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Computerworld Honors Virginia Tech's College of Engineering
July 24, 2007

Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering has garnered a 2007 Laureate Medal at Computerworld’s Honors Program for the development of its tablet PC-based learning environment.

In 2006, the college became the first and largest public college of engineering to require all of its 1,400 incoming freshmen to purchase tablet PCs. When announcing this requirement, Glenda Scales, associate dean for computing and distance learning in the College of Engineering, also reported the college had negotiated an industry alliance with Fujitsu Computer Systems and Microsoft to support the new tablet PC computing requirement for incoming freshmen.

Virginia Tech engineering professors Joe Tront and Tom Walker were among the leaders of this change. During the 2006-07 academic year, they and others used their tablet PCs to make their lectures more interactive and to encourage more participation in the classroom.

The features of the tablet PCs have helped the engineering faculty introduce students to the countless diagrams, drawings, and equations that are integral to the discipline’s study. Students are using the tablet PCs for collaboration purposes, working on group sketches and sharing diagrams and notes with individual markups.

The award was presented at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

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