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Trinity College and the University of Adelaide have both begun using Apple's tablet in education
The University hopes that from 2012, it will be able to roll out complete online versions of its first year science courses. Photo courtesy of the University of Adelaide.
The students are receiving the iPads for free as part of an initiative to revolutionise teaching and learning. Students can keep their iPads if they continue studying science past the university's census date. Photo courtesy of the University of Adelaide.
Trinity College Foundation Studies associate dean for academic operations, Glen Jennings, said the iPads proved to be an ideal technology for classroom interaction. Photo: Copyright Mark Chew.
Melbourne University's Trinity College began deploying iPads after a successful trial during August last year. Photo: Copyright Mark Chew.
The original trial rolled out 70 iPads with 45 used by students and the other 25 handed to academic staff. Photo: Copyright Mark Chew.
The variety of apps available for science studies enticed the University to make the move to iPads. Photo courtesy of the University of Adelaide.
While teachers had misgivings that the students would be distracted by using the Internet or playing games while in the classroom, the results found that this was not the case. Photo: Copyright Mark Chew.
Students are now also able to access a variety of material including lectures notes, background documents and textbooks, as well as "tailored, Web-based apps". Photo courtesy of the University of Adelaide.
Under the trial, international students who began in the August intake of Foundation Studies last year received iPads. Photo: Copyright Mark Chew.
The University said it would take several years to phase out all printed textbooks and transfer content to Apple devices as part of a long term initiative. Photo courtesy of the University of Adelaide.
According to Jennings, none of the tablets were broken or needed repairs, which was a "good outcome" as the students were carrying the iPads around in their backpacks and taking the devices home every night. Photo: Copyright Mark Chew.
The University of Adelaide has ditched its paper-based textbooks and moved to iPads, handing out free devices to those students starting a science degree. Photo courtesy of the University of Adelaide.
Originally the school had planed to create its own applications for the iPad to aid the teaching of language, maths and physics. While these have not been developed, Jennings said that if stage four of the project proceeds, this would be looked at again. Photo: Copyright Mark Chew