Hi, I'm Jared Hatfield and this is Tablet Tips.
Welcome to the Speed School of Engineering. Since the fall of 2007 all incoming students have been required to purchase a Tablet PC for use in the classroom.
You may be wondering why you were required to purchase a Tablet PC. There are a few reasons.
First, in your calculus classes along with a growing number of other classes, your professors will deliver class notes using DyKnow. However, most professors will likely opt to deliver an outline for taking notes that requires you to still fill in the gaps using your Tablet PC. DyKnow also provides professors the ability to collect in class assignments.
Engineering is a demanding field and many of your classes will require you to use special software. The student technology fee gives you access to a wide range of the latest software. This software can simply be downloaded through UofL's IT website.
Now, lets take a closer look at your tablet PC, the HP EliteBook 2730p. This convertible Tablet PC is a rugged, portable computer that will become your constant companion. The 2730p has a dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, a/b/g/n wireless along with Bluetooth and a 12.1 inch screen. While it doesn't have an optical drive built in, it came with an external drive that you can leave at home or in your dorm room to help save on weight. While it has a 6 cell battery rated for 44 Whr, you still don't want to forget your power cord at home. Plug in during those classes that have power outlets easily accessible.
If you came to Speed School with a different Tablet PC, that is fine, but you will not be able to receive support from the University.
A convertible Tablet PC give you the flexibility of having both a traditional Notebook and a Tablet PC, so be sure to use it appropriately for each class. Don't feel like you need to always write your notes down, remember that you have a keyboard so use it when appropriate.
You have most likely spent your entire life using paper notebooks with pens and pencils. A Tablet PC requires you to change your behavior on how you take notes. Not only will your page come to life, you will need to be diligent in organizing your classroom notes and backing up all of your important files.
While this may seem overwhelming there are resources available to you. The Student Tablet User Group is a student organization that has an online website that you can use to help answer your questions. Additionally, professors and your tech savvy classmates may have the answers you are looking for, don't be afraid to ask.
If you are interested in joining STUG or have any questions feel free to email us at email@example.com
I'm Jared Hatfield, thanks for watching and don't forget to check out many of our other instructional videos at http://speedstug.com
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