Winter Quarter I taught two classes, Statistics and Discrete Math. Statistics I taught using DyKnow --- the big thing there was that I used PowerPoint to create the slides that I imported into DyKnow, and it was the first time I'd used PPT in any extensive fashion. I couldn't have done it without TeXPoint, which is an add-on for PPT that lets you type (La)TeX syntax for formulas and fairly painlessly convert them into either a symbol font or an embedded picture. It's a little rough around the edges but I highly recommend it for the price, which is very reasonable.
In Discrete Math I didn't use DyKnow, but I probably could have very easily --- I used a set of handouts that were created in Maple and converted to PDF, which was essentially the same workflow I used Fall Quarter to put my handouts in DyKnow. The students filled in the blanks in the handout in the traditional pencil and paper way, and I used PDF Annotator, having learned the hard way in a previous quarter that Adobe Acrobat was not up to the job. PDFA did exactly what I wanted, although occasionally it was weirdly slow or misplaced pen strokes. Again, though, I think the price was totally worth it.
Which brings us to Spring Quarter, in which I was faced with an interesting situation --- two classes I had never taught before, neither of which had a standardized syllabus. One of them was our fairly new "introduction to the math major" course, and the other was an advanced elective topics course in quantum computing. In both cases I decided to use the whiteboard as my main method of class presentation, mainly so that my space wouldn't be restricted by the size of the projector screen. I wanted to write free-form instead of using prepared slides and the only classrooms at our school which have really sufficient screen space for that (IMO) are the dedicated tablet classrooms, which I didn't want to take up when I wasn't really using the tablet capabilities.
In the end I didn't use the computer very much in the "intro to the major" classroom at all, although I did use it extensively for grading the writing projects that made up a good portion of the class --- I went paperless for those and I though it worked out very well. I did not use the pen, however, just the keyboard- and mouse-based review features of MS Word and Adobe Acrobat.
My big use of the computer in the Quantum Computing class was for lecture notes --- I did them all in MS OneNote and printed them out to bring to class. I would definitely do it again --- just the idea of having a digital copy of everything really appealed to me --- but OneNote had some drawbacks. My original thought was to do text using the keyboard and draw in all the equations and diagrams with the pen, but I quickly decided that was too slow. In the end I drew in the diagrams with the pen and some of the matrices, and faked everything else with the keyboard, which was adequate for my own usage but didn't produce results I'd show anyone else. Putting in proper mathematical notation is possible using OneNote but just too slow --- I really wish I could have used TeXPoint but OneNote doesn't accept plug-ins the way Word and PPT do so apparently there's a big technical issue there. The OneNote developers say they're considering the issue and there may yet be an answer. If it's not ready by next quarter I would consider trying to use MS Word instead; it also accepts ink and there's a version of TeXPoint, although I haven't tried it.
But in the end I managed to go through an entire class with no paper left at the end that I had to save! Between PDF grading keys, OneNote lecture notes, electronic paper submissions, and a few scanned-in sheets of random scratch work, I managed to pitch everything that I usually stuff in my file cabinet at the end of the quarter. Yay!
And one last note --- really an addendum to my previous post --- shortly after my last post I was faced with some electronic copies of articles I wanted to read carefully but not print out. My first thought, based on my success folding up my tablet on the laptop stand, was to fold the tablet up and lay it down to read. Then I thought --- you know, if I turn it sideways (and turn the screen display sideways) it will fit the size of an 8 1/2 by 11 PDF a lot better! And it did.
Then I got to the office, where I don't have a stand and my docking station doesn't really turn 90 degrees easily. But I remembered that my monitor actually turns 90 degrees! I never found that very useful with a conventional laptop, but the ability of the Tablet PC OS to turn the display easily using software really came in handy here, despite it not really having anything to do with the Tablet at all.
So that made reading those 8 1/2 by 11 PDFs a lot more pleasant! I have to ask, though --- isn't that a silly way to distribute an article about using Tablet PCs to go paperless?