The Use of iPads in College

The Use of iPads in College

Most students entering college understand today's technologies through everyday use. They are often referred to as the Net Generation and digital natives (Gawelete, Spataro, Komarny 28). Colleges are changing to a more mobile way of teaching, and Apples iPad has changed the way we learn. The use of an iPad increases learning in a college environment with making data more accessible, cutting cost of school supplies, and offers a more interactive way of learning.

In August 2010, Oklahoma State University and Arizona State University conducted a pilot program where they replaced printed handouts and readings with the iPad. The students felt that it had a positive impact on learning, and believe it will be a better replacement for printed course materials. Students at Oklahoma State University were able to purchase two digital text books for the price of a single printed text book (“Schools” 60). The iPad could lead to cost savings for the school with less use of paper, and decrease cost for students with the use of e-texts and digital textbooks, and learn in a more interactive way.

Inkling is a digital textbooks company that has partnered with McGraw-Hill and Pearson, and they offer the more interactive way of learning. They have built software that can turn a printed textbook into a digital document with 3D diagrams and videos to explain complicated processes in more detail (MacMillan). This has created a learning environment that goes beyond the traditional classroom and increased creative thinking and student engagement through the use of e-texts (Gawelete, Spataro, Komarny 30). Downloads of sources and e-texts can be quicker if college campuses increase the wireless environment, which in-turn makes the data more accessible.

The mobile technology of the iPad can instantaneously access information and make new resources available wherever the students are (Gawelete, Spataro, Komarny 30, 32). In the classroom it can give immediate and authentic information, gather and research information presented in class, and pull statistical information to support or refute an argument (Gawelete, Spataro, Komarny 32). Outside of classroom it gives students everything they need readily available wherever they are through Wi-Fi or use of apps that can store information pulled from class, websites, or e-books. The iPad can make it more convenient for students with its array of different note taking, e-reader, PDF reader, and Word Processor apps.

Works Cited
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