Purdue's Aviation School makes the switch to iPads

Purdue Polytechnic's School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is capitalizing on technology. The school better known as SATT introduces a new line of taking education to the next level.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 11:51 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —Purdue Polytechnic's School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is capitalizing on technology. The school better known as SATT introduces a new line of taking education to the next level.

They're called "electronic Purdue bag" and all students, faculty members and staff within the aviation school received one. Each filled with an iPad, a case, an Apple Pencil and a keyboard.

"We are really embracing a centralized learning tool so they are able to put their books in the classroom, build presentations and really just make a holistic environment for their learning," said aviation safety manager Stephanie Brown.


The learning process all takes place on the iPad from accessing technical documents, operating manuals and navigational charts. Major airlines have been embracing technology like this for years.


The school says It will make a big difference.

"It makes it seamless so if there's a write-up we need to share or safety reporting they are able to insert a report and it pings me automatically," said Brown. "It pings our safety team and we are able to work that and have those conversations that we need to have."


Conversations between students and staff are done directly on the iPads with immerse augmented reality.

"It's going to be an ever growing continuous improvement and growing just like technology," said Brown.


But, ultimately why the change from pencil and paper to touch and technology?

"We really want to make sure our students are set up for success because airlines are embracing that and also just education as a whole it seemed like a perfect fit for us taking those big steps forward," said Brown.


Going forward the school has plan to make sure it doesn't follow behind while technology advances.

"All of the iPads are on a two-year lease program so what that does is the students will turn them in after two years and it'll keep us at the most one generation behind with the iPads," said Brown. "It's part of our sustainability plan to make sure we keep staying on the latest and greatest."

Brown said only a few other universities across the country are using this same technology for their aviation programs.

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