I've used a Wacom tablet at home and have had one in the lab. They provide some neat capabilities that a mouse doesn't for graphics applications, but they are not the "end-all" digitizing device. Students generally haven't liked using it. The biggest issue seems to be that people are so used to picking up a mouse to reposition it, they find the absolute positioning of the graphics tablet difficult to get used to. I now keep the tablet on a shelf and hook it up only on request, which hasn't happened in awhile.
The tablet acts as a regular mouse, though some versions have additional buttons that can be programmed for specific tasks. They typically don't need any special support by the application.
--Steve Barner, South Burlington

From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Hall
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 11:58 AM
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Subject: Writing tablets

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Doos anyone out there have experience with graphics tablets (Wacom, etc.) as adaptive devices? Is there software that interfaces with all programs? Any thoughts?


Eric Hall
Technology Coordinator
Waterbury/Duxbury Schools
Washington West Supervisory Union
Waterbury, VT
(802) 244-6100

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