Helping YOU with your new iPads!
We’re counting down the hours and minutes to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, when, in partnership with the School of Medicine & Dentistry, we’ll be handing out brand new iPads to first-year medical students.
We’re already the primary support group for all University of Rochester medical student information and computing needs, and we’ll be the experts in the use of iPads in the medical school curriculum, too. We’ll be providing instruction and support to the medical students and faculty, for the devices themselves as well as the apps, tools, learning materials, and information resources that will be accessed through the iPads.
SMD hopes its initial purchase of over 100 iPads to first-year students will herald not only an enriched curriculum but also a steady reduction in the use of printed course materials. (Additional deployments to other medical student classes are planned for the future.) And iPads make checking email, sharing classroom notes, reading books, and viewing images so natural, well, personally…we wonder how we ever did it any other way!
We (librarians, IT staff, and e-Learning staff) received our brand new iPads in December 2011, after successfully competing for a Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.* We’ve been test driving our iPads, eating and sleeping with them, looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned with students, for weeks now.
So, what’s our formula for happiness? How about: Saving trees + cool new technology + you!
We look forward to sharing more about what we’re learning; and we look forward to your sharing what you’re learning with us, too.
*This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.