Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) May 01, 2011 -- A tablet personal computer (Tablet PC) is tablet computer having the main characteristics of a personal computer in the tradition of the Microsoft Tablet PC, as a machine operated by an end-user with no intervening computer operator. A portable tablet PC is equipped with a touchscreen as a primary input device and designed to be operated and owned by an individual. The term was made popular as a concept presented by Microsoft in 2001, but tablet PCs now refer to any tablet-sized personal computer, even if it's not using Windows but another PC operating system. Tablets may use virtual keyboards and handwriting recognition for text input through the touchscreen. Most of people use tablet for entertainment, while actually, people are try to find more value for tablet PCs.
Starting in January, one Ontario elementary school took this quest a step further by commencing a six-month pilot project with its grade eight students to see if Tablet PCs--a technology new on the market for about a year and a half--could improve the way these students learn. However, the fact is, it is for years educators and computer vendors have explored ways in which technology could aid with learning. Back in the 1980s when PCs first became affordable, technology was considered something to be taught, but now is considered an essential medium by which students learn.
Northern Lights Public School in Aurora, Ontario, part of the York Region District School Board, partnered with several technology companies to bring Acer TravelMate C110 series Tablet PCs to the classroom. All of the school's teachers plus the entire grade eight classes--a total of 32 people--have been equipped with these devices. The teachers were provided with the devices back in the summer, while the students received their Tablet PCs one week before the December holiday break.
In the classroom, the Tablet PCs have essentially replaced paper and the way courses are structured. David Brownlee, the grade eight teachers at the school, says about 90 percent of math, science, and language classes and 100 percent of history courses are conducted using the Tablet PC. He says the Tablet PC and the high-speed connection to the Internet gives students broader access to knowledge and allows them to participate more in learning instead of watching him lecture at a chalkboard.
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