This blog was written by Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication
I turned 40 last year, and for my birthday I received a new iPad. Now, I really wanted a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (like the one Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt), but as my wife reminded me, “With age comes judgment.” So I didn’t turn away from the iPad.
In fact, something unexpected has come from this new technology. I find myself enjoying reading again. Newspaper articles, magazine features, full-length books … you name it and I’m reading it. I think it’s a combination of convenience (I can download a new book at any time of the day), content (the articles are always being refreshed to reflect the latest news) and interaction (I can share stories at the click of a button).
Technology can expand our horizons in ways we never thought possible. It’s one of the reasons that Pittsburg State University has initiated an iPad program for its faculty members.
During the spring semester, faculty members were given the opportunity to receive a tablet and attend special training workshops. The end goal is to integrate technology into the curriculum in a way that provides students with a classroom environment that’s even more engaging and dynamic.
It’s a pretty cool concept, and should pay dividends for students and faculty alike in the near future.
Now, if only I could convince my wife that a ‘60s muscle car would make ME more engaging and dynamic.