Our recent meeting consisted of two main topics: using the iPad in the Art classroom as well as the use of Blackboard Collaborate on the go.
Professor Jane Dickson first discussed with us how she uses the iPad in her classroom. She primarily uses Google searches to find different historical pieces of art to show to students as they are working during class. She also will use the iPad to locate other historical pieces of art that some of the students art reminds her of so she can show them the comparisons. It also allows her the freedom to feed the students more information on the fly and then allow them to come back later on and look up more historical information that may peak their interest regarding a specific work of art or artist. In addition to Google image searches she also uses different artist websites, institution websites, etc. She hopes to continue to use the iPad and expand her usage to best meet the needs of her students.
Our second presentation was by 2 of the ITS e-Terns from the Academic Technology office. They presented on Blackboard Collaborate. Collaborate is an online learning and collaboration platform allowing faculty and students to meet from anywhere…anytime…and be able to do just about anything. Their focus was on the use of Collaborate as a user and on the go, which many of us are these days. Because of a robust app, you are able to join Collaborate session from your smart phone or tablet anywhere you have an internet/4G type connection. They demonstrated the use of two way audio, the recording feature, instant polls, chats, and more. You never have to miss a class or meeting session again with the option to login using this app. Check it out in the app store.
Our final meeting of the semester is on Thursday May 8, 2014 at 3:30pm in the VC rooms. We hope to see you there. If we don’t see you, best of luck as the semester winds down!