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    Filed at 8:38 am under by dcobranchi

    Here comes another expensive edu-fad: tablet PCs.

    This fall, MSU, an 800-student institution in rural North Dakota, will become the first college in the nation to offer tablet PCs–the pen-enabled, half-laptop, half-notebook devices–to all of its full-time students. According to Keith Stenehjem, MSU’s chief information officer, more than 40 percent of the students enrolled at the school are studying to become teachers.

    Fortunately, tablet PCs have been such a flop that by the time these prospective teachers are out in the real world, the real world will have likely ditched them completely.

    3 Responses to “DANGER! DANGER!”


    Comment by
    Christopher Coulter
    August 15th, 2004
    at 9:18 am

    I beg to differ. Not a fad (a million so far), and the numbers are only now starting to ramp up, with a new version of the Tablet OS included with SP2. Perfect for Whiteboarding, eBooking, Penmanship, Artistry, Shape and Diagram Reco, Note Taking. Students, teachers and non-tech types are requesting them emasse, with GoBinder, a student/faculty scheduler app, being a best-seller. And you know how annoying taking notes with a laptop is? Creates a “wall barrier”. Tablets are a perfect fit for education.

    But a few of the Educational apps…

    Classroom Presenter:
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    xThink Math Journal:
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    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 15th, 2004
    at 4:57 pm

    Yes, they’re a flop- at least for the purpose they were hyped. Businesses avoid them like the plague. Schools and educrats may love them, but only because taxpayers are paying the bill. Let teachers buy their own and then we’ll see how successful they really are.

    I’ll bet that MSFT pulls out by EOY2005.


    Comment by
    Christopher Coulter
    August 17th, 2004
    at 9:00 am

    You are on. What you want to wager? 🙂 Hah, that is a bet you are sure to lose. Given that several Longhorn Tablet/Pen developments already in the mix, obvious such will not happen, and the new 2005 OS just came out too. Plus this is Gates’ personal interest tech, they won’t pull out, even if a “flop” (which it is not) they will bankroll. Businesses avoid them like the plague? Not true at all, esp. in things vertical, but knowing several huge-unit corporate deployments in the mix, this is not true either. Slower ramp up than would have hoped, but a wait for SP2 and a new Tablet OS. You are throwing in the towel just when it is starting to hit a stride. Hyped? Say what? I, personally, feel the MSFT marketing in things Tablet has actually been quite lackluster.

    And free units/grants, are good seeders, but the numbers in the Educational markets are far beyond that. And a good number of teachers HAVE bought them for own use.