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Samsung today announced that the University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss, to those of us from south of the Mason-Dixon Line) has purchased 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to provide to students in its Honors College pilot program.

It's not all fun and games -- the tablets will be preloaded with Blackboard Mobile, so they can do some of that learning stuff we hear goes on in colleges. The rest of the time? We know what they'll be doing.

University of Southern Mississippi to Provide Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 Tablets to Students

Samsung Mobile and Blackboard team up to bring a revolutionary learning experience to the classroom

DALLAS, August 1, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.[1], today announced that the University of Southern Mississippi will offer Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 mobile tablets to students participating in an Honors College pilot program this fall.

The University of Southern Mississippi is piloting up to 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices to be distributed to selected Honors College, McNair Scholars, Southern Style and Gulf Coast students. The goal of this mobile initiative is to provide students with privately funded tablets focused on enhancing access to education. These tablets, loaded with Blackboard Mobile™ Learn, will fundamentally change the educational experience by giving students and educators mobile access to their courses, syllabi, content, e-textbooks, grades, schedules, emergency notifications and much more.

“Today’s announcement illustrates a growing demand from higher education institutions seeking to implement Samsung Mobile technology and content solutions in the classroom,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy Tab portfolio is an attractive option for schools looking for devices armed with strong feature sets and access to a comprehensive selection of applications built to enhance the learning process.”

The Samsung tablets will transform the educational space as students and professors share the same hardware and software, enabling them to experience and share audio, video, and other learning materials to accomplish classroom goals. The devices will also aid to reduce the amount of paper used in the classroom and provide students with easy access to e-books and other interactive learning materials.

“Tablets are like the Swiss Army Knife to academic excellence. By leveraging this new technology, we are committed to transforming the way students interact, engage and learn in the classrooms,” said Homer Coffman, Chief Information officer for The University of Southern Mississippi. “The iTech department at Southern Miss is continually challenging itself to support emerging technology and find new ways to put information into the students’ hands.”

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a WiFi-enabled tablet that measures at just 8.6 millimeters slim, making it the thinnest large screen tablet currently available in the world. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by the Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) platform and features a brilliant 10-inch touchscreen and access to an array of applications through the Android Market™.

“Samsung Mobile is focused on enhancing enterprise solutions for the Samsung Galaxy portfolio in order to make Samsung the first choice for a variety of enterprise verticals including education, healthcare and others,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales for Samsung Mobile. “We are dedicated to enabling educational institutions like the University of Southern Mississippi to provide their students with access to premium technology that enhances the learning experience.”

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition is currently available nationwide. Visit www.samsung.com for additional details.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

 

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Southern Miss buys 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets for Honors College pilot program

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It's only a matter of time before he buys educational patents and starts suing schools which don't use Apple software and products.

What a great thing. I bought a 3G XOOM for my son in High School. It's awesome for the things he needs to do. He doesn't bring it to school, but he does all his homework and accesses the school's websites on it. We rooted it, so he has MSD class on the USB port. Along with a bluetooth keyboard w/touchpad and a network printer, he's completely good to go. His HP notebook PC gathers dust.

A tablet is the best thing for students. And due to the open architecture and ability to work with folders, Android tablets are the best tablets for education.

Good move. Its time android tablets are recogonized for their excellence but Im sure the university will get a letter from apple and steve GODS voicing his great displeasure and official blacklist notification.

Galaxy tablets being bought by any college for students is just stupid. Let's see them try to speed-type their notes being dictated by the college professor on that virtual keyboard. How about they buy the students netbooks instead? With the price savings, they could include a few ebooks in there too.

Were those the 1000 they were saving for Australia? :)

And cue the Apple fanboy variations on "dumb rednecks" comments in 3...2...1.

@yumyum: Seriously? That's the best argument you could come up with? Ever heard of Swype? Or just recording the audio? Heck, some professors, who have also joined the rest of us in the 21st century, make their notes available for download. Wow.