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Impact on Teaching

Before using tablet PCs, interactivity was accomplished through verbal question and answer sessions with students. This was an indirect method for assessing the students’ learning process. Now, by using tablet PCs, direct observation of the students’ learning process takes place. Students are asked to solve in-class problems, their solution methods are projected on the screen, and all can directly observe the way they solve the problems during classes.

  • Achievements with tablet PCs:
    • Difficult concepts were easier to explain by the intensive use of graphs, charts, and figures and by writing on those illustrations using tablet PCs. Annotating illustrations and highlighting important parts on lecture notes using different colored pens also helped with explanations.
    • Lecture notes could be prepared using OneNote with spaces for the students to fill-in-the-blanks during the lecture which increased their attention.
    • The previous use of the blackboard and PowerPoint were combined into one efficient tool. Similar to using blackboards, the pace of teaching could be controlled and lecture notes could be walked through step-by-step, and the tablet PC allowed it all to be captured digitally. Similar to PowerPoint presentations, graphs and charts were able to be prepared in advance and the tablet PCs allowed real-time annotations during class to be captured. Then, instructors were able to digitally post complete notes after class.
    • It was easier for disabled students to take a more active role in the courses by sharing in-class work with everyone without having to write it on the blackboard.
    • Using the tablet PC made it easier to check out the in-class problem solving sessions.  Instead of walking around trying to look over students' shoulders determining how they were solving the given problem, a simple click on the icon provided a view to their approach and allowed the provision of precise feedback.  These interactions could also be shared with others in class if needed.  This also allowed students to interact if they wished.

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