iPads at Pepperdine
The iPad is a mobile tablet developed by Apple, Inc. The original iPad debuted in April 2010 and Pepperdine invested in several hundred units that summer to launch the Pepperdine iPad Research Study. The first classes to explore the iPad were held in fall 2010 with research continuing in spring 2011 and fall 2011. Although the study has concluded, we continue to offer iPad units to Pepperdine classes through an application process.
It's hard to argue with the fact that the iPad revitalized the mobile tablet market and created a consumer fire for these devices. Tablets are not new, however. Years ago, Microsoft and Palm had handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) and even Apple had its own, called Newton. Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC edition operating system enabled many manufacturers to launch tablet devices, such as IBM's popular ThinkPad. Several Pepperdine faculty have experimented with Windows-based Tablet PCs in the past, exploring the impact on math education and other academic disciplines. Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7, has tablet capabilities built-in, continuing to offer mobile, touch-enabled functionality for laptops and other devices.
The launch of the iPad, along with its revolutionary App Store, sparked a new interest in both the academic and consumer markets for mobile tablets. This new energy has also encouraged the rapid development of other mobile platforms such as Google's Android and the revamped Microsoft Mobile. It's an exciting time and we welcome you to explore more about the possibilities that mobile devices may offer for teaching and learning.