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Apples for the first-years

Chatham technology initiative provides Apple MacBook Pro computers to Class of 2014

Six years ago Chatham University launched its new technology initiative that provided a Hewlett Packard tablet computer to every first–year undergraduate student. Beginning today, the Class of 2014 will help to reshape the program when each incoming student receives an Apple MacBook Pro notebook computer.

Designed to be used as part of the curriculum, both in and out of the classroom, the new MacBook Pro computers will provide students with enhanced flexibility. Each MacBook Pro will be installed with both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating systems, as well as the Microsoft Office Professional suite that supports both. Approximately 195 students and 24 faculty members will receive the computers, leased to the students through an annual technology fee that covers licensing, maintenance and insurance. Once the student completes her undergraduate degree, she will own the computer.

According to Apple, the latest model is the fastest, most powerful MacBook Pro ever. With its aluminum unibody enclosure, an advanced longer–lasting battery and a brilliant LED backlit display, the Pro has been precision engineered down to the smallest details. It has been embraced by students on campuses throughout the world.

“Since launching the one–to–one program, we’ve provided the past six incoming first–year students with the HP tablet computers, expanded the number of media smart classrooms, and provided faculty with software programs and technologies to enhance teaching and learning such as DyKnow.” explain Paul Steinhaus, Chief Information Officer. “However, after surveying the incoming first–year students, we found a greater desire for flexibility between both Apple and Microsoft applications, especially by students who are more familiar with Apple or utilize it for design–related programming.”

Using Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows 7 Professional in tandem enables students to continue to interact with faculty who still utilize the HP tablet computers. Both the MacBook Pro and HP tablet computers can access the University’s wireless network, and both incorporate technology that allow faculty to remotely block programs like email and online chat during class to prevent students from becoming distracted.

“The technology initiative continues to be a success, and we plan to closely monitor how the Apple and HP platforms interact,” Mr. Steinhaus said. “We are also looking forward to what we can learn from both the students and faculty in order to continually improve the program.”

Apple, Mac, Mac OS and MacBook are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.


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