When was the last time you heard a major announcement about TabletPC’s? Hardly ever. I think since the hoopla of a couple of years ago, when Microsoft launched its TabletPC line – we have not heard much about them.
In fact they’re still a novelty item for many.
However there’s many customers seeing a need for TablePC’s and putting them to good use. Mayville State University in eastern North Dakota is adopting tablet PCs as part of its computing mandate program campus-wide.
As a rule of them notebook computers would be better for students, but the university chose the Gateway M275 over a more traditional notebook because of the tablet’s interactive features that allow students to take notes on-screen, professors to annotate live presentations and more.
For many businesses notebook computers are a better option, but there are some industries where the form factor of a TabletPC might make it a better option.
“Mayville State is always looking toward the future. We were one of the first laptop universities in the nation and our partnership with Gateway
enabled us take the next step toward tablet PC computing,” said Brian Larson, director of marketing and sports information at Mayville State University. “By integrating cutting-edge tablet PC technology into our day-to-day activities, we have improved all aspects of campus life — from teaching, learning and research to administrative tasks.”
Armed with M275 tablets, Mayville State’s students and professors have found unlimited ways to use their tablets both in and outside the classroom. Professors have traded in their chalk for in-class presentations that allow real-time notes to be added by the instructor or students. Paper has essentially been eliminated in the classroom; assignments are turned in electronically, enabling professors to interact with students by using in-tandem editing and grading. Voice recognition and wireless access are among the many tablet PC benefits that introduce students to a different way to learn, to study and collaborate with their instructors and peers.
“Mayville State’s campus-wide implementation demonstrates the endless versatility of Gateway’s convertible tablet PC,” said Bridget Winders, vice president of education for Gateway. “Students can take notes in class, professors can give presentations without a screen barrier, and wireless capabilities enable everyone to be more productive and mobile. Gateway views technology as a critical element in providing quality education to students.”
Mayville State University joins Winona State University in Winona, Minn., Florida A&M Law School in Orlando, Fla., and Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., in pioneering the adoption of tablet PCs on campus.