Thank you to all of the participants who made it to yesterday’s iPad discussion in Beck Lab. I really enjoyed hearing the faculty and staff sharing their opinions about the device and plans for how it will fit into the Washington College community in the coming semesters.
Three “pilots” were kind enough to give short presentations on their time with the device and specifics about how they want to incorporate it into their teaching from Biology to Economics to the Chesapeake Semester. Our campus bookstore was represented, too, giving everyone a sense of where Barnes & Noble is headed and some of the trends in textbooks and publishing in general.
We were even able to facilitate a video chat connection with one panelist who phoned in from New Jersey. During and after the session, attendees were given the chance to experiment with the iPad in a variety of configurations like projecting presentations and working as a miniature computer with Bluetooth keyboard and Apple case while running Pages.
I hope to organize another discussion in the same informal style this Fall semester, once everyone has a chance to settle in. A suggestion has been to discuss the iPad’s potential as research tool. Would you be interested in participating in a session with this theme or including this theme among others?