At the December 6 Lunch ‘n Learn, Serge Goldstein, the Director of OIT’s Academic Services, presented “Teaching with a Tablet PC.” Tablets, explained Goldstein, are simply Windows laptops (there are no Mac versions currently) that use a special “pen” rather than a mouse. The screens, which fill the length and width of the tablet, also act as a built in scanner.
The tablets run a special operating system (Windows XP Tablet PC) that recognizes the pen and is able to run all Windows XP applications including Microsoft Office. Microsoft’s new Vista operating system will have built in support for tablets. Some special applications take full advantage of having a pen as their input device.