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Just two years ago, Arkansas State University first began to experiment with the iPad in the classroom. Now this fall, in a major shift for the school and a boon for Apple's tablet, all incoming students will be required to have one.

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Arkansas State first considered using the iPad when its teaching program outgrew the school's existing Mac lab, where student teachers were learning to integrate technology into their instruction. Dr. Gina Hogue, Ph.D., spoke with AppleInsider about ASU's adoption of the iPad, and how the university hopes to improve its education by requiring all students to have one.

Starting in this year's fall semester, all members of the incoming first-year class for Arkansas State will either have an iPad upon arriving on campus or will be required to procure one shortly thereafter. The requirement is part of the university's iPad Initiative, the motto for which is "Learn on the move."

Hogue, the university's Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services, said the initiative has its roots in Arkansas State's Teaching Methods course. Instructors would send student teachers out into the field equipped with an iPad, allowing administrators greater freedom in monitoring teachers' progress. "We can use it for far more than teaching," Dr. Gina Hogue said of Apple's iPad.

"We'd introduce our student teachers to the iPad in the Teaching Methods course, letting them get used to it," she explained. "Then, the next semester, they'd use the iPad during their teaching internship. We can use it for far more than teaching. It was an opportunity for us to use it to monitor students using FaceTime."

The iPad's videoconferencing capabilities allow for remote observation and more immediate feedback than was previously possible, according to Hogue.

"Our service area extends two hours away from campus," she said, "so this allows us to observe them more often and to preserve a closer connection with teachers who are remote from our schools."

Hogue sayid students have been eager to integrate Apple's tablet into their studies. "Our students love the iPad," she said.

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That level of student support led ASU to look into bringing the iPad into other educational areas, resulting in the iPad requirement for next year's freshmen. University administrators are excited about the possibilities made possible by making the iPad a required feature of the first-year experience.

"We think it's going to bring a whole new level of experience for [the freshman class] as far as keeping everything organized and available to them," Jill Simons, Executive Director at Arkansas State, told AppleInsider. "By having the iPad standard with our first years, it's allowed us to start another project that we wanted to get going: having a common reader for the first year class.""Their very first course will be getting them to engage from the get-go in the college experience with an iPad," said Jill Simons, Arkansas State's executive director.

Next year's freshmen, upon arriving on campus, will be able to download an ASU-developed iBook as part of a required course, "Making Connections." A "first-year experience course," Making Connections will be aimed at teaching students how to use the iPad in a learning environment. It's designed to help transition high school students into college-level learners.

"In essence, our first-year population starting this fall will come with an iPad in hand," Simons said. "Their very first course will be getting them to engage from the get-go in the college experience with an iPad."

ASU makes iPads available through the university's IT store. Students have the option of purchasing an iPad or iPad mini, or they can rent one through the university. But many students don't even need to go through the school to be prepared, according to Simons.

"Students are bringing the iPad with them," she said. "We surveyed and found out that many of them already have one."

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ASU is one among many primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational organizations to integrate the iPad. Schools on all levels are increasingly turning to iPads over PCs, with Apple selling three million units to U.S. K-12 schools in the past year.

At the college level, every semester seems to bring word of some institution or other seeing success integrating the Apple's tablet. Most recently, the University of California Irvine revealed that its iMedEd Initiative ? in which students follow an iPad-based medical school curriculum ? resulted in "an average of 23 percent higher" scores on their national exams, despite students having similar incoming GPAs and MCAT scores.

Back in Jonesboro, ASU administrators are finding that instructors are excited to bring the iPad into the classroom and are coming up with innovative uses for the device.

"The director of the art education program," said Hogue, "she used iPads in her classes to engage her art education students with students in preschool environments and elderly people in assisted living communities. The students worked with those two groups in order to create and share art in a cross-generational manner."

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Hogue went on to describe educators finding uses for the iPad in math courses, where students were running graphing programs on it. In geography classes, students use the device to research and view content on countries they're learning about. In campus libraries, librarians are beginning to carry iPads with them, negating the need to return to a reference desk in order to provide visitors with more information.

A look at the iPad Initiative's Submitted Proposals page shows more projects in the works from other areas of academia. Instructors are looking to measure the device's impact on note-taking, news writing, geometry, cooperative learning, and more.

Simons seems certain of beneficial effects from bringing the iPad more formally into ASU's learning environment. ASU, she said, is pretty much already convinced, and this coming year's Initiative isn't just the university sticking its toe in the water."Our older students are a bit jealous. The ones that are on campus are wondering why we didn't start this program during their first year," Simons said.

