I Gave Away My iPad

Today I gave my iPad to my networking group to aid in their preparations for the influx of student owned iPads soon to hit our campus. You may ask why wouldn’t my IT staff already have iPads, don’t IT departments have all the toys? Well even IT slush fund budgets need other tools more then they need iPads. We actually have very few iPads for IT use. I still think the iPad could change computing as we know it, but not yet as I know it. Plus having a MacBook Air does ease the pain.

I do hope that my decision to give up my iPad will provide for more effective utilization of the device, but maybe I can spin this into a leadership example. I have hundreds of faculty and staff who would love to have an iPad, but very few who could justify it for work. Maybe my giving up the tech device that they covet so will ease their jealousy. Probably not, it is all about the popularity of the iPad which is about the creative genius of Apple. Willing to step outside of the box with a quality product that justifies itself on basic services and major coolness. And to think that this is all happening in the middle of a recession.

I know that Apple is thinking about improving the iPad so that it might also provide a productivity justification, but for now it is probably OK that they just steer the tech industry. Only about 10% of our students chose to receive the iPad  and they were probably able to do that because it complements their computing arsenal or they will primarily be information consumers. It doesn’t really matter, I still think we will look back at the iPad as the technology that freed us to receive and manipulate information on our terms. Oh yes my Mother-In-Law is buying a 3G iPad tomorrow and it has the most important game app “Free Cell”.

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 August 3, 2010, in iPad for students. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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