Faulkner University to equip students with iPads
The Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama reports:
Faulkner University officials announced a significant new technology initiative Wednesday that will put iPads into the hands of 1,000 traditional students this fall, among other items.
The Eagle iAdvantage program will upgrade the university’s website and wireless Internet infrastructure and add more opportunities for interactive digital learning. Through the use of iPads, the university also hopes to make use of e-texts, with the ultimate goal of saving money through digital textbooks.
“It’s big,” Faulkner University President Billy Hilyer said of the initiative. “A lot of schools have already begun making use of the iPad.”
Hilyer, who made the announcement during chapel Wednesday and later spoke to the media, said it’s important to engage students and prepare them for the 21st-century workplace. He believes this new initiative will do just that.
“We have to stay a little ahead of the curve,” he said. “We feel it will really enhance students’ abilities to learn and be engaged.”
Read the full report.
See a Faulkner news release on the technology initiative.
Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., made a similar announcement last fall.
A 2008 Christian Chronicle news story highlighted technology trends at colleges and universities associated with Churches of Christ.
Feedback“Put into the hands” is a bit deceptive. You best believe students will be paying dearly for the equipment. If it’s anything like Freed-Hardeman’s iKnow program, students will also be paying WELL above market price, too.J.D.March, 2 2012