Stanford Med Students Receive iPads

Located in Silicon Valley, Stanford University has a long history with its neighbor Apple Inc.  Most recently, the School of Medicine announced all incoming first year medical students and Master of Medicine students will receive iPads according to AppleInsider.

Stanford specified four reasons behind their new iPad program:

  1. student readiness – the iPad “creates opportunities for efficient, mobile, and innovative learning.”
  2. “the flexibility of iPad technology” – the iPad “allows students to view and annotate course content electronically, facilitating advance preparation as well as in-class note-taking in a highly portable, sharable and searchable format.”
  3. access to information and “information literacy” – “students will be able to easily access high-quality information at any place, at any time (for example, images from textbooks on digital course reserve, image databases, journal articles, Lane Library’s various search tools, etc.)”
  4. intent to go green – “replacing printed syllabi with PDFs is in line with the Sustainable Stanford initiative, which aims to build sustainable practices into every aspect of campus life.”

With many schools and universities starting up again in August, it’ll be interesting to see who will be implementing iPads into their programs and how they plan to do it.  Leave us a comment below if your school has plans for the iPad.

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  • Angela

    I would use one EVERY DAY in my classroom but I can not afford to buy one. My school has no plan to use them. They are not provided and by the time I may get one in the hands of my students the ipads will be replaced. I teacher elementary school and this article adds to my belief that I HAVE to keep the current technology in use with my students in order to prepare them for a successful future. I wish with all of my heart that I could afford one but I can not. I would do what it took to get one for my class. I don’t want my students to “power down” when they come to school. It is not fair to them.

  • Angela

    I wish with all of my heart that I could afford to buy one so that my students could use it. I teach elementary school students and would use I seamlessly with them EVERY DAY! It is not right that students have to power down when they step into our classrooms. This article reinforces my extreme belief that it is my responsibility to keep my students current in regards with technology. The sad truth is that, most likely, by the time that I can afford one they will no longer be new technology.