http://tinyurl.com/2fuwjhf (call for proposals and application form)
http://tinyurl.com/247f5lc (information session slides)
http://tinyurl.com/396jqv4 (Faculty Learning Community video)
lasses throughout the state will be using iPads in various pilot programs, and Oklahoma Christian University is offering them to all incoming students.
At the University of Oklahoma, students are snapping up the gadgets, and professors and regents are using them for research.
Students can store electronic textbooks on the iPad, as well as take notes during class, watch lectures or presentations and check on grades and assignments.
Instead of information being in hefty texts and numerous notebooks, it will be a finger-tap away on the 11/2 pound device that is about 10 inches tall, 8 inches wide and a half-inch thick.
The learning curve isn't likely to be very steep for the texting high school graduates who are used to spending time online and on a computing device.
Bill Handy, visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, is leading a pilot project that will give iPads to about 120 business and communications students. He is spending the summer recording all of his lectures, so students can watch them any time and come to class ready to take advantage of the time they have with the instructor and other students.
"If they're ready to listen to a lecture at 10 o'clock at night, they can do so," he said. "And they can do it in an environment where they're ready to learn."
Handy tried the technique once last semester, and every student watched the video. Most came back asking him to do that more often, adding that their friends thought the idea was great, too.
The textbooks chosen for the courses will be available on the iPad, and most will cost about $100 less than the traditional version. Users can perform searches within the text, highlight portions, take notes and jump to any chapter immediately, Handy said.
He's had his iPad for a couple of months and has gotten used to it quickly. He had no problems typing a six-page memo on the virtual keyboard, and he has found reading on the device to be a delight, he said.
"What it does is it allows a lot more mobility and a lot more functionality," he said.
And if students find as Handy has that they don't print nearly as much as they used to, the university could save a substantial amount of money on paper and ink.
At Tulsa Community College, Gornie Williams is looking forward to the same benefits. As associate dean of business and information technology, he is leading a pilot project that will put iPads in the classrooms for about 20 students in project management.
Using the technology in the classroom will prepare them for the business world, when an e-mail or text message could change the parameters of a project immediately and immensely, Williams said