GENERAL APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION
CONVEY VISUAL INFORMATION VIA SKETCHES AND DIAGRAMS
Show the key manoeuvres in major battles, sketch the organelles in a cell or map heat flow in the Earth. Then add arrows and labels in class to help students grasp concepts and processes.
USE SYMBOLIC LANGUAGES WITH EASE
Some subjects are not easy to communicate with a keyboard. Pen-based input lets you construct equations, sketch out ideas or show examples quickly and naturally in subjects like maths, physics, chemistry and music.
CREATE MULTIMEDIA DOCUMENTS
Building a story, a lesson or a concept from a variety of sources is as easy as cut-and-paste. The end product can then be saved as a single document and printed or e-mailed to colleagues, students and parents.
Use on trips to review resources in the field, do additional research via the Internet (if wireless access is available), and capture data on the spot.
Technology has the power to transform education.
APPLICATIONS IN SOME KEY SUBJECTS
Many of the most important languages taught in schools cannot be easily written or manipulated on a standard computer. It is not easy to write in Mandarin, Korean, Arabic or Greek using an English alphanumeric keyboard. The Tablet PC solves this at a stroke. Students and teacher can handwrite characters from these languages as naturally as if they were using pen and paper. More importantly, the Tablet PC will recognise handwritten characters in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and an increasing number of other languages and convert them into text. Similarly, teachers can mark submitted text in the original language simply by annotating the documents submitted by the student.
Once you move beyond simple arithmetic and algebra, mathematics is not easily taught or studied using a standard keyboard. The limitations of alphanumeric keys make the communication of mathematical concepts problematic. The Tablet PC eliminates this difficulty. Any branch of mathematics that can be practised with pen and paper can be carried out using a Tablet. Graphs, matrices, vectors, geometric figures, trigonometry, topology, differentials, calculus, set theory and more can be written or drawn by hand on-screen and shared with students, while students can interact with material, examine problems and investigate solutions as comfortably as with pen and paper.
The study of the spatial and temporal distribution of the Earth’s phenomena, processes and features requires a great deal of graphic material. Everything from maps and photographs to graphs and equations are required to illuminate and understand the interaction of humans and their environment. None of these are easily entered into a computer or manipulated with a keyboard. A Tablet PC, on the other hand, makes all of these as easy to integrate into a day’s study as drawings on a whiteboard or annotations on a map. The teaching of this inter-disciplinary subject can be transformed by the Tablet’s ability to integrate input from numerous sources and enable teachers and students to assemble and display coherent stories on a single piece of equipment.
APPLICATIONS IN OTHER SUBJECTS
- Physics: Write equations, draw circuits, sketch vectors.
- Chemistry: Write formulas, draw molecules, plan experiments.
- Biology: Draw diagrams, sketch processes, capture cycles.
- Design and technology: Sketch designs, plot processes and plan programs.
- Music: Compose on-screen, annotate scores or add audio notes.
- Art: Sketch, design, paint, shoot and mashup in multiple media.
- History: Map battles, chart lineages, follow migrations.
- Physical Education: Use Tablet PCs on the field to access resources, capture data, view video, review student records, carry out performance analysis and revise training and game plans.