Education ThinkPad

We believe the tablet will be instrumental in changing how students learn and influencing teacher-student interactions in and out of class. Michael Schmendlen WW Education, Lenovo As I read the recent release about Seton Hall's ThinkPad Tablet pilot, a few ideas came to my mind about the role of the slate form factor in higher education. Having spent 10 years on a college campus, half as student and half as a faculty member, I wondered how my days long ago might have been different with the technology of today. While my thoughts here may not be the immediate reality for teachers and students today, hopefully they will be soon realized, or better yet exceeded. As a student (and still as an adult) one of my greatest challenges was organization and preparedness. Too often in college, I'd set out for the day only to realize I'd forgotten a text, some notes, or a coursepak in my dorm. Today, I'd have universal access to all my critical learning materials. My notes would be synced to the cloud, possibly with Evernote. Because I'd be renting all my text from Amazon or other vendors, I'd be able to carry all my reference and reading material with me. Now those often wasted chunks of time between classes or meetings could be more productive. If I happened to forget...

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Wow it is hard to believe that it's been a few weeks already since I wrote that last post promising a post about my love of Tablet PCs. Time flies when you are having fun (on a new job).  As I begin this post it's important that you recognize the particular capitalization of the word “one” in the title. The purpose of that is to draw attention to the fact that this post refers specifically to the scenario of only having ONE computing device. In that case, as a math teacher and technology director, the one computing device for me was a Tablet PC. Hopefully by the end of this article you at least understand why the Tablet PC was the ONE for me. Okay so let's get started. Some things are pretty obvious; for my computing device I certainly needed the ability to handle e-mails & appointments, participate in social media, create presentations and documents, and do a little bit of photo and video work. However there were some specific tasks that I needed to be able to do in my role as a technology director. Because many of our school’s assets resided on a campus network I needed to have the ability to access our network virtually any time.  For us this meant I needed access to a Cisco VPN client. In addition I tended to be a pretty heavy database user. As...

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