iPad in Education: Stanford School of Medicine Giving iPads to Students

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iPad in Stanford Medical School

Stanford University’s School of Medicine has adopted the iPad.  They’re going to provide an iPad for all incoming first year medical students and Master of Medicine students.

The school offered four reasons for this new iPad program, including student readiness and ‘information literacy’.

Here’s more on those reasons for the iPad initiative:

The school cited four reasons behind the new program, including student readiness, noting that iPad "creates opportunities for efficient, mobile, and innovative learning."

Stanford also noted "the flexibility of iPad technology," noting that "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."

The iPad has seemed a complete natural for the medical field ever since it was first announced, so it’s not shocking to see it adopted by a leading medical school.  I expect we’ll see the iPad being used by a large number of universities and other educational institutions in coming years.

Via: Apple Insider


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2 thoughts on “iPad in Education: Stanford School of Medicine Giving iPads to Students”

  1. I wonder if anyone knows if Stanford is configuring the iPad with a base set of apps. What apps are they expecting (requiring?) students to use for annotation, note-taking, etc.? Is Stanford providing any custom apps for students?

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