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HP's Mobile Technology Cuts Loose at Alberta: Edmonton's NAIT Forestry Students Use HP's Mobile Technology for Field Work and Real-Time Mapping

Magazine article University Business

HP's Mobile Technology Cuts Loose at Alberta: Edmonton's NAIT Forestry Students Use HP's Mobile Technology for Field Work and Real-Time Mapping

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As one of Canada's largest technical institutes, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta, is all about using the latest technology to support the education of a highly mobile student body and the administrative tasks of a large, growing institute.

"The typical approach in education is to go to the marketplace with a tender and look for the lowest price you can find," says Sandi Barber, Mobile Learning Project Manager within NAITs Technology and Curriculum Innovation area. "The problem is that you end up with a fractured approach to your IT [system] and the purchase price is small compared to what it costs to maintain your system."

Costs aside, the commitment to increased mobility is providing access to the information and applications students need and save physical space for more value-added activities such as seminars and interactive labs.

An early example of that mobility is NAIT's two-year forest technology program with HP'S wireless-enabled PCs. …

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