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Tablet PCs Available for Reservation from the ATC

February 5, 2007

A Tablet PC is a notebook computer with a touch screen that allows the user to operate the computer with a digital pen instead of a keyboard or mouse. The ATC has four Tablet PC computers available for reservation and checkout. These Tablets can easily be connected in e-classrooms for display on the projector. The digital pen technology allows the user to write on the PC screen and have that content displayed either as his/her own handwriting, or as plain-text using a handwriting recognition feature.

You might use a Tablet PC in your class to diagram, highlight, mark-up, or comment on PowerPoint slides that are displayed on the e-classroom projector. These additions and mark-ups can easily be saved within the document so you can refer back to them at a later time.

You could also use a Tablet to take notes at conferences or presentations you attend. As mentioned previously, you could also use this in the classroom. Bringing up a blank Word or Note Pad document allows you to handwrite any notes on the screen using the digital pen and display these to students from the projector. Typing out equations can be very difficult and a lengthy process with symbols and functions, but writing out these equations using the Tablet pen allows you to save your notes electronically without the typical clunky equation editors.

If you are interested in learning more about Tablets, contact Tablet reservation requests can be submitted via e-mail to

For more information, visit the ATC’s webpage on its equipment inventory.