When classes begin at Mayville State University (MSU) a few weeks from now, education professor Rick Holman will have the same goal he's always had: to help aspiring teachers learn to integrate technology effectively into the classroom. What's different this time around is that he plans to do it all using 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...

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