Educational iPad kiosks on rise in schools and universities

June 19, 2012

Kiosks featuring iPads and aimed at educational programs, marketing campaigns, information portals and recruiting events are on the rise with school districts, k-12 schools, colleges and universities across the nation, according to ArmorActive Inc.

The company said it has helped to secure thousands of iPads and facilitate custom solutions for a wide array of iPad related projects in educational settings.

"Teachers have seamlessly blended the iPads into their everyday practices. It has become part of the daily ritual of assessing students' needs and targeting those needs in the most effective way possible," said Sherwood Heights Elementary Principal Laura Shaw, in an announcement from ArmorActive Inc.

Recently, the San Diego School District announced plans to introduce more than 25,000 iPads into their K-12 system. In Maine, 285 students are reading at a higher level because iPads have been incorporated into their curriculum. These large volume iPad deployments are part of a growing trend in education from kindergarten all the way to graduate programs, with applications ranging from educational games for children to college textbooks and campus portals, the company said.

According to the announcement, ArmorActive has worked with universities across the nation from UC Berkley on the west coast to Harvard on the east. At Utah State University in Logan, Utah, custom "Aggie Blue" iPad kiosks by ArmorActive are being implemented at each of their 27 satellite campuses in an effort to keep distance learning students informed and engaged in all the university's updates and events.

After running their pilot program in 2010, where the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania distributed over 400 iPads to executive MBA students, the university engaged ArmorActive to create ten custom branded iPad holders to be used as a tool for gathering information on campus events.

Applications for iPads in schools or business are varied and unique, and  "intricacies within each project require that our team understands the customer's needs and how to effectively work with project deadlines and custom requests," said Kyle Muir, president of ArmorActive. "In order to meet the demands of custom projects, we bring on project managers and engage all of our departments, from logistics to marketing."

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Topics: Education / Schools , Hardware , Kiosk Branding , Kiosk Design , Trends / Statistics

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