The use of flexible technology in Washington University classrooms has been funded by two HP Initiatives. The first, in 2005, provided HP tablet PCs for use in two upper-level undergraduate chemistry courses: Physical Chemistry Laboratory and Solid State and Materials Chemistry. The students used the tablet PCs to transfer, share and analyze data; to record observations, download figures, and write reports; to solve computational-modeling problems; and to render three-dimensional objects.
In 2007, an additional HP grant supported the expansion of HP tablet PCs into courses in the humanities, social sciences and biology. This expanded use allowed students to gain hands-on experience with computer-supported collaborative-learning (CSCL) software, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) software, and the analysis and annotation of primary literature.