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Every year I confirm why we give out laptop computers to all incoming freshman. The IT & University reasoning is for standardization to facilitate better support along with eliminating the need for public labs and greater confidence in what technology we can count on in Teaching & Learning. But the best reason is that the students and parents love it. And this love is based on the elimination of any stress related to making sure that a working computer is always available especially at those critical times when assignments are due. This year we also gave out an iPod Touch which really generated some buzz. Now I am ready to buy into the Turning Technologies classroom response systems.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on August 31, 2009, in iPOD Touch. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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