"I believe the impact is two-fold, meaning in some ways we're meeting students where they're at," she said. "Students are already coming in with smart devices, and they're used to learning where they're at. The second part is: I think we're taking it into the future. In the classroom, instead of listening to a lecture, students are engaging with the material. It's hands-on. It's touching. We're taking it so much further than we have in the past.

"I think the main thing is that this is a chance for us to revisit how we're doing things on campus. This is an exciting time for all involved. Our older students are a bit jealous. The ones that are on campus are wondering why we didn't start this program during their first year."
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Not surprising this is happening especially considering the success of iTunes U.
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Apple to go bankrupt given that people want its products and no one wants its competitors'.

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Among the new students, there has to be at least a couple of Apple haters or Fandroids, and I find it pretty funny that these people will now be forced to use an iPad, they have no choice. 

 

Just yesterday I was reading a thread on Anandtech about a Note II user who was complaining about input lag on their brand new device. The first responses were all of these Fandroids jumping on him, claiming that there was no lag at all on their devices, and they don't notice anything. These people must be completely blind and possibly drunk or under the influence of some heavier narcotics, because healthy people with good senses can definitely notice the difference between a lag of say 10 ms VS 100 ms. 

 

Later on in the thread, the Fandroids changed their story, and all of a sudden, the lag was now a feature. You see, it was built into Android intentionally. Yep, that sounds highly likely.  lol.gif

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Don't most colleges require students to have a computer? So at Arkansas they probably have to have a computer and an iPad. I can't imagine that they can complete a college curriculum without a computer. Who knows, perhaps they can get by with only their iPad, except the Computer Science majors of course.

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Who knows, perhaps they can get by with only their iPad, except the Computer Science majors of course.

 

All we need is a C++ or Python compiler that works on the iPad and they'll be good to go.

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"We can use it for far more than teaching," Dr. Gina Hogue said of Apple's iPad. "Dead again! I'll get that Infinity Blade yet! What were you saying?"
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This is another exsmple of why Apple as a company is doomed!! First Arizona, then Calif, Texas etc... Before long their products will be purchased and required by all schools and universities. Apple is running out of people and organizations to sell to. So sad too bad for Apple.
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It is ironic you cant develop apps for an iPad on an iPad.
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Among the new students, there has to be at least a couple of Apple haters or Fandroids, and I find it pretty funny that these people will now be forced to use an iPad, they have no choice. 

 

 

Not sure about haters. But there are a meaningful number of university students who like Android. Some of them may even object to being forced to conform.

 

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Just yesterday I was reading a thread on Anandtech about a Note II user who was complaining about input lag on their brand new device. The first responses were all of these Fandroids jumping on him, claiming that there was no lag at all on their devices, and they don't notice anything. These people must be completely blind and possibly drunk or under the influence of some heavier narcotics, because healthy people with good senses can definitely notice the difference between a lag of say 10 ms VS 100 ms. 

 

Later on in the thread, the Fandroids changed their story, and all of a sudden, the lag was now a feature. You see, it was built into Android intentionally. Yep, that sounds highly likely.  lol.gif

 

There are equally irrational threads here and at other Apple-centric sites too.

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It is ironic you cant develop apps for an iPad on an iPad.


It's even more ironic because you are wrong.

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"We can use it for far more than teaching," Dr. Gina Hogue said of Apple's iPad. "Dead again! I'll get that Infinity Blade yet! What were you saying?"


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All we need is a C++ or Python compiler that works on the iPad and they'll be good to go.

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Among the new students, there has to be at least a couple of Apple haters or Fandroids, and I find it pretty funny that these people will now be forced to use an iPad, they have no choice. 

 

I do think that Android users suffer from certain health issues, and possibly mental issues also.

 

You take joy in the perceived suffering of anyone who disagrees with or has different tastes than you, yet you feel they are the ones suffering from certain mental health issues.

 

You're a special kind of broken, aren't you?

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It is ironic you cant develop apps for an iPad on an iPad.

Well, Duhh, It's not a content creation device. Don't you hear a thing Ballmer says??

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Well, Duhh, It's not a content creation device. Don't you hear a thing Ballmer says??

Problem is that he's not the only one saying it.
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Among the new students, there has to be at least a couple of Apple haters or Fandroids, and I find it pretty funny that these people will now be forced to use an iPad, they have no choice. 

 

I do think that Android users suffer from certain health issues, and possibly mental issues also.

