Why a Tablet PC Beats Your Whiteboard

Hewlett-Packard’s Jim Vanides has 11 new reasons why tablet PC’s are better for teaching than whiteboards, Smartboards, and overhead projectors.

HP makes the tablets — laptop computers that let you write on their screens with a stylus — so the company has a stake in tempting professors to buy the gadgets.

But Mr. Vanides, who is responsible for HP’s higher-education grants, draws on the experiences of grantees to make his case for the tablet PC and digital projector in a new list on his blog.

He argues that, in contrast with a whiteboard, you don’t have to erase to keep going — helpful for students who aren’t fast note takers. You can also teach while facing your students, the better for managing them. —Marc Parry

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