More Uses of Tablet PCs in Schools

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Mr. Maybe, Mark Payton, Warren Crocker, and others offered insightful suggestions for Darren to consider while preparing a pitch to educators about advantages of using Tablet PCs in schools. Others may also find their Comments worth saving for future evangelical presentations. Thanks for telling us that your meeting went well, Darren. Keep up the good work, people. Your thinking represents some of the best about uses of Tablet PCs and more advanced technologies in schooling.

PS: I’ve found that people, regardless of age or interest, almost instantly recognize potential uses of a Tablet PC for their work when they see a short demo of MathPractice.

That demo leads to gee-whiz questions such as “Can it do X?” or “Y?” for realtors, healthcare workers, architects, engineers, students, and classroom teachers.

I wonder why these people show more interest than parents, school administrators, even than school ITs?

Maybe I have drawn a biased sample of potential users or I biased their responses with my presentations.

Aah, maybe these others have money related responsibilities, and don’t want to have to address the cost of a Tablet PC?

What experiences do you have in identifying who’s interested in digital ink on mobile platforms such as Tablet PCs and who is not?

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.