March 2016 Meeting

Today we had a presentation by Rob from Swivl.  swivl_robot

Swivl is a robot and software package which allows you to record your lecture, meeting, interview etc.  The possibilities are endless.  The robot can be used with many tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth, the downloaded app and an included audio marker which serves a dual purpose both as your connection to the robot and as your wireless microphone.  swivl_capture_app

Essentially it follows you around (within a reasonable distance) and records your in class lecture to then make it available at a later time.  This can also be an ideal option for flipping the classroom and recording a lecture before class for the students to view.  Taking it to another level, we have some Professors already testing it out for use in the science areas doing lab experiments.  Because it can be charged before being used, the Swivl can also be used in other unique locations with up to 5 hours of battery life.  So you are no longer tied to the podium – or even the classroom- to use this device.

Currently we have one available on each campus in Dyson.  Please contact Martina Blackwood or Rich Miller for more details or leave us a comment below.  Click here for more information on Swivl.

Our second presenter was Gabe from ITS.  He gave us an overview of our new blogging site which is now Edublogs.  You can click here to find out more about them and how to start your own for your area or your next project.edu_blogs

Edublogs has a variety of custom options and our Mobile Tech Blog has undergone a little bit of a makeover which illustrates this.  It has a similar feel to our old system, but allows for a lot more user friendly and secure experience.  This includes mobile friendly sites, numerous themes/plugins (managed by Edublogs), privacy controls, and single sign on integration using your Pace credentials to name a few.  Check out the blogs out there across the University as this is a growing trend to share information via a simple online platform.  And feel free to request one of your own for your department via the Help Desk.  This new and improved blogging tool looks, feels and functions like a website and is simple to maintain.

web_inarOur last presenter was Heather from ITS.  She wanted to make everyone aware of the Webinar Wednesdays series that Academic Technologies offers.  Every other Wednesday there is a webinar which covers a pertinent IT tool.  If you cannot make the exact date and time, the sessions are recorded for future reference.  You can get more information on Webinar Wednesdays by clicking here.  We encourage you to sign up for them live if possible, but watching them afterwards really comes in handy as well.

Our next meeting is on April 20th @ 12:20pm in the PLV (M16) and NYC (E319) VC rooms.

March 6, 2014 Mobile Technologies User Meeting

Hello Mobile Technology Users! It is that time again, time for our monthly meeting! In this meeting we had one of our Environmental professors, Claudia Mausner, come discuss her experiences using an iPad for her classes. Also we discuss the Surface RT and how it can be used daily. So sit back and enjoy this meeting recap.  Then decide which tablet may be right for you…

First we had Claudia Mausner discuss her first time using an iPad. At first she said that her experiences with an iPad was not pleasant. She felt that the iPad was not user friendly. But as the semester has progressed on, she has now become accustomed to the iPad and what is has to offer. Claudia has been able to use the iPad to record videos for her students at the Wasterwater

Treatment Plant. Here is an example of it via Youtube. Feel free to check it out and spread the word! Let’s make this go viral.

Next she discussed what other things she has used. An app that she has used is SmartOffice 2. SmartOffice 2 is the equivalent to Microsoft Office Suite. Claudia discussed that she was able to type documents, take notes and easily save it to her DropBox account or just send it as an email. She said that it was extremely functional and something she has used on a daily basis since using the iPad. For more information about this app, head over to the App Store for SmartOffice 2 .

In the end Claudia has felt that the iPad has really helped her throughout the semester and she has really gotten used to it. Of course there are some minor things that still bug her, but overall her experience with the iPad has gotten better and now she has fully gotten the iPad experience. Has this convinced you to get an iPad?? If not read all about the presentation of the SurfaceRT below.

Next we discussed the SurfaceRT. First we discussed Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is an application that comes installed on Surface RT, Surface Pros and all PC (Laptops and Desktops). OneNote is a great application that acts as your binder with many different dividers. OneNote allows you to keep many “Notebooks” that allow you to keep notes. The great thing about this application is the functionality. It allows users to use their hands as their note taker. You can use your hand to highlight, cross, or just write like you would on a paper. Also this allows you to type like a regular keyboard. Finally we discussed the SurfaceRT itself. The SurfaceRT has great features, including acting like a regular PC and having the full Microsoft Office Suite installed. But the main downsides are the lack of apps (but they are coming) and also you are unable to install your own programs outside of the Windows App Store. The SurfaceRT currently runs for $350. For more information about the SurfaceRT and other great features head over to Microsoft’s SurfaceRT site.

