Our recent meeting consisted of an app presentation by Josh from Daedalus.
The basic function of this app is it gives professors the ability to create “chalk and talk” videos by writing directly on their iPad with a stylus or their finger. This is something that would seem to be ideal in the math and science fields for problem solving. And not only is the writing recorded, but the professor has an option to provide voice over as well. They do limit each to 4 slides bc their philosophy is students fare better with receiving these types of tutorials in shorter increments, so a 10 minute time frame is the recommendation.
The Professor can enroll his/her students in the course which is created on the back end of their site. All recordings are stored on their site and accessible via laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones for the convenience of the students. Josh also mentioned that they are looking for ideas for expanding, but that currently all features are free. The link below gives more information as well as a link to download the app. Try it out and let us know what you think.
Our second presenter was Martina from Dyson Instructional Technology. She introduced the Turn It In and Qualtrics apps to us. Both of these tools are commonly used at Pace already, but now having a mobile app version makes it even easier to use.
Turn It In is the plagiarism checker used by many universities. It is already built into our Blackboard ecosystem and now Professors can get their students papers on their other devices via this app. It makes the process of grading an anywhere type of thing as opposed to needing an actual computer. A few of the main features of the app include the originality report, quick mark comments, voice comments, and more. The best part? Let’s say you are traveling to work on the train or will be somewhere without Wi-Fi. No problem. Just sync the papers before you leave home to the app and grade off-line.
More information here: http://turnitin.com/en_us/features/ipad
Download app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turnitin/id657602524?mt=8
The second app was our survey tool that we use at Pace. Qualtrics is a robust, but easy to use online survey tool. The app allows you to download and manager your surveys. They pride themselves on the simplicity of using their service, but also with the number of additional features that you can utilize as you see fit. Below you will see a link to a short YouTube video which will tell you more about the features:
Download app here:
Our next mobile technology user group meeting is on March 6th, 2014 @ 3:30pm in M16 (PLV) and E319 (NYC). See you there!