December 18, 2012 iPad Meeting

Hello, iPad users and welcome to the last post of the Fall 2012 semester! Boy did this semester fly by or what?! In our last meeting we had representatives from Doceri, a great app for the classroom, come stop by and talk about it. By the end of the meeting we asked ourselves, Where do we go from here? And I think you will like the answer!

First representatives from Doceri came by to talk about this great app that professors can use for their classroom. Doceri is an iPad app that includes an interactive whiteboard and a great screencast recorder. First you can create a free account with Doceri online or on the iPad. Once you get started that is where the fun begins. You will be able to create any sort of lesson plans for any subject whether it be Math, History or just plain old English. Once you have settled in, you can then bring your created lesson plans to class and be able to show your students. Not only will students feel more like they are included, but they will enjoy hearing lesson plans and watching it visually happening on the screen.

 

Another great feature about Doceri, is that it actually allows you to connect to a computer to be able to project your iPad! If you are tired of just having your back towards your students while writing on a whiteboard, Doceri can change that! Included is the option to have a computer connect to your iPad and that is where you can have an interactive Whiteboard come to life. You can have the projector, showing your students what you are writing in real time. So if you are explaining a math problem you can write your explanation on your iPad and it will show the students at the same time. There is no more need to have your back towards your students ever again!

For more information about this free app, head over to Doceri’s website! Once you have tired it let us know what you think about this app!  You can also search for some great demo videos on YouTube and follow them on Twitter.

Finally, we discussed one last question which was “Where do we go from here?” Some of the responses from people at the meeting said they wanted us to talk about other technology outside of the iPad. Maybe we can discuss some tricks and tips for Android tablets or maybe we can discuss anything about the new Microsoft Surface. If you would like that let us know! We want to gauge interest in new technology to expand even further!

After another successful semester, we hope to see you again next semester! Dates and times of our meetings in the Spring will be posted. Keep checking back for updates!

From everyone here, we wish you a wonderful winter break! See you back in the Spring!

November 28th iPad Meeting

Hello iPad Users!

During this meeting we discussed a new,  great App called Lecture Tools.

Searching for this great new App? This is what it looks like!

Student Overview

Lecture Tools is a student response system that allows students to take notes linked with the slides and videos presented in class, answer instructor generated questions, and anonymously ask questions to the instructor. Often students do not want to ask a question in front of their peers or even to their professor because they fear the embarrassment of asking questions, but with this application, as a student, the process of question asking can be worry free! Additionally, sometimes certain topics can become confusing to a student or a majority of students, but again students are embarrassed to express their frustration understanding a topic during class and will quietly go to the instructor after class. This application also allows students to flag slides right away so the instructor can see if just one student is having difficulty or a majority of students, and then can spend more time with the whole class on the topic or one on one with the one student who didn’t understand the material. After class this content can be accessed for review.

Instructor Overview

First, instructors can use the web application to upload slides and videos (such a Youtube) and add many different types of  interactive questions . This will make it easier to prepare the material that is going to be discussed in class.  Once uploaded students can then use the iPad app ( or web app) to participate in class.  Instructors can hide slides until they want to reveal them to the class, and then click publish so students can then see the slide that was once hidden. Nonetheless, students cannot skip ahead to view future slides. At the end of the lesson, the instructor will have a report card to see how much a student participated and interacted. The content will always be accessible to the students as long as the instructor wishes to keep it available. The Lecture Tools application has been independently shown to increase engagement, especially in large classes.

Here Are Some Demo Slides

This image shows a slide with content on the material being discussed in class.

Shows visual content within the slide.
Any kind of media can be used with the slides.

Interactive Questions

This slide shows a question being asked by the instructor in which the students can reply to the answer they think is correct.

Another visual content slide that shows the areas in North America that contain that type of rock.

Another interactive question in which this time one would have to tap the iPad to click on the part of the volcano they think is the crater.

Additionally, one of the neatest features of Lecture Tools is that you don’t need an iPad or even a laptop to respond to questions the teacher presents within the app.  As long as you link your account with your phone number, you can text the answer directly from your mobile phone.

There you have a brief overview of Lecture Tools! Hopefully we will be seeing it used at Pace in the near future!