Katie Fritsch, senior and president of the Seton Hill Government Association (SHGA), credits the iPad for increased participation at SHGA meetings.

“In the past not all representatives expressed his or her opinion at our meetings,” said Fritsch. “Now, we use Hoot Suite and everyone participates during the meetings.”

Hoot Suite, a social media dashboard, allows individuals to instantly post comments during discussions.

“If someone is shy and not comfortable sharing his or her thoughts, Hoot Suite allows the individual to be vocal. In the past, he/she may not have voiced an opinion,” said Fritsch. “The iPad and Hoot Suite have completely changed our meetings and the way we interact.”