I Love This iPad

By: Allie Olender

  I love this iPad. It’s compact and easy to carry around. It’s both fun and functional. It’s almost perfect.

  It has become my best friend before I go to sleep. My roommate goes to sleep much earlier than I do some nights and I’m a movie junkie. I always feel awkward leaving the television on when she’s trying to sleep, so instead, I just whip out my iPad now and watch something on Netflix or a movie I’ve bought on iTunes with my earbuds in.

  It’s also become incredibly helpful with my schoolwork and emails. I’m a part of a sorority and also involved on campus in many other organizations, so being able to send out a quick email and access all of my old emails is a great thing for me. I used to use my blackberry, but sometimes that’s much harder for me to look back on who I have received emails from in the past. The iPad lets me see everything I need to.

  In other classes, I’ve downloaded the Blackboard for iPad app and that has helped me view all of my notes and power point presentations on my iPad as the professor is going over them. It’s really helped me stay on top of my homework and projects in all my classes.

  If I were to pick out some negative things about my iPad I could probably only think of a few (I mean, it’s an iPad, not too much to complain about). The major issue I have is typing. The number of times I’ve had to erase what I’ve written and rewrite it while writing this is ridiculous. I have trouble hitting the keys without accidentally hitting the one next to it. I’ve been told it gets much easier with practice, so I suppose practice I must.

Sent from my iPad

It’s Easy

By: Christine Lander

Using the iPad in the classroom has been very helpful. I like that we can all post our stories online and view them on our iPads in class. It is much easier than bringing in laptops because the iPad is so light and easy to carry around. The iPad actually really helped me in another class other than the one the iPad has been given to us for. In my other class, my professor had posted homework but it would not come up on my computer. I was relieved when I tried to open the homework on my iPad and saw that it came up. I was able to do the assignment because of my iPad. I have also been helped by my iPad because I have been able to begin typing assignments on it when I am not near a computer. If I wish to finish the assignment on a computer, I can simply email it to myself from my iPad and continue working on it on a computer.
I used to think that I wouldn’t want to use an electronic device at all times in the classroom. However, after using the iPad in English class and using it for other assignments, I see that it is very helpful. I could see myself using only an iPad. It may take some getting used to, but in a short time I think it would prove to be very helpful. Having textbooks on the iPad would save you from having to carry heavy textbooks around. I also think it would prevent students from forgetting to bring their books to class; they would only need to remember to bring their iPads. I have not taken notes in class on my iPad, but I would like to try it. I believe there are styluses that allow you to write directly on the iPad screen in certain applications. This is something I would consider because if you need to draw a picture or diagram in your notes, you could easily do so with a stylus. However, when only text is needed in your notes, typing works very well also.
I have been very satisfied with using the iPad in the classroom and with using it to complete various assignments. I will be sad to part with it at the end of the semester, but I am enjoying my time using it while it lasts. I would recommend that the iPad be used in other classes as well in order to assist students in their classes and give them a new experience in the classroom.

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How a Light, Little Device Transformed the Writing Workshop

By Dr. Jane Collins

My iPad has become a part of my daily experience.  It is so light that I bring it with me just about everywhere.  I read books on it (although I admit that I prefer to read books on my Kindle; and I will admit that I prefer to read books on my Kindle than to read a book made of paper); I read the newspaper on my iPad; I do crossword puzzles on my iPad; I send emails to my students on it; I check their online work on it; I play Scrabble with people I’ve never met on it; I use it as a meditation timer; and my niece loves to draw pictures on it.  The iPad is truly a full-service device, a lifestyle device.   It serves up media, communication, education, fun, and pleasure in a physically manageable package that does not get in the way of human interaction.  This comfort level, this feeling of connection to the device, is important for understanding how the iPad works in the classroom.  It is pretty hard to find a student who will declare, “I love my textbook.”  However, quite a few of my students have told me “I love my iPad” and I know just how they feel.  This semester, Dyson College supported a pilot project with my ENG 308 Fiction Writing Workshop.  Each student has an iPad for the semester to use for the class and also in any other way that they like.

When I first held my iPad, I thought, “This will change how computers work in the classroom.”  I’ve been using laptops in my creative writing classes for several years now.  Most of my students have one, so I have asked them to bring them to class and we use them to workshop student writing, with everyone looking at the same document and then giving feedback on it.  When all students have not had a laptop, I’ve used the classroom computer and projector to project the student writing onto the screen at the front of the room.  Each of these methods of looking at student writing seemed to create distance between the students in the classroom.  Laptops in the classroom created a kind of physical division, with the upraised screen creating a kind of wall that protects but also isolates the student behind it.  Projecting student work on the board creates a different kind of division between students.  The writing became more impersonal, almost like looking at a bug under a microscope, magnified many times, with all students staring at the giant words floating across the screen.  We were no longer looking at each other or the writer; our focus was the screen.

Enter the iPad.  It lies on your desk not much bigger than a piece of paper; you hold it in your hand like a mid-sized notebook (not the computer kind!); you can make eye contact; you have no wall in front of you; you can read, write, talk, surf and interact with people with it in your hands.  When we workshop using iPads, we write directly into an app that then emails our comments to the student we are workshopping.  The technology creates a more human and more humane experience in the writing workshop.  We use the iPads every class and at the end of each class, as I slide my little iPad into my backpack, I think, “Yep. This is the way a writing workshop is supposed to work.”

My students in ENG 308 Fiction Writing have agreed to share their ideas and feelings about their iPad experience in this pilot project sponsored by Dyson College.

**Posts written by Dr. Collins’ students will appear in the coming weeks.

Welcome Back iPad Users!!!!

Good Morning all and welcome back to school.  We have another exciting school year ahead of us and we hope you are ready to discuss more iPad related topics.  To start the school year off we have our iPad meetings, the dates are listed below.

10/12, 12:00-1:00: iPad Beginner’s Session

10/25, 3:45-4:45: User Group Meeting

11/29, 3:45-4:45: User Group Meeting

12/14, 12:00-1:00: User Group Meeting

All meetings will be held in Miller 16 in PLV and Civic E 319 in NYC, this year we will be video conferencing between campuses.  We hope to see you at every meeting.

iPad Meeting Highlights #4

The final iPad meeting for the Spring 2011 semester provided attendees with a fore gleam of the future use of iPads at Pace University. While previous iPad meetings focused on interesting apps and in-class iPad experiences, our final meeting examined app development at Pace University. In lieu of feverishly searching through the App store hoping to find apps that could benefit our students, some members of the Pace community have started the process of developing apps which will specifically address the needs of our community.

Dr. Jonathan Hill, Assistant Dean in Seidenberg School of CSIS, opened the discussion by mentioning the new buzz term SoLoMo, which stands for social, local and mobile. SoLoMo essentially describes the use of mobile devices as a gateway for information that is pushed down to users on their local devices. The term also covers the ability to interact socially on  these devices through Web 2.0 platforms. Dr. Hill also encouraged attendees to consider mobile technologies as a whole instead of focusing solely on the iPad and iPhone.

Jeremy Pease, Anthony Perrone and Paat Sinsuwan are three programming students from Seidenberg who have been working on developing apps for Pace University. The students described the difficulty involved in learning the iOS. Dr. Kline, an Associate Professor in  Seidenberg, chimed in by explaining that “students are not used to managing memory through programming”, a factor which happens to be an important part of app development. A programmer must ensure that an app doesn’t use up all of the memory because it can cause the device to crash. Challenging themselves to learn how to program in unfamiliar territory has not caused these students to shy away from their iPad app projects.

Paat Sinsuwan is working on a app which will allow students to rate their courses and course textbooks. Through this app  students should be able to easily view their requirements worksheet to see which courses they have taken as well as all  available course options. A student’s personal interests will be used to suggest appropriate course electives.

Jeremy Pease and Anthony Perrone have been working hard at converting the Pace events page into a user friendly application. When their application is finalized, users should be able to search for  active university events by campus.

Dr. Phil Greiner, Associate Dean for Faculty Development  in Leinhard School of Nursing, described the useful app being developed for nursing students. The app will provide nursing students with access to industry standard instruments, which they can use while assessing geriatric patients. As shown through the prototype, the app  will feature buttons that will be large enough to allow patients to comfortably work through specific assessments. Nursing students will be able to email assessment results directly to their advisors without revealing the patient’s name. Dr. Greiner also explained the obstacles involved in trying to customize specific instruments for the iPad. We were able to view the mobile site which features the assessments the nursing students will soon have access to through the iPad.

Professor Emilie Zaslow, a Dyson instructor in Communication Studies, shared her in-class iPad experience. Six iPads were made available to her class of 30 students for the course Gender & Media. The ratio of students to iPads presented the first challenge as 5 students hovered over a single iPad.  In one assignment, the students watched an episode of Gidget to analyze the ways in which feminism was constructed then they used the storyboard app to develop updated constructions. In a second assignment each student had an opportunity to take the iPad home  for a visual learning assignment. The students were able to use  Moxier  Collage to create a visual collage for their final paper.

Alexander Weisman of ITS, demonstrated the power of GoodReader and Dropbox through his step by step tutorial. We learned about the integration of  these two apps, which will make it easier for iPad users to edit documents and make them public through their mobile devices.

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Thank you for joining us during the Spring 2011 semester as we learned about the power of ubiquitous computing through iPads.

April iPad Meeting Highlights

If you’ve heard the buzz around campus about the April iPad meetings, this post will provide you with the meeting highlights.

Three Apple representatives visited the New York City and Pleasantville campuses with ideas on classroom integration of the iPad. They also arrived with iPads loaded with interesting apps for us to use during their presentation. They wowed us with apps we had never used and they provided us with concrete suggestions on how to create and distribute personalized course material using the iPad.

Over the years you have likely used several textbooks from various publishers, but you may not have found books that offer everything you wish to present to your students.  Electronic publishing, or ePub as it is commonly called, will allow you to author your own content and include rich media like pictures, videos and podcasts. You can use Pages and other iPad resources to begin creating your own documents on the iPad. You can even sell your electronic publication on ITunes!

During our session we also examined iPad apps like Inkling, which will allow students to buy an entire ebook or purchase specific chapters from the textbook. Imagine assigning different chapters from different textbooks without having to ask students to buy several complete textbooks.

Although it has not been on the market very long, the iPad has already helped to make the idea  of ubiquitous computing a realization for countless people.

How would you use the iPad in your classroom?

Please feel free to attend the next exciting iPad meeting during the month of May.

Technique of Fiction Writing App

The Technique Of Fiction Writing app is a helpful and useful app for creative writing. This application has features such as:

  • Zoom
  • Auto-Scroll
  • Magnify
  • Page back and forward controls
  • Table Contents
  • Bookmarking- Each time you leave the app it automatically holds the spot where you left off.

If you are interested in taking your writing skills to a higher level, take advantage of the topics that this app will cover.

Topics include:

  • Speech
  • Portrayal of Character
  • Atmosphere
  • The Short Story
  • The Novel
  • Description
  • Executive Technique of Narration

The cost for this application is $1.99

Have you thought of ways you can become a better creative writer?

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December iPad User Meeting Dates

As promised, we will be holding two user meetings this December, one on each campus. We will be joined by members of ITS and Ed. Media, as well as an Apple rep, who will be able to give everyone great information on continuing to use their iPad in the classroom. Also, please feel free to bring along your iPad and share with the group what you have been doing so far!

The dates and times are as follows:

NYC: December 6th 10:00 – 12:00 in Student Union, Meeting Room A.

PLV: December 7th 3:00 – 4:30 in Wilcox, Room 21.