Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Seton Hill University to give first year students iPads and MacBook laptops

Seton Hill University has announced that it will give each first year student an iPad and a 13-inch Apple MacBook laptop. According to the University’s website, the Apple devices are part of a new initiative called The Griffen Technology Advantage that seeks to “provide students with the best in technology and collaborative learning tools.” An article from The Chronicle, says that students will be charged a fee each semester for this new program which also includes wireless access across campus, increased bandwidth, and training sessions. Faculty will also receive the same devices as the students and will be trained to use the technology.

George Fox University also recently announced that incoming first year students will be able to choose an iPad or MacBook. For the past 20 years, the university has supplied incoming students with computers and this year it has expanded the computing options.

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