It’s no longer a question of whether or not we should use tablet computers and other mobile devices in the classroom – it’s just a matter of who’s going to catch on first. Apparently, the answer is Seton Hill University.
The University has announced its Griffin Technology Advantage program, in which every full-time student in the fall of 2010 will receive an iPad, in addition to a 13″ MacBook for both classroom and personal use. After two years, the laptop will be upgraded, and students can keep them after graduation.
Seton Hill faculty members will also be equipped with the devices, and receive training on how to use them. Based on what I’ve heard about tuition in general over the last few years, I’m a little afraid to see what this would run. Still, it’s amazing to finally see the beginning of this type of technology being used in education.