WIPTE 2008: Tablet PCs and Education

by Reads (4,331)

After spending two days at Purdue University for the WIPTE conference, I got the chance to see the new technology and software available to college students, teachers and even some high school students. Tablet PCs and the new advancements in software and touch technology are making students and teachers lives so much easier.

I wish some of these programs were available when I was in school, I mean it really makes work more fun and informative. HP, Fujitsu and TabletKiosk had tablets on display and are very active in the education process. When I was in college just a few years ago tablets were around, but they weren’t as functional as today.

There were quite a few colleges represented at the conference sharing their experiences. We attended a few sessions on teaching and learning Tablet PCs and DyKnow Software. There was a nice hands-on class about using Tablet PCs in certain classrooms and the software that goes with them. There were classes on mathematics, engineering, music theory, science, anatomy and more.

To be able to have hands-on with your class work is great. You can email teachers your work right from your seat, pull up research related to your coursework instantly and take notes and keep them stored all in one place. The software being developed to work hand in hand with our tablets is key.

 

 

The DyKnow Software Suite is helpful in all classrooms. The software lets teachers and students all interact with each other. While in your engineering or anatomy class you can personalize content by annotating notes and adding key points. Teachers can send out customizable polls for review, and students can interact instead of sitting there taking notes.

Another cool tool I discovered at the conference is the mimio. It is a portable, wireless gadget that turns any whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard. The mimio is lightweight and portable so you can take it from class to class or presentation to presentation. You can even print from the mimio. Whether you manage, teach, design, consult, train, or facilitate meetings, the mimio can be the perfect tool for you.

 

I also got to have a little hands-on with the HP 2730p, which we have in house for review and will be posted next week, the Fujitsu T5010 (pictured below), the updated Fujitsu P1630, which looks the same and TabletKiosk’s eo. All manufactures are partnered in education whether it’s K-12 or higher education. HP’s 2730p is already being used in many private schools same with Fujitsu’s T2010, which is now the updated T2020.

With schools partnering with manufacturers and Microsoft Research, technology is becoming easier to use and more functional. Students even get to give their input to HP’s research team. These advancements make the classroom hands-on and more interactive. I know taking notes on my Tablet PC has always been a favorite because it was one “notebook” and I stayed so organized. Now you can have 3D diagrams, notes and more.

 

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