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HCC campus gives 200 adjunct faculty iPads

Erin Mulvane, Houston Chronicle
Published 1:51 pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Fourth generation Apple iPads are seen on display at an Apple store on February 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The new 128GB Apple iPad 4 went on sale today across the nation with a price tag of $799 for the wi-fi only model. LTE 4G and 3G models are selling for $929.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Sullivan, Staff / 2013 Getty Images
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Fourth generation Apple iPads are seen on display at an Apple store on February 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The new 128GB Apple iPad 4 went on sale today across the nation with a price tag of $799 for the wi-fi only model. LTE 4G and 3G models are selling for $929. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Sullivan, Staff

 

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Adjunct faculty at Houston Community College Southwest will be teaching their classes armed with the latest technology in an effort to keep up not only with full-time faculty but also their tech savvy students.

About 200 adjunct faculty members were given iPad minis at the beginning of this year and next year 200 more will receive them to use as a teaching tool, said Doug Rowlett, director of HCC Southwest's educational technology services. The adjunct faculty are also receiving training on how to use the iPad in the classroom, he said.

In Fall 2012, more than 48 percent of the HCC campus faculty were adjuncts. Rowlett said the new technology will keep them motivated.

"The tool are important and cost a lot of money," Rowlett said in an informational video about the program. "We spend that money to make improvements in the classroom."

The iPads can be used to quickly take attendance and students can check in using their smart phones, tablets or lap tops. The adjunct faculty are also encouraged to use the educational apps available on the iPads to improve lessons.

"The instructor doesn't have to reinvent the wheel. The tools are available," he said. "With a little work and research, you can find an application that will give you what you want and what you need in the classroom."