Steve Richards was a man on a mission– his daughter has a medical condition that makes her hands cold, stiff and generally makes it hard for her to haul her books around the school. Steve knew that a Tablet PC with scanned textbooks would make it much easier for his daughter to carry everything she needs so he went to the school and demonstrated how the Tablet PC provided the solution his daughter needed.
… a few weeks ago I demonstrated my Tablet to the school teachers and her assessors. As a result they have agreed that they will try and get her a grant for a Tablet ready for high school which is great news. In addition they will get her a book scanner. Although scanned books are not perfect, nor many eBooks, as I mention here, they are often better than paper.
In preparation she is taking her Tablet into school 3 days a week to get used to the logistics and the envious kids and how to deal with them. Since she got the Tablet I noticed that she has started using the computer at home a lot more as well. I often find her sitting in bed browsing the web, writing her journal etc.
Kudos to Steve for not giving up and taking it upon himself to show the educators what his daughter needs to make it through the day. This is another example of unexpected benefits can be gained by putting Tablets in schools.