In the Fall Quarter of 2008 we explored the use of tablet PCs in
third-quarter (multivariable) calculus classes for incoming freshman in
order to foster student engagement by incorporating active learning and
collaborative activities. The use of tablets can make many improvements in
a classroom, but mathematics classes pose special challenges which have not
yet been systematically explored at Rose-Hulman. The most difficult of
these from a technical perspective is the integration of computer algebra
systems such as Maple with other Tablet PC software, such as collaborative
note-taking systems. This project explores ways to achieve this integration
as well as other pedagogical improvements which the use of tablet PCs could
bring to mathematics classrooms. We will report on student answers to
questions about familiarity, ease of use, and effects on learning.