The iPad Experiment Begins

We have distributed close to 600 MacBooks and 65 iPads with most being handed out today. It was a bit crazy since in previous years we would hand out the laptops during summer orientation visits, but it looks like we have survived and the students are excited. The base observation for students that selected iPads was that they already had a computer and they totally understood the value and limitations of the iPad. We had a few change their minds in both directions. I remember one girl brought her MacBook back and asked if she could get that large flat computer. She had no clue what an iPad was so she selected the MacBook. Once she saw the iPad she knew she wanted it and lucky for her she already had a laptop. A comical side note about 2 of the iPad students interviewed by the Portland Newspaper, “The Oregonian”, one had a parent who worked for Microsoft and one for Intel. It looks like it will be an interesting experiment watching how these students utilize their iPads, many planned on attending the workshops setup to give them “Best Practices” for using an iPad.

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 26, 2010, in iPad for students. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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