By: Samantha Finch
When I got the email over the summer explaining that my creative course would be experimenting with iPads in the classroom, I wasn’t sure what to think beside that this would be a learning experience whether or not anything came from it. I had used the iPad informally before, the usual taking pictures with my friends, making home videos, downloading a zombie app–basically all the stuff that makes the iPad a part of every young adults life. But the academic setting of this pilot project provoked my curiosity. Since this course began about 8 weeks ago, I have leaned beyond just the controls of this touch screen computer to discover the significant amount of capabilities it has.
As a classroom tool it provides all the essentials of a laptop or a desktop in a tiny 8×10 format. It allows students to interact with each other, the professor, and opens the door to possibilities for the future of Pace University and education in general. The plethora of apps can ensure every person will find something he or she desires. Educational apps allow for students to grow both in knowledge of source material but also in technological advancements. Programs like Creative Writing (one of the apps we use in the Fiction Writing class) give a new spin on daily writing assignment making it easy to write, send, and save. Overall, the movement into the technological era has only begun, and the iPad is beginning to surpass a textbook, notebook, a pen, and a binder. It seems only logical to follow the road of the keyboard.
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By: Danny Laux
Ever since I was given my iPad, I have greatly enjoyed it & found it very helpful with my schoolwork & other things as well. With this unique device, I have been able to take quick notes for my class, I have been able to read lots of web documents from it, I have been able to submit many of my documents for my classes through it & I have been able to use it during my leisure time. To make things better, it was much lighter & easier to carry than my regular laptop.
Oh, how I do hope that there are more classes where we can use an iPad. If there are, then I would be very happy! If there is any college professor who would like to try something new for their next semester in teaching, then you should certainly give the iPad a try & it just might work out for your class as it did with mine.
Well, I guess that’s all I can really say about the iPad. If anyone reading this has one, I hope you enjoy it & I hope it comes in handy when you need/want it next. Just be sure to keep it charged, because they can’t stay running forever! Oh & be sure to treat it well as well, because these things aren’t invincible to damage. But anyway, just be sure to take care of it and enjoy it as well!
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By: Steve Clemente
I was always curious about the iPad when it first came out. I thought to myself that it was just an overgrown iPod and that it was kind of a useless item and that I could only see myself using it for entertainment such as sorting music or going on YouTube or even checking my Facebook.
Then a couple of my friends bought their own iPads and were constantly using and bragging about it and how it was so good and that it does so much. Shortly after, the iPad 2 came out and they sold their iPad 1’s in order to get the second generation one. At this point I still did not see the use of the iPad because I still felt that I would only be using it for entertainment rather than important things.
Now that I am in this creative writing class and I have an iPad, I never realized how much I would be using it for actual important things such as blackboard assignments and sending out emails. I definitely would love to see if I can get an iPad in the near future.
Sent from my iPad
Yesterday was our last iPad meeting of the semester and it was a good one. Dr Angeline Yoder from the College of Central Florida presented her PowerPoint entitled All I Take To Class Is My iPad. Please click here to access Dr. Yoder’s PowerPoint presentation.
Dr. Jonathan Hill and students Jeremy Pease and Anthony Perrone from the Seidenberg School of Computer Science updated the group on the Seidenberg Creative Lab. The Seidenberg Creative Lab consists of an organized development team that creates websites as well as iPad and iPhone apps for nonprofit organizations. They talked about a number of different development tools and applications that they use such as Notepad++, Eclipse, Xcode, Codebase, and Phonegap. Phonegap allows a user to bridge created apps to a specific platform. They also talked about the challenges involved in learning Objective C, the computer language needed to develop apps. Anthony received a crash course in Objective C by following the Objective C course taught at Stanford University which has been made available through iTunes U. You can access iTunes U from iTunes itself, and listen to the lectures while honing your Objective C skills.
Even though the semester is coming to an end, the iPad blog isn’t, we will continue to post student reactions from Jane Collin’s class so please keep reading.
Thank you for your support of our iPad meetings, we will post the 2012 meeting dates soon.
Have a happy holiday and a refreshing New Year.
By: Amanda Morey
My experience with the iPad in this course has been overall very good. It is much more lightweight than a laptop and I do not feel like it blocks me off from the rest of the class while using it as a laptop often does.
Also, that we can e-mail the comments we’ve made about each other’s work to the author is very beneficial. In my opinion, it could be the best thing about using an iPad for this course. I have taken work shopping courses before where we did not have the opportunity to use iPads. The students would just write out their comments and if they volunteered tell the author what they thought and the author of the piece would take notes. E-mailing the comments is more efficient and the author being work shopped gets the opportunity to read the comments of all the students in the class- and of course the professor.
As with everything, there are cons to it as well. The only significant one I can really think of is a sometimes spotty Internet connection. Though I am not sure I can really blame that on the iPad.
