The Tablet PC Takes Its Place in the Classroom
TABLET PC's have been around for almost two years now, and while they have not yet proved to be the revolutionary change agents that they were billed as in November 2002, they are starting to carve a niche for themselves in certain corners of the digital world.
...perhaps the most promising area so far is in the classroom, a setting in which portable devices with handwriting capabilities would seem to make sense. Educators at a handful of schools, many of them private high schools, are pressing ahead with plans to issue students tablet PC's for use in English, foreign language, math, science and social studies classes.
At some schools, the hope is to do away with paper notebooks, on the way to eliminating as much paper as possible. In that vision, students would take tests electronically, read their textbooks online and send their homework by e-mail. Proponents say the devices can improve interaction among teachers and students and increase opportunities for critical thinking by cutting down on busywork.
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