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Hundreds of Southern Miss students get new tablets

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Seven hundred Southern Miss students received a new tablet computer on Monday, just in time for the start of classes on Wednesday.

At the University's Trent Lott Center, students in the Honors College, Southern Style, McNair Scholars Program, and student leaders on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses picked up their Samsung Galaxy tablets on Monday.

The effort to distribute these computers is part of an initiative called UTab. Blackboard Inc. and Samsung Mobile are teaming up to present this pilot program at the university, which will require participants to fill out surveys and provide other feedback about the tablets. Martha Saunders is President of the University of Southern Mississippi.

According to Saunders, "We are helping a company determine how well students can learn using this new and innovative technology. And so as we see more and more textbooks going online and more and more text books being shipped electronically, we want to really check them out and make sure this is assisting learning. Plus, it's just cool!"

This yearlong initiative will allow students and faculty to keep the tablets as long as they continue to participate in the pilot program.

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