 

Just yesterday I was reading a thread on Anandtech about a Note II user who was complaining about input lag on their brand new device. The first responses were all of these Fandroids jumping on him, claiming that there was no lag at all on their devices, and they don't notice anything. These people must be completely blind and possibly drunk or under the influence of some heavier narcotics, because healthy people with good senses can definitely notice the difference between a lag of say 10 ms VS 100 ms. 

 

Later on in the thread, the Fandroids changed their story, and all of a sudden, the lag was now a feature. You see, it was built into Android intentionally. Yep, that sounds highly likely.  lol.gif

comments like these really bring down the quality of this site. are you that threatened by android?

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comments like these really bring down the quality of this site. are you that threatened by android?

What brings down the site is Fandroid infiltrators who have no business here.

 

Just think of me as Fandroid repellent, that is my goal.

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Funny? You find state mandated vendor lock-in funny? I hear North Korea is wonderful -- Dennis Rodman really likes it, I am sure you will too.

You might see it as being state mandated vendor lock-in, I see it more as being the only logical and economic choice. As for North Korea, I believe that Dennis Rodman and the midget who is in charge of North Korea are both morons. They deserve each other.

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I am the director of technology at a private school and I can tell you that standardizing on a device increases the usefulness of the devices in the classroom. That's the only thing that matters. We're probably integrating iPads into our school starting next year and I'm not even looking at Androids because they're just not the same thing. iTunes U, iBooks, native apps, a company that values education, these are platform specific.
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What brings down the site is Fandroid infiltrators who have no business here.

 

Just think of me as Fandroid repellent, that is my goal.

 

Repellent? Certainly. 'Fandroid repellent'? Not so much.

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Why not? Just one more thing for dumbass administrators to require dumbass college students to buy after taking out dumbass student loans.
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A standard configuration does make sense, just as having a Windows-centric campus did in the late 1990s. Plus, I haven't seen much evidence that Android is interested in the realm of education.

 

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comments like these really bring down the quality of this site. are you that threatened by android?

What brings down the site is Fandroid infiltrators who have no business here.

Just think of me as Fandroid repellent, that is my goal.

 

There's no point in a forum at all if we follow your philosophy. "Special kind of broken" indeed. Reminds me of the grays from Apple's 1984 ad.

 

When you create an online space with no room for alternate opinions, that's called an "echo chamber," or a text-based version of smelling your own farts all day. No different than Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity cutting the mics of token liberal punching bags, then patting themselves on the back for being paragons of unbiased truth. Contrast that with Abraham Lincoln famously filling his cabinet with people holding a diversity of opinions, so he could hear all sides and make more informed decisions.

 

But let's shut out all the 'fans-of-android,' declare Apple the One True Faith, and close this forum, eh?

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There's no point in a forum at all if we follow your philosophy.

 

I don't see why these follow. Not allowing trolls ≠ everyone agrees.

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And not every person who sees merit in Android is a troll. The kicker this time is, trolling wasn't even happening here, but in "a thread at Anandtech." Here it may as well be a strawman.

 

Discussions must be a lost art. What's so hard about Person-A posting a statement about Android, Person-B correcting the factual errors, and discussion continuing?

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Just think of me as Fandroid repellent, that is my goal.

 

Actually, quite the opposite.

 

Abnormally biased posters like you are exactly what attracts so many normal people to respond, and real fans to leave.

 

Yep, sad but true.  YOU are a major reason why there are so many open-minded thinkers here.  

 

Therefore, the only way to save the forum from them, is for you to leave, or to change your ways to be less "repellent".

 

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Funny? You find state mandated vendor lock-in funny? I hear North Korea is wonderful -- Dennis Rodman really likes it, I am sure you will too.

The students choose to go to the school. If u dont want an iPad, don't enroll.
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I don't see why these follow. Not allowing trolls ≠ everyone agrees.

With that I agree but also fandroid does not equate apple hater or vice versa.
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Among the new students, there has to be at least a couple of Apple haters or Fandroids, and I find it pretty funny that these people will now be forced to use an iPad, they have no choice. 

 

 

Last I checked ASU wasn't the only school in Arkansas.

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yes they have a choice

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And not every person who sees merit in Android is a troll.

 

Correct.


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With that I agree but also fandroid does not equate apple hater or vice versa.

 

Well, when you start bandying around this sort of names… lol.gif

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This puts the school in some dangerous waters. Most schools do not require even computers majority of the schools have at least a 24/7 computer lab for students. Requiring students to purchase a non-academically required item (as opposed to note books, writing utensils  and paper). In most large schools even text books are not required to be purchased, as you can go into the library and generally find one (except around finals). Requiring students to pay 329.99 for an ipad is bad unless the school excepts that their are going to be many students who are on financial aid who can not afford the extra cost of an ipad and will then had to subsidize the cost of it or give them free to certain students. The school will realize that is a lot of money for them to spend on buying ipads. 