We hope that we see you for our next meeting on Wednesday, April 9 2014 between 12:15-1:15. Remember the meetings are located in E319 on the NYC Campus and Miller 16 on the PLV Campus.

We hope to see you there!

 

CourseSmart and Our Final Fall 2013 Meeting

Yesterday was the last user group meeting of the semester.  We heard from two representatives from CourseSmart.  CourseSmart is an e-textbook and digital course material provider.  They have relationships with many of the major book publishers.  So one of the initial major benefits here is it allows students and faculty to utilize e-texts and go paperless which is always a good thing.

Another benefit is it allows for you to have the content at your fingertips essentially at anytime on your device(s).  The best part is you can even access items to review offline which is a real plus.  Their product is optimized for mobile viewing which is obviously the trend we are moving towards in higher education.  The features are really great and include such things as easy copy/paste to retain as notes, highlighting and making notes, bookmarking, as well as sharing notes to name a few.  There is also a full assortment of teacher material which you may recognize as “exam” copies.  And if they don’t have the book you want, let them know and they will try to acquire it.  They have various pricing models and are currently working with other University’s with a successful subscription based model.  They also have a new analytic tool which has promise.    Please check them out here:

http://www.coursesmart.com/

The integration with Blackboard is seamless and very easy which is vital in introducing a new tool since Blackboard is the lynchpin for many Professors, Students and their courses.  Please click on the link below for a demo with further information about CourseSmart, Blackboard integration, etc:

http://coursesmart.adobeconnect.com/p3g3qh5gta3/

Did I mention that they have 24/7/365 support?  This is a huge plus and something I see many users really taking advantage of.  And their customer support speed and efficiency is top notch: 98% of issues are resolved within 24 hours & 90% of issues are resolved during first contact.

Please check out the links above and feel free to contact us with any questions about CourseSmart; we can answer them or put you in touch with the representatives who can.

Since today was our last meeting of 2013 we just wanted to thank everyone for another great semester.  We hope this user group continues to grow and we hope the meetings were both informative and interesting.  If you have any ideas for future meetings please feel free to share them with us.  Be on the lookout for Spring 2014 dates for our meetings.

We wish you a Happy Holiday season and we will see you in 2014!

Apple Spotlight: The new iOS 7!

As you may have heard by now Apple has come out with a new and important update……Introducing the new iOS 7! Recently released back in September many iPhone and iPad users have decided to upgrade their OS to iOS7. Yes the reviews have been mixed but there is no doubt that there are many improvements over iOS6. Here is our guide to iOS7!

Design:

To the right is a picture of what iOS7 looks like. Have you noticed anything different? If you have great because there are major differences design wise. Things function the same way, but the design is much better. Like iOS6 the main apps will all have the same design which enables you to feel like everything is in sync. One major difference is the fact that when you open apps like Maps, Notes or Reminders you will see many differences in how the environment is. I for one think new users to iOS7 will enjoy the design aspect of it and upgrading users will slowly, but surely, adopt the new iOS as their own.

Functionality at it’s best!  

With the new iOS7 comes something people have been wanting for a long time….Multitasking! In the new iOS7 users can now move between apps more seamlessly by just double clicking your home button and swiping left or right. It is just that easy. No more having to start over your game or having to wait for your app to relaunch. Now by double clicking the app you want to re-open, it will automatically open where you left off.

Control Center

Another new and great feature is the improved control center.  No longer is it buried deep within your settings menu.  Now a simple swipe from the bottom of your device screen up reveals the easy to access and new and improved layout.

Coming Soon…

Not only is iOS 7 fast, but it’s sleek.  It will look even sleeker on the rumored new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2’s which should be announced at an Apple event on Tuesday October 22nd.  Stay tuned as Apple always has something great up its sleeve.

April 15th iPad User Group Meeting

Today we had three presentations during our second to last iPad meeting of the semester.  The first two were from Pace professors and the last was by a Pace student.  The two perspectives really helped tie some things together.  Lets review the two Professor presentations.  Our student presenter will be giving us a special guest writing piece later this week to share!

