For those of you who are unfamiliar with what WIPTE is, it’s a Workshop on the Impact of Pen Based Technology. The conference is being held at Purdue University this year and we are headed there to check out the importance of Tablet PCs in education and other fields.
A wide variety of disciplines are embracing Tablet PCs these days and similar pen-based devices as tools for the enhancement of teaching and learning. This conference is intended to leverage this shared passion and to identify best practices in the educational use of pen-based computing so that all educators may benefit from this technology.
One of the WIPTE sessions looks at the future of Tablet PCs and education. I know from my own experience that OneNote is a great tool for students as well as many other software programs on the market. This should be an interesting meeting, especially with all the “touch” hype from Microsoft that started with tablets anyways and with all the improvements in today’s software.
WIPTE also has sessions discussing the usage of tablets in mathematics, engineering, healthcare and so on. There will be hands-on groups, note-taking sessions, which students will love, and more. We will be meeting with many of the manufacturers that are attending like Fujitsu, Toshiba, HP, Gateway, Wacom and more. We also will be keeping an eye out for the newest software on display and hopefully hardware. So stay tuned to see what we find.