After the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it’s now the turn of Lenovo tablet PCs to be seen playing an increasing role in the educational segment. The Steton Hall University, New Jersey, has made a decision to go in for mobile learning and use the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. However, the pilot project by the university will not involve all the faculty and student as of now. Only 350 will be provided with the ThinkPad tablet PCs, to test drive the program before making an investment.
Many schools and universities are adopting the tablet method of education. This has a huge advantage for students, who generally need to carry heavy loads of books on their back. Tucking just one tablet under their arm will hopefully improve organization and portability.
The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet that the Steton Hall University has decided to use is based on a 1 GHz NVidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb. It also has 1 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage capacity. The TouchPad will also come equipped with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, while on its front lies a 2 megapixel unit. A 10.1 inch 1280 × 800 pixel multi-touch screen makes up the main display area.
Another feature, which will surely ensure the tablet’s appeal among the student and teaching community, is the accompanying ThinkPad Tablet Pen that allows users to make notes. This along with the handwriting recognition feature should prove handy in its intended role at the Seton Hall University.
“As a long time partner with Lenovo as a ThinkPad University campus, we’re delighted to bring the ThinkPad Tablet to our students and faculty in the Sciences, Honors and the School of Business Leadership Program […] This new technology represents the next evolution in Seton Hall University’s Mobile Computing Program to use technology effectively to support teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness while keeping pace with technology that appeals to our students,” chief information officer at Seton Hall, Mr. Stephen G. Landry had to say of the latest development.
The ThinkPad Tablet is available in 16, 32, and 64 GB configurations that costs $499, $599 and $699. Only the base version does not include the stylus pen, which costs an additional $30.