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This puts the school in some dangerous waters. Most schools do not require even computers majority of the schools have at least a 24/7 computer lab for students. Requiring students to purchase a non-academically required item

 

For this school it is an academically required item. Students that disagree with this are welcome to go elsewhere. Students that can't afford this cost if its not in financial aid can go elsewhere. As a wise man once said 'just because you get into Harvard doesn't mean you can afford to go there (or that they will help you with the costs)

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Requiring students to purchase a non-academically required item (as opposed to note books, writing utensils  and paper).

 

It's academically required for this school.


Pencil and paper? Many colleges won't accept things turned in using that medium. That's a non-academically required item.

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Last I checked ASU wasn't the only school in Arkansas.

That abbreviation only means Arizona to me, although if one did graduate from Arkansas State they should consider listing it as ASU on their résumé since Arizona is one of the top schools that HR departments are looking at.

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For this school it is an academically required item. Students that disagree with this are welcome to go elsewhere. Students that can't afford this cost if its not in financial aid can go elsewhere. As a wise man once said 'just because you get into Harvard doesn't mean you can afford to go there (or that they will help you with the costs)

As I said there is nothing that is required for school that will set a student back more than a hundred dollars (a graphing calculator). I myself lived in a pretty busy apartment so I studied at the library where there was a 24/7 computer lab. After my first semester I stopped buying the books that where available in the Library because I would be studying there anyway. I realized that collage if one is smart is cheaper than it seems. I pay 30 dollars a semester most of which is for scantrons. Being forced to buy something like an ipad multiplies what I spent by 10x. It is an unnecessary cost to place on students. 

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I realized that collage if one is smart is cheaper than it seems. I pay 30 dollars a semester most of which is for scantrons. Being forced to buy something like an ipad multiplies what I spent by 10x. It is an unnecessary cost to place on students. 

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You think $330 is bad? Try an average cost of $834 per year on books and supplies for their college classes, and that was according to the 2007-08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study for full-time students. New textbook costs today are EIGHT TIMES what they cost in the late '70s, and for full-time students are estimated to reach an average of $1300 in 2013! By comparison, the Consumer Price Index has grown by two-and-a-half times over the same period. Schools are demonstrating that tablet technology is making real progress in regaining control over the cost of distributing knowledge in the college environment. Educators gain the flexibility to offer their students a richer learning experience that goes far beyond black and white type that started becoming out-of-date the moment the pages came off the printing press. iTunesU is the perfect demonstration of this capability. One more thing: Students with tablets don't get stuck with one more costly, white-elephant textbook at the end of the class term, which they may not even be able to trade in because a new publisher's edition has rendered it obsolete.

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It's academically required for this school.


Pencil and paper? Many colleges won't accept things turned in using that medium. That's a non-academically required item.

Most colleges issue test on Scantrons. Are you aware what you use to inter your answer on a Scantron. Its not a text message. And I would like to you to go to one single American University where there is not one professor who bans the use of computers from there lectures. In those lectures what does one take notes on? I had two professors like this. In fact when it comes to note taking its better to write it out then to type it out. Most students end up going to facebook and the computer becomes more of a distraction then a tool for them. Seriously go to the closest College in your area go to a large lecture and see how many of the computers are on facebook and not typing out notes. 

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You think $330 is bad? Try an average cost of $834 per year on books and supplies for their college classes, and that was according to the 2007-08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study for full-time students. New textbook costs today are EIGHT TIMES what they cost in the late '70s, and for full-time students are estimated to reach an average of $1300 in 2013! By comparison, the Consumer Price Index has grown by two-and-a-half times over the same period. Schools are demonstrating that tablet technology is making real progress in regaining control over the cost of distributing knowledge in the college environment. Educators gain the flexibility to offer their students a richer learning experience that goes far beyond black and white type that started becoming out-of-date the moment the pages came off the printing press. iTunesU is the perfect demonstration of this capability. One more thing: Students with tablets don't get stuck with one more costly, white-elephant textbook at the end of the class term, which they may not even be able to trade in because a new publisher's edition has rendered it obsolete.

 

In my post I stated that a student can go to the campus library and check the books out. Me and my friends saved hundreds of dollars a year by doing this. 

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Most colleges issue test on Scantrons. 

 

Ha! I remember those. But Scantrons in college? I was unaware of that. Certainly not where I went, at least. 

 

see how many of the computers are on facebook and not typing out notes. 

 

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