For several years, I have felt that the education market was a great place for vendors to spend time “seeding” Tablet PC’s. Not necessarily “marketing” Tablet PC’s, just making sure that students got a chance to use them. Why? Because as a student gets used to using the Tablet PC functionality, proceed through their high school and then college careers, and finally into the workforce, they will have already made a Tablet PC a major part of their work and play processes.
This story from Information Week is a good example of a group of Catholic high school freshman students who are getting that experience. Not only are they all going to have a Tablet PC, they also are being given the opportunity to study advanced computer networking and earn an A+ certification.
I applaud this (applause, applause). These are students who will know something not just about Tablet PC’s, but how to integrate them into their lives and support them, before getting a job. In addition, teachers will also benefit from the use of this tool in the classrom. Everybody wins.
“”God is going high tech.” That’s how Jorge PeÃƒÂ±a, an associate principal of De La Salle Institute, a Catholic high school in Chicago, describes the school’s decision to have all of its 360 incoming freshmen lease tablet PCs. It’s the next big step in a program started about five years ago to equip teachers with laptops. Among the reasons the school switched to tablets for teachers: They can write on them while facing students and use projectors to beam lessons on a whiteboard…
….At De La Salle, the tablets (which students lease for $56 a month over 46 months) are also part of a new program for those interested in studying technology. It’s offering a computer network class in which students can obtain A+ certification, after which they will work in the school’s computer repair center. “We are building a workforce of IT students,” PeÃƒÂ±a says. So far, 18 boys and 12 girls have signed up for the classes”