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Olivet at forefront of music education technology with new iPad initiative

Posted: Sep 09, 2013


iPad is the best technology available for transforming the teaching and learning experience at Olivet.

Olivet’s Department of Music announces the iLearn@Olivet initiative which provides an iPad to every student involved in the music program at Olivet. The initiative is the first distribution of the iPad in the University’s history and one of the first iPad deployments in the country designed specifically to empower young musicians and transform music education.

iPad content and usage is tailored for Olivet’s Department of Music needs as iPad will be used for all band, orchestra, choral and instrumental ensemble music scores, ebooks, note-taking and email. Right at the students’ fingertips will be countless thoughtful and innovative applications of the technology, including field formation diagraming, vocal coaching, and recording apps and solutions. In some instances, students won’t even need to lift a finger as the department will also be purchasing 50 AirTurn Bluetooth page turning devices to be used with iPad, which will allow instrumentalists to turn the pages of their music wirelessly with the use of a foot pedal.

At the beginning of the 2013–2014 academic year, in the first phase of this initiative, nearly 500 music students, staff and faculty have received or will receive their devices. Students have purchased their devices at a discounted price through the University, as part of their tuition and fees.

On hand for the initial distribution were Dennis Seymour '82, director of information technology, and 23 of his staff members. They were available to help with the setup of the devices and troubleshooting as the students familiarized themselves with the applications and capabilities of iPad.