information and develop real-world technology skills to support careers across the spectrum of medicine.

Freed-Hardeman Universitys Nursing Program

Freed-Hardeman University’s nursing program selected CDW-G to provide the school with Fujitsu T4000 Tablet PCs for the faculty and students. We evaluated a wide range of technology solutions before we decided that Tablet PCs would provide our nursing students with the best real-world technology experience, said John Bentley, chief information officer at the Henderson, Tennessee school.

Nurses Talk Tech 2006, a study by CDW Healthcare, found that 86 percent of nurses believed that technology has the potential to improve patient care. We are preparing the next generation of nurses, said Bentley. Providing innovative technology now, before students enter the field, is one of the many benefits that our program offers to students.

Morehouse School of Medicine

The Morehouse School of Medicine, located in Atlanta, understands the increasingly important role technology is playing in higher education and the future of healthcare as well and ultimately selected Fujitsu LifeBook T4215 tablets through CDW-G to enhance their students learning experience.

Palm Beach Atlantic Universitys Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy

PBAU’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy strives to provide its 300 pharmacy students with the technology, training and support they need to succeed professionally, while enabling a hands-on, interactive learning experience. The school, which is located in West Palm Beach, selected CDW-G to provide its incoming students with HP TC4400 Tablet PCs equipped with DVD drives as well as accessories including custom backpacks and flash drives with the PBAU logo.

PBA utilizes CDW-Gs configuration services to load the schools image, including Microsoft software onto each machine. CDW-G delivers the fully-imaged machines directly to the school for distribution during orientation. In addition, a CDW-G representative attends orientation, leading a three-hour on-site training session.

Conclusion

It’s nice to know that some companies are focused on spreading the knowledge of Tablet PCs like CDW-G and how beneficial they can be for students. The participation of manufacturers like Fujitsu and HP is always a bonus too. Having the opportunity to test any Tablet PC hands-on is beneficial and universities like these should be recognized for going above and beyond to provide the best learning experience for their students.

Giving a user the chance to get a hands-on feel for the great features a tablet offers compared to your standard notebook is important. Being able to write directly on the screen and take notes saves so much time and the fact that the screen turns and folds flat, will have people looking. Tablet PCs are great for presentations and filling out forms or PDF files that require a signature. Many software companies make programs that can keep medical documents organized or scan ID bracelets for these vertical markets as well.

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