MSB College Going Digital with iPads for All Students

Posted at: 09/25/2013 6:27 PM
Updated at: 09/25/2013 6:30 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Minnesota School of Business students in Rochester will no longer be lugging around tons of books to and from class. Come next week each student will get their very own iPad and that's pretty much all they'll need.

It's one way for the school to make things more affordable for students.

"You think about a typical classroom where you have an instructor in the front lecturing and all of the students are sitting there with their textbooks, we are totally redesigning that,” said Sara Govrik, Dean of Faculty at Minnesota School of Business in Rochester.

The Minnesota School of Business in Rochester is implementing what they call the Educational User Experience, using iPads to transform the way students are learning.

"We want our graduates to have every opportunity possible when they're done with school here and adding the technology piece I think will be a big help for them when it comes to finding a job once they graduate,” said Govrik.

This week is training grounds for the new technology, come Monday each student will get their own iPad, making it easy to integrate them into the classroom.

Projecting study guides or videos from the iPad onto an Apple TV are ways for teachers to enhance the classroom experience. The Globe Education Network is replacing all textbooks with eBooks, so students can access them on their iPad.

"I can really have access to my studies and be able to do at least pieces of homework or have access to assignment notifications where ever I am,” said Kelly Derby, student.

All full time students will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the iPad. For students like Kelly Derby, the idea of a more affordable education is ideal.

"I’m excited about the fact that the eBooks will be much cheaper,” said Derby.

"Using the eBooks saves our students approximately 40 percent over the course of the time they're here on their textbooks,” said Govrik.

Integrating the latest technology into everyday learning is one way to ensure students are ready for their future careers. All Globe Education Network campuses across Minnesota and Wisconsin will be shifting to this Educational User Experience.