The first presentation was by Professor Matthew Bolton of the Political Science department on the NYC campus.  He discussed three distinct ways that he utilizes the iPad: For Model UN, in his online class, and in a research role.  As far as Model UN is concerned, the iPad really is an all inclusive device that allows for the Model UN group to have information at their fingertips at anytime to share on their website.  The website is a Word Press blog which has a great application on the iPad which allows for direct updates.  Word Press itself is a great tool that Pace does offer and this presentation brought that to the forefront for those who weren’t aware of it.  It’s a great tool that’s easy to use via your iPad.

As far as online courses and research go, Professor Bolton also touched on these two items.  He discussed the Blackboard app which is great for needing to access things in a pinch, but reiterated that it is not a direct replacement for Blackboard itself which is accessible via a Mac or PC.  It works for the little things, but there is definitely room for some improvement as with anything.  As far as research is concerned, he discussed actual conferences that he goes to and how the iPad works so well for that.  It not only eliminates the need to have numerous clunky devices on the go, but lets you jot down those hard to remember thoughts at that inconvenient time because you always have the iPad ready and waiting whether you are at a conference, riding the subway, etc.

The second presentation was by Professor Emily Welty of the Political Science department on the NYC campus.  She discussed a few apps that were related to data recording as well as presentations.  First, she discussed data recording and introduced us to two really interesting apps: Super Note and Quick Voice.  Both essentially allow for the recording of audio either for interviews, during class, you name it.  You can make notes, and then listen to the playbacks later on.  And the best part is it actually seems like interviewees or professors are “less” nervous when being recorded this way versus a traditional tape recorder and tape.  These apps are both great tools for students and faculty alike.

The second app that Professor Welty discussed was Haiku Deck.  It’s a free app and is an extremely interesting and unique way to present topics in class.  She mentioned that she was trying to move away from the traditional PowerPoint all the time and this is a really fun and unique alternative or supplemental tool.  Essentially Haiku Deck makes presentations “simple, beautiful, and fun” according to their website. The basic idea is to get rid of the standard presentations and get creative while also keeping it simple.  You take an idea, search for a picture (or use your own), choose a layout, and just like that, Haiku Deck has taken your presentation to a whole other level.  It is so unique and opens the doors for students to really become actively engaged in the topic and conversation as opposed to always staring at a wordy slideshow.  It’s quite the app and will take a little bit of getting used to, but is definitely worth trying out in your classroom or even at a meeting for brainstorming!

Our third presenter was a student, Heather, from Dr. Jane Collins (ENG PLV) iPad course.  She will be submitting a write up to share later this week sharing a student perspective on how vital the iPad has been in her time here at Pace, so be on the look out for it.

Our next, and last, meeting this semester is on Wednesday May 1st, 2013 @ 11:15am in Miller 16 and E319.  See you then!

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!

8 Steps to edit your ePortfolio on the go!

By Samantha Egan

Editing Your ePortfolio On-the-Go:
How to Add Content From Your iPad and iPhone!

 

Who isn’t “on-the-go” these days? Make the most of your downtime on the train, plane or wherever your busy day takes you, to update your ePortfolio (step away from the Angry Birds, please)!

Editing on the iPad:

Step 1: Log in to ePortfolio
Step 2: Exit Safari, and go to “Settings”
Step 3: On the Menu bar click Safari and turn OFF JavaScript
Step 4: Exit Settings
Step 5: Go back to Safari
Step 6: When you are back onto ePortfolio click “edit this page”
Step 7: There will be radio buttons that allow you to click and then click an empty bar to place it in that area
Step 8: For editing, just click “Edit” or if you would like to move any section, use the arrow keys located right next to the heading of each section

While you do not have all of the editing options on the iPad that you would on a laptop or computer, these steps make it possible to upload your files to your profile page.

Uploading Images From The iPhone

Did you just snap a great photo from your iPhone that would look great on one of your pages? Waste no time in getting it up there with PortfolioUP- a free application to upload images.  Images are loaded directly from the smart phone to the “My Files” section of your ePortfolio.

Be sure to have your iPhone updated to iOS 4.3 before you download the application.

