University in N.J. Pioneers Android-aided Education

September 7, 2011
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Looks like the Android vs. Apple war has literally reached new grounds, the U.S. education system. iPads used to be the the tablet of choice for higher education purposes, but Seton Hall University opted for devices running on Android operating system.

The pilot program of the South Orange, New Jersey campus will involve 300 students and members of the faculty. Lenovo is the school’s manufacturer of choice, with the ThinkPad as the chosen tablet of Seton Hall, even if the device was released only the day before the school’s policy announcement. ThinkPad specs include a multitouch 10.1 screen, WiFi and 3G connectivity, 1GB of memory, and 64GB of internal storage.

The device will also have access to more than 25,000 apps from the Android Market, all of which are described by Lenovo as malware-free. Seton Hall did not mention the costs the new technology development would incur, but according to the official Lenovo site, the 64GB WiFi and 3G-enabled tablet will cost as much as $699.

Seton Hall’s move to accommodate Android was well-received, as it breaks the iPad elitism in tertiary institutions thus diversifying the playing field. iPad has been the top device for small and big schools alike, ever since it was out in the market in 2009.According to Stephan Landry, Seton Hall’s chief operating officer, the pilot program is in support of the university’s Mobile Computing Program, a program giving new devices to students and faculty every two to three years.

“This new technology represents the next evolution in Seton Hall University’s Mobile Computing Program to use technology effectively to support teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness while keeping pace with technology that appeals to our students,” he said.

via eCampus News

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