As technology experts make predictions about the coming year, many are predicting the arrival of the tablet computer in huge numbers, including on campus.
I have to admit to being skeptical. So far, at least on my campus, I have seen only about 4 iPads – all being used by faculty. I remember a few years ago I began thinking that laptop usage in class was on the rise among students, but I have noticed in the last year or so a decrease in the number of student laptops in classes. Perhaps my campus is different from others – it is a public, state institution – but it really can’t be that far off from other schools. I think the introduction of technology into the classroom is great, but it does move slowly in academia, often very, very slowly – particularly with funds being so tight. Now, will I get one this year? Probably…..well, most likely.