Step 1: Download “PortfolioUP” from your device’s app store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/portfolioup!/id398444044

Step 2: Go to “authentication settings” to add details like your Mahara URL, username, and password.  Click “save” (you will only need to do this one time)
Step 3: Take a photo, or choose one from the images on the phone
Step 4: Review the photo in preview
Step 5: Input image title and description
Step 6: Click upload

Step 7: Click OK
Step 8: Now acquire another image!

 

iPad Meeting April 11, 2012

Hello again iPad users! We just had our second to last iPad meeting (How quickly the semester flew!!) and it was a meeting that you didn’t want to miss. In this meeting we discussed many things from the latest cool app to even studying at Yale or an easier way to follow the ongoing election process! You are going to have to read some more to find out how to do that.

First Professor Nancie Taylor from Pleasantville discussed how she uses the iPad in the classroom and how other professors can as well. First she discussed how students can use different apps to hold their information.  The first app was the popular app called Dropbox, which is cloud storage (FREE) that allows students to save files through the internet instead of carrying around a Flash Drive.  These files are then accessible anywhere with an internet connection.  Also there was an app that allows students to access lectures from Yale and even Princeton! If you want to see what the classes are like at these schools you might want to check them out and this is available any day at any time! (Please contact Professor Taylor for the exact name of the app).  The last app talked about was Mobilecho. This app allows for easy & safe file sharing between a group of people in an organization. And the best thing about all these apps is that they are ALL FREE! You can contact Professor Nancie Taylor (ntaylor@pace.edu) for more information about these apps!

 

Our second presenter at the meeting was Dr. Christopher Malone who works in the Political Science department on the NYC campus. Have you ever wanted to follow the election in the easiest possible way? Well there are and here are some great apps that he talked about. One app that can be very useful to students is Election 2012 which only costs $1.99. In this app, students are given a visual representation of the elections and how each state voted. This shows if New York went Republican or stayed Democratic or if you want to find out how much each state is worth. Also the one great thing about this app is that it keeps a historical data which gives users access to older elections and this gives users a great visual on how the USA has changed when voting over the years. Also Dr. Malone talked about some great free apps that gives users the edge in regards to the election. One that was mentioned was the Washington Post which posts news articles about the election. Another app was called Twatcher 2012  Elections which follows ALL the tweets of the current candidates! Again, the best thing about the latter 2 apps is that they are free!

 

Finally, even though Dr. Barry Morris could not make it, he recommend a great free app called Skitch. What this app does is allows students and professors to take a screenshot of a webpage and to annotate on the page! You can underline, change colors or even draw arrows to a specific place on the page so for all the professors out there that have an iPad you can easily show students what you are talking about.

 

 

 

Our last meeting for the semester will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 3:30 in the PLV & NYC videoconferencing rooms. We hope to see you there.

Storify iPad Application- Digital Storytelling on the go

By Megan Burke

I am delighted to report that now you can create digital stories on your iPad!  Storify gives you the ability to drag media from networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google onto your own Storify blog with the touch of a finger.  Storify is a digital storytelling tool which allows users to create a story using social media.  Students can showcase their own social networking tweets and posts all on one page, or create stories using key points from public tweets and posts.  As you thread elements from all over the Web into a story, you can type in your own comments to voice your opinions.  You can even tweet from within the Storify application to participate in the conversation.  Combining elements from these different sites makes for an informative, innovative story.  As long as your iTunes is updated, you are ready to begin blogging on your iPad! 

 


Once you publish your story, you can embed it in ePortfolio to show off your new digital story.  To get the application on your iPad, search for “Storify” in the app store, install the application, and begin creating digital stories by browsing through social media posts.  Digital storytelling is now at your fingertips- so reach out and touch social media to create something fascinating!  Click here to download Storify for the iPad from the App Store!

 

The “New” iPad

A few good articles about the “New” iPad.

FAQ:

http://www.macworld.com/article/1165778/third_generation_ipad_what_you_need_to_know.html#lsrc.twt_macworld

The face lift of the new iPad and the apps that look the best on it:

http://gizmodo.com/5893889/all-the-ipad-apps-updated-for-the-new-ipads-retina-display

3 Reasons You’ll Buy the New iPad:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/03/21/3-reasons-youll-buy-the-new-ipad-that-everybody-h/