iPad Meeting Highlights

Here are some highlights from the iPad  meeting which took place this month.

iPad 2.0

The new iPad was released March 11, 2011. Here’s how it compares to version 1:

  • 33% thinner, and slightly lighter than the iPad 1
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Resolution is the same as the first one
  • Equipped with HD video
  • Faster and “snappier” than the original iPad
  • More sensitive to rotation
  • Upgrading to the radio feature will allow for a better signal Continue reading

iPad integration in Biology Department laboratory courses

The Biology and Health Sciences Department at Pleasantville has been exploring ways to integrate iPad applications in the Biology laboratories in order to replace obsolete technologies and provide up to date interactive laboratory modules. Some of the programs that have been tested by Professors Krucher and Wier include Molecules and iProtein. Both programs allow the students to better explore the chemical and biological properties of cellular components that are being taught in Biology 101 laboratory modules.

In Biology 335, Cell Biology (Professor Krucher), as well as Biology 480, Research in Biology (Professors Krucher, Horne and Wier), a number of applications have been of great use. Some of these applications include:

iPathways– Allows for viewing cellular pathways with links to genes of interest and publications

Papers-One of the better resources to searching the primary literature with the ability to link and download research articles

Filterstorm2-An image processing program that is easy to use for editing data figures or preparing images for presentations. This program used in conjunction with Dropbox allowed for students to quickly transfer images taken in lab, upload them and then edit them on iPad or their iPhones. Below are a couple examples of figure made with Filterstorm:

February iPad Group Meeting

Below you will find some of the highlights from our February iPad meeting. We were so