The laptop program not only put a notebook in front of every student and teacher but it also allowed educators to step away from the front of the classroom and use technology to create a more interactive environment. Integrating HP Tablet PCs in the curriculum enabled teachers to gather student feedback in real time, to foster collaboration in the classroom, make the most of each class hour, and promote effective studying and preparation.

I remember trying to manage a residential computing program on our own–it was a monster, but now in its fourth year, the student laptop program has become a success as we save money and continue to build a solid relationship with our IT suppliers.

Glenn Clark is the director of network services at Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I.