Tablet PCs in Higher Education

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This was a presentation for Univ of the West Indies faculty members on the uses of a tablet PC in teaching. I gave examples from inside the classroom for lecturing and outside the classroom for field data collection. Given June 18, 2010.

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Tablet PCs in Higher Education

  1. 1. Using Tablet PCs in Higher Education Meg Stewart, Visiting Fulbright Scholar 2009-10 18 June, 2010 – EMS-UWI, Summer Technology Institute
  2. 2. Overview of Discussion <ul><li>A tablet PC is a laptop that you can write on </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful, portable, flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Any software can be loaded onto a tablet PC </li></ul>
  3. 3. Possible Disadvantages <ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>No CD/DVD drive built </li></ul><ul><li>Extra IT support </li></ul><ul><li>Broken pens </li></ul>
  4. 4. Microsoft Office PowerPoint Word (but Excel and OneNote are also pen-enabled)
  5. 8. Tablets in Archaeology
  6. 9. Objectives <ul><li>To accurately document an excavation </li></ul><ul><li>To take field notes and map grid squares of site locations directly into a tablet computer </li></ul>
  7. 10. Field Archaeology video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tI10lsa2yY
  8. 11. Tablets in Geoscience
  9. 15. Objectives Teaching: 1) To grasp an understanding of a geomorphologic concept 2) To have students use an emerging technology in a field exercise Research: To measure stream meander migration
  10. 16. Stream-mapping video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6hSjQm-xc8
  11. 17. Tablets in Ecology
  12. 18. Objectives Teaching: To have students participate in long-term ecological research during a series of lab exercises Research: To study the effect of Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) on herbaceous plants and tree seedlings
  13. 19. Use of Photogrid software http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgtUE7dSh6g 25% 5%
  14. 20. Digitizing
  15. 21. Other “Inking” Software Windows Journal InkSeine
  16. 22. Marking on Papers PDF Annotator
  17. 23. Digitizing video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnET8us4Bk4
  18. 24. Research
  19. 31. Considerations When Using Tablets for Field Work <ul><li>Inclement weather – Rugged case or zip lock bag </li></ul><ul><li>Extra batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Car adaptor to recharge battery </li></ul>

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