Samsung Teams Up with the University of Southern Mississippi to Bring Students the Galaxy Tab 10.1


For students in the University of Souther Mississippi’s Honors College, acceptance into the program is no longer about showcasing stellar intellect, demonstrating proper work ethic, or padding their resume. Nope, thanks to Samsung it’s all about being one of one thousand to receive a Galaxy Tab 10.1 to carry with them throughout their studies. Called an “academic Swiss Army Knife” by Chief Information officer Homer Coffman, the Tab’s will be pre-loaded with Blackboard Mobile for access to course content, schedules, grades, and even e-textbooks. The hope is that the unique tablet form factor with its media and connectivity capabilities will open up new avenues of learning for students already well ahead of their studies. More choice quotes can be found in the presser below or the video above.

University of Southern Mississippi to Provide Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 Tablets to Students

Samsung Mobile and Blackboard team up to bring a revolutionary learning experience to the classroom

DALLAS, August 1, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.[1], today announced that the University of Southern Mississippi will offer Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 mobile tablets to students participating in an Honors College pilot program this fall.

The University of Southern Mississippi is piloting up to 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices to be distributed to selected Honors College, McNair Scholars, Southern Style and Gulf Coast students. The goal of this mobile initiative is to provide students with privately funded tablets focused on enhancing access to education. These tablets, loaded with Blackboard Mobile™ Learn, will fundamentally change the educational experience by giving students and educators mobile access to their courses, syllabi, content, e-textbooks, grades, schedules, emergency notifications and much more.

“Today’s announcement illustrates a growing demand from higher education institutions seeking to implement Samsung Mobile technology and content solutions in the classroom,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy Tab portfolio is an attractive option for schools looking for devices armed with strong feature sets and access to a comprehensive selection of applications built to enhance the learning process.”

The Samsung tablets will transform the educational space as students and professors share the same hardware and software, enabling them to experience and share audio, video, and other learning materials to accomplish classroom goals. The devices will also aid to reduce the amount of paper used in the classroom and provide students with easy access to e-books and other interactive learning materials.

“Tablets are like the Swiss Army Knife to academic excellence. By leveraging this new technology, we are committed to transforming the way students interact, engage and learn in the classrooms,” said Homer Coffman, Chief Information officer for The University of Southern Mississippi. “The iTech department at Southern Miss is continually challenging itself to support emerging technology and find new ways to put information into the students’ hands.”

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a WiFi-enabled tablet that measures at just 8.6 millimeters slim, making it the thinnest large screen tablet currently available in the world. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by the Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) platform and features a brilliant 10-inch touchscreen and access to an array of applications through the Android Market™.

“Samsung Mobile is focused on enhancing enterprise solutions for the Samsung Galaxy portfolio in order to make Samsung the first choice for a variety of enterprise verticals including education, healthcare and others,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales for Samsung Mobile. “We are dedicated to enabling educational institutions like the University of Southern Mississippi to provide their students with access to premium technology that enhances the learning experience.”

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition is currently available nationwide. Visit for additional details.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

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  1. Awesome, I know where I’m going to go!

    (to mug students)

    1. Why can’t my shool do this!! we’re paying 100,000 Dollars for the damn tuition

  2. I just graduated from Florida State University and I wish they jad done this. Sadly all they did was cut funding, take away scholarships, and raise tuition. Financially the eduational system in Florida is a mess. Still I can’t complain as I left with only a few thousand in debt.

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  3. I’m sure Apple will sue when they hear about this.

  4. Very cool

  5. Samsung is also paying for 4G to come to Cellular South, which serves Ms, Tn and Fl, and La

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