While this isn’t the first time we hear of a university giving their students iPads, we do find it pretty cool that Stanford has started distributing iPads among students, more specifically it is The School of Medicine at Stanford University that has adopted Apple’s iPad, from the fall semester they will start providing the device to all incoming first year medical students and Master of Medicine students.
The school cited four reasons behind the new program, including student readiness, noting that iPad “creates opportunities for efficient, mobile, and innovative learning.” furthermore Stanford notes that 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.”
Access to information and “information literacy” was also a consideration, with the school pointing out that “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.)”
A fourth rationale was Stanford’s 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.