Educational Technology

January 24, 2011

iPads find role in medical school classrooms

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Joshua Falk, Stanford Daily

The School of Medicine in August distributed iPads to its 91 incoming first-year students as part of a trial to incorporate the device into the school’s academic experience. Seeking to facilitate student learning, the program has also tried to pique faculty interest in the iPad and develop more content for it, said Jenn Stringer, director of educational technology at the School of Medicine. “We’re very interested in studying the effects of the iPad on the teaching and learning environment,” Stringer said. Clarence Braddock, associate dean for medical education, held an “iPad summit” last quarter that convened students, faculty and educational technologists to discuss the role of the iPad in the classroom and how it is impacting teaching and learning. The school supplied each course with an iPad in order to help familiarize faculty with the technology their students will be using. The school also launched a website called MedApps, which allows faculty and students to find and review iPad apps for use in courses, research or clinical practice.

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