Ralph C. Richardson's skepticism of educational technology faded--and eventually vanished--with the introduction of electronic tablets that allow more comprehensive note taking and instant student responses during professors' lectures at Kansas State University.

Two years after the university's College of Veterinary Medicine--where Richardson has been dean for 10 years--began doling out multi-purpose Toshiba tablet computers to incoming students, Richardson said the school would pursue more technology that supplements the college's intensive coursework.

"If you would have asked me five years ago if we would use this kind of technology, I would have told you, 'No, ours is a professional school, and we need


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