Overall, I would certainly recommend use of the iPad in the classroom to any work shopping class. As well as any class in general, because I think all classes could benefit from it.
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By: Kirstie Stutz
I bought my iPad within the first month it was released. I’m one of those people that love their Apple products! Normally, I would bring my MacBook to class to take notes. I’ve found that using my iPad is so much easier. It’s lighter, it’s not in the way of seeing what’s in front of me and it doesn’t take up the entire desk. I really like the fact that I don’t have to waste paper products. Everything is saved right on my iPad or emailed. I would love if all teachers began incorporating iPads into the classroom. It would be even better if all of our textbooks were on our iPads as well. Maybe the cost would be cheaper, and we wouldn’t have to lug giant textbooks around. I know some people are used to using paper and don’t really want to change their ways, but there are so many more things that we could incorporate into the classrooms that have never been done before. It’s time to begin using the technology that is available for us to better the experience we have in our classrooms.
Sent from my iPad
November 29th was our third iPad meeting. To recap:
- Dr. Jane Collins talked about how she uses her iPad in her creative writing course. Every student in the course has an iPad and over the last two weeks we have been posting their experiences with using the iPad in the classroom. Two of her students also presented at the meeting. You can click here to read more about Jane Collins’ creative writing course and here for Veronica Goin’s experience using the iPad in school.
- Dr. Andrew Wier talked about the iPad cart the Biology department will receive very shortly. There are many apps and uses for the iPad in the sciences, so faculty plan on exploring various features of this technology.
- Dr. Martina Blackwood talked about an app named E-Clicker. It is a personal response system that allows teachers to poll their class during a lesson. It provides teachers with the real-time feedback to help improve understanding of the course in a quicker way. E-Clicker system is made up of two companion apps: the host app and the client app. Teachers use the host app to create questions and begin polling sessions; students use the client app to enter their responses once polling has started. If students do not have access to the app, they can still participate from a computer or their smartphone. The Host app cost $9.99 and the client app is free.
The next iPad meeting will be held on December 14 at 12pm. It will be located in Miller 16 on the Pleasantville campus and E-319 on the New York City campus. We look forward to seeing you there.
The iPad meeting held on 11/25 went over the basics, when downloading the iOS 5. The meeting was very productive and we were left with some helpful advice as well as an introduction to some cool new features:
1) When updating to iOS 5 make sure to back up the data then upgrade or your information and apps will be lost
2) One new iOS 5 feature is imessage which lets you send unlimited text messages via Wi-Fi or 3G from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to anyone with an appleID.
3) Another new feature is notifications can now pop up as an alert, a banner or not at all (banner only last about 3 seconds)
4) iCloud is a new feature that is used to hold all your music, photos, videos, documents and more and wirelessly share them between all your apple devices. Every device you have set up on the iCloud automatically sync with each other. You can now also view and download your documents and Data from Numbers, Pages and Keynote in one convenient place iCloud.com.
5) New to the iCloud network is Photostream, which automatically takes your photos and shares them between all your devices. The pictures are stored on Photostream for 30 days and do not take up space on your device unless you transfer them to your iPhoto.
All in all there are a lot of new features to discover on the new iOS 5 and we will be sure to cover them.
As you may know, October 12th was the first of our four iPad meetings for the fall 2011 semester. During the meeting Chris Levy of ITS, discussed what every iPad user should know, he also shared special tips for new and old iPad users. Here is a link that covers the important topics discussed at our first meeting, including some information we didn’t have time to cover.click here
Please be sure to join us at our next iPad meeting.
Quick Voice Recorder is the most popular, full-featured iPhone voice recorder available. With QuickVoice you can record voice notes, reminders, dictations, meetings, interviews, shopping lists, to do lists, and even entire lectures and multi-session seminars. Quick Voice Recorder automatically saves your recordings in the category you select along with the date/time stamp and also allows you to email recordings. It’s a very useful app for students as well as teachers. This app is free on the iPad.
Jot! is a white board app that allows users to collaborate in real time. Jot! allows you to free-hand draw with your finger or stylus or you can add text with just a tap. You can copy and paste lines, change their color, or delete them altogether. You can save your Jot! to your photo library and email or print your creation. When you open a blank sheet, you have a side panel with a few options. Pick a color and start drawing, if you mess up, you can either use the eraser, or just delete the lines you don’t like. You can grab a line by touching and holding for a second. An edit panel will appear that allows you to move the line, drag it to the garbage, copy it or change the color. Once you are finished with your doodle, or whatever you are creating, you can start a new one and the old one will be automatically saved within the app. If you are ready to send your work of art to someone, you have the option of sending it as a “jot” file, a PDF or an image. This app cost 4.99 but there is also a free iPad version which allows you to collaborate on projects as well.