Schools worldwide are undergoing an exciting, and sometimes challenging, metamorphosis as technology becomes an integral part of everyday teaching and learning. The impact is everywhere—from first graders exploring habitat videos on the Internet to twelfth graders collaborating on research with local or national experts using specialized software applications. For school administrators and IT managers, one decision stands out: What is the best teaching and learning platform? What kind of computing system will support the wide range of ages and activities, while being cost-effective, manageable, and secure? These education decision makers are discovering the affordable, versatile, Tablet computer.

What Makes Tablet PCs Different

What distinguishes Tablet computers from traditional notebooks or netbooks is their ability to adapt instantly from a keyboard-driven screen to a pen- or stylus-based Tablet.
This flexibility widens the range of computer-based activity. The expanded capability
makes Tablet PCs an important tool across the curriculum, supporting science, math,
and engineering coursework, in addition to providing the toolset for reading, writing,
online research, and content creation and viewing. Students are using Tablet PCs to draw
and annotate diagrams, solve math equations, design structures, and conduct fi eld work.
Reasons to Choose Tablet computers.

Tablet computers are designed for real classrooms and 21st century learning—from problem solving and critical thinking to content creation and collaboration. Full featured, and with a versatile combination of keyboard and digital pen, Tablets support the full repertoire of learning and teaching, for example:

• Language Arts: Emergent readers can trace letters while hearing them enunciated.
All grade levels can take notes, highlight and annotate reading assignments and
worksheets, and create story and concept maps.

• Math and Science: Students can complete equations, create graphs and diagrams,
predict trends, record observations in class or in the field, illustrate concepts, create
models, unpack sophisticated diagrams pushed to Tablets by the teacher, and follow
hot-links to deeper content.

• Learning: Tablet computers supports improved retention, organization, capture of video/audio
while taking notes, sharing class work, collaboration, and peer review.

• Teaching: Teachers can deliver curriculum through PPT* presentations, Word* docs,
and spreadsheets; mark up digital class work and homework; pull in and annotate
student work on-the-fly, demonstrating multiple solutions to the same problem.

• Save Time and Money: Teachers can use digital forms, convert digital notes to text
without having to retype, and reduce paper, supply, and copying costs. All of this
also supports learning continuity. For instance, on a snow day students can access
assignments, or after an absence, they can review a teacher’s notes.

• Access: Teachers can access a wide range of free, compatible software
applications for education.

• Performance: Tablet computers help deliver an engaging learning experience with rich,
multimedia digital content.

Bottom line: The convertible Tablet form factor best accommodates the wide range of complex repertoires demanded by students and teachers. By providing ink capacity, coupled with a keyboard, it represents the ultimate learning and teaching platform.

Source: Intel Education Case Study

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