School of Journalism faculty members see many uses for Apple's new iPad in higher education, though they have no plans to require it for students. Digital textbooks, news delivery and note taking are some of the most likely uses for the device among college students, said Keith Politte, manager of the Reynolds Journalism Institute Technology Testing Center.
"It gives a more multimedia idea of delivering information and sharing information," KOMU/Channel 8 New Media Director Jen Reeves said. "It's expanded the iTouch into a much larger format."
Apple is advertising the device's 9.7-inch screen as perfect for reading, browsing the Internet, watching videos or using applications.
"The iPad is the intersection between a notebook computer and a phone," Politte said. "It does have Wi-Fi and possible 3G connectivity, depending on the model."
The iPad could also be a very interesting news delivery device or e-reader, RJI Futures Lab Director Mike McKean said.