Over the last three weeks, I have truly enjoyed getting to know my iPad and seeing how it can be used both personally and professionally. One of the things I wanted to know was if I could leverage the device to use it as a Campus Center technology tool for our student Building Managers. Yesterday, I got a resounding confirmation!
Let me give you a quick back story. I have used FileMaker Pro to create and maintain databases since graduate school at Central Connecticut State University and continued to use it in my Campus Center administrative roles. It does effective information management functions such as recording duty logs, space usage statistics, equipment inventory, lost and found records, and even an employee time clock just to name a few. Up until today, this system was only accessible via the computer stations that my students were sitting at, as they logged on to the main database on a centralized University server.
Now, this information is completely mobile thanks to the magic of the iPad and the FileMaker Go app! Students can access the database via the Campus Center WiFi signal and input statics, logs and other information while doing their rounds! This will enable the staff to have real time Campus Center information on the go and teach students how to professionally utilize the iPad. When you couple this with Social Media brand monitoring of our Twitter and Facebook pages and our Blog and YouTube Channel, it is a complete win-win!
Does your office/department plan on purchasing an iPad yet? If so, what will you be using it for?