Apple’s iPad goes to college – sent in by JohnCarlo Pelliciotta

Apple’s iPad goes to college – full story here—
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/07/26/ipad.university.ars/index.html?hpt=C2

Ars Technia

By Chris Foresman, ArsTechnica
July 26, 2010 1:47 p.m. EDT | Filed under: Mobile
Some colleges and universities are looking to adopt the iPad as a  collaborative tool.

Some colleges and universities are looking to adopt the iPad as a collaborative tool.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Oklahoma State University plans to begin a pilot iPad program this fall
  • The program will determine how effective iPads are as tools to enhance learning
  • Despite disappointing results with the Kindle DX, schools have high hopes for iPads

(ArsTechnica) — The iPad is about to have its academic chops put to the test this fall in a number of programs around the country.

Colleges and universities are looking to adopt the iPad as a collaborative tool, a standardized mobile device to integrate into curriculums, and, in some cases, even a cost-saving device.

Oklahoma State University plans to begin a pilot iPad program this fall, with students in certain courses offered by the School of Media and Strategic Communications and the Spears School of Business receiving iPads to use with those courses.

The program will be used to determine how effective iPads can be as tools to enhance learning as well as how such mobile devices can be integrated into the workplace.

“This limited pilot will be focused on fields of study where we believe we can best determine the higher education value of the iPad,” Bill Handy, visiting assistant professor in OSU’s School of Media and Strategic Communications, told Macsimum News.

“We will evaluate the academic enhancement to the courses, how the iPad and its specific apps and web-based tools can be integrated in this capacity, and perhaps most importantly, how the integration of these mobile tools can expand the tactical abilities of students as they enter the workforce.”

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