Initially created for graphic designers and graphic illustrators, Wacom tablets have found their way into educational contexts because of their affordability, accessibility, and ease of use. Wacom tablets typically connect to a computer through USB (although some can also connect to smart phones) and provide users with an interface to physically write or draw using a pen interface instead of mouse.
Wacom tablets start around the size of a mouse pad but can be larger. Users position the tablet next to their computer and use a pen tool with interchangeable nibs to write or draw in the software of their choice. The largest learning curve with using a Wacom tablet is learning to watch the screen as your write or draw instead of your hand; this setup is similar to tablets connected to SMART boards where one must position the cursor in the correct position on screen before writing or drawing.
The Center for Academic Technology primarily has Wacom Intuos tablets available for checkout in the Lending Library, although a few tablets with graphic displays are available. Email CAT (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire about availability and schedule equipment pickup.
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