Fort Hays State University students and faculty were able to see the latest advances in technology at the first annual Mobile Teaching and Learning Conference held at the Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union earlier this spring. Nex-Tech, Dell, Apple, Gateway, WestLink, Unicel, Nex-Tech Wireless, Alltel, FHSU and other businesses partnered to show students and faculty the most up-to-date technology. Nex-Tech Wireless demonstrated the use of various data functions on cell phones. Nex-Tech demonstrated multiple mobility solutions via a Wi-Fi connection including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone service, how to make calls from a laptop with Nex-Tech's VoIP service and streaming video that enables consumers to watch cable television service on their computer. Other businesses, such as Dell, Apple and Gateway, also showcased their newest products.
In addition to seeing the latest technologies and attending workshops, FHSU students participating in the event were invited to fill out a Nex-Tech Scholarship Contest entry form describing how they would use a notebook computer, tablet computer, iPod or another mobile computing device to benefit their learning experience within their major for the opportunity to win a $500 Nex-Tech Scholarship towards tuition and books.
Nex-Tech has announced that Matthew Cartlidge, Great Bend freshman, was chosen as the recipient. Cartlidge's winning entry indicated that technology is a vital asset to him as a geosciences major, whether downloading PowerPoint presentations to his laptop or listening to class lectures on his iPod while exercising or driving. Cartlidge recommended developing location-based services for Smartphones. He provided an example of such technology: "With LBS, a student can walk to Forsyth (Library) and when in range, a text message will be sent to the Smartphone and the student can be informed of all the specials and upcoming events at the library."
John Ross, library director, played a major role in planning the event. "We were very pleased with the conference in terms of the impact on campus, the number of people attending and the overall support given by the vendors," he said. "We were especially pleased with the efforts given by Nex-Tech. Their support was extraordinary."
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