iPad Configuration for the Students

I’m writing this post in my room at Skamania Lodge looking out over the Columbia River Gorge (see photo of the month). I’m here for our annual NWACC Summit where IT leaders from most of the institutions of higher education in the Northwest come together to focus on current technology concerns. The view this morning is a bit clouded but stil pretty amazing. So do I talk about the iPhone 4, how again Apple has packaged a consumers dream, but do I really care about “FaceTime” or movie production on my iPhone? Yes, another impressive example of nano-phone engineering and with iOS4 it bring multi-tasking closer to the iPad where it is really needed.

No this post is about our final iPad configuration for our incoming freshman where early returns on their selection results show that about 10% are opting for the iPad. Going into this I was expecting some love from Apple in the form of discounting on the iPad similar to what we get on the MacBooks when purchased in bulk. That did not happen so it did kind of shock us when we realized the iPad configuration that we were offering actually cost us more then the MacBook package. Anyways, we modified it a bit and have finalized on the 32 G iPad, you really don’t need more then 16 G since it is so difficult to actually move useful content onto the iPad. We added the dock and wireless keyboard because the students really can write term papers on this device. We decided to add the camera connection kit knowing that someday for the iPad to truly be useful to a college student the ability to  transfer files to or from a USB device would be needed. We completed the package with iWorks and the 2 year warranty.

Off to the NWACC meetings where I bet half of the CIO will have an iPad. Oh we so want this device to be made whole for higher education.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently 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 June 10, 2010, in Apple, iPad. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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