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!

 

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!

 

February 7th, 2012 iPad Meeting

Hello iPad Users!!  We had our first iPad meeting of the semester on February 7th via the Pace videoconferencing system between PLV and NYC.  It was a very good session and here are some of the highlights:

John Ceballos from Educational Media NYC shared his iPad experiences with us and also recommended many different useful educational apps.  Here is a link & recap of his specific presentation and how to access future recordings:

Here is the Echo360 link to today’s meeting

If you would like to add it as a podcast to your iPad or iPhone, simply follow these directions.

1. Open iTunes on PC or Mac

2. Under the Advanced tab select “subscribe to podcast”

3. Copy and past this link into the URL.  http://echoess.dmz.pace.edu:8080/ess/feed?id=67fa3278-8c05-468d-b72a-ce53b0546b50&type=M4V

4. You will now be subscribed to past and future podcast and can sync them to your iPad.

Michelle Pulaski-Behling also shared what she is currently doing in her media and politics class here at Pace.  Her students have the privilege of using iPads during each class to research and keep up with the newest trends in the country and world.  Michelle pre-loaded many useful apps that the students refer to during their class sessions.

We are working very closely with her (and Apple) to come up with the easiest way to keep these “shared”  iPads organized and easy to sync because as you can tell, the engaging type of learning that iPads enable has been a success thus far not only in her class, but others as well here at Pace.  Furthermore, it is a very exciting way to learn at any level of your educational career.

Our next meeting (March 21st, 2012 @ 11:15am) will include reps from Apple, so we can ask some more in depth/specific questions and see what they have brewing.  Rumor has it the iPad 3 is being released in March.  Stay tuned!!

 

So Much in 8×10

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.

Sent from my iPad

This Unique Device

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!

Sent from my iPad

Seeing the Light

 

 

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

12/14 iPad meeting highlights

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.

Making Connections

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.

Sent from my iPad

 

Love those Apple Products

 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 iPad meting Recap

Hello All,

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.