We continue to ponder important questions about iPads in the classroom, such as how to ensure time for integrative and reflective thinking and how to ensure the iPad does not distract from learning.
As a result, we have implemented a comprehensive assessment plan to determine the success of the Griffin Technology Advantage program, including evaluation components of the professional development program and student and faculty focus groups and surveys. We use this information to make continual changes to the program as needed to ensure we are getting the most out of our technology.
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There are two things that need to be in place to implement a program such as ours. First, you need to have a strong network infrastructure in place, along with a strong and supportive IT support team.
Second, the university faculty need to be brought on board and appropriately trained. There must be strong collaboration among technology and academic leadership, faculty, and students so that as many technology resources as possible can be directed to support the learning agenda at the university.