Much buzz is being generated around the recent releases of the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, and other mobile tablet devices. What’s all the hype about? Many higher-ed faculty have been figuring out clever ways to incorporate these technologies into their classes. A Geographic Information Systems class at Vassar College has been using tablets in collecting GPS and other relevant data in the field. A USC Annenberg journalism class has been using iPads in reporting and interviewing subjects.In the fall of 2010, Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, decided to give all entering undergraduates an iPad. (You can read more about the initiative on SHU’s website, iPadOnTheHill.com.)
There are translation and language-learning apps, apps for word processing, spreadsheet and presentation creation, and apps that will appeal to students of every academic discipline. And a plethora of cross-platform scheduling and note-taking apps (an iTeam favorite is Evernote) exist to help users get the details of their daily lives in order. If you’re looking for iPad apps to get started, iPad Apps for Scholars is a great, comprehensive resource that lists 21 useful apps (most of which are free).
For further reading about Seton Hill’s initiative, check out Mobile Perspectives: On iPads. Why Mobile, featured in the March/April 2011 issue of the Educause Review.