All first year medical students as well as students of Master of Medicine at the Stanford University will be provided with the iPad. Stanford University has a long standing relation with Apple and the latest move on part of the university is further proof of its commitment to the relationship.
Stanford University justified the act of providing all the freshers with the latest tablet craze from Apple, the iPad as they feel this will lead to an environment that is conducive to “efficient, mobile, and innovative learning.”
Also, they feel the iPad with its large 10 inch screen that is receptive to on screen inputs is the perfect device to easily annotate course content, something that will allow them to prepare well in advance. The iPad will also allow the students to take notes in the class which can be easily shared with others. That the notes are stored in a searchable format also has its advantages.
The iPad also conforms to the Sustainable Stanford initiative which is pushing for introducing “sustainable practices into every aspect of campus life.” So introducing iPads is a great boost to the green movement and save a lot of trees from the chopping blocks which would otherwise have been felled to serve the print industry.
Another important reason for having presented the students of the University with the iPad is the excellent source of quality information that the tablet device can be. The portability of the device is also a boon, as information can be accessed from just about anywhere and anytime.
So that’s one more university that is adopting the iPad in a big way. We have seen in the past when the Illinois Institute of Technology too had done a similar thing by doling out iPads to the first year students and there sure are many more who might be thinking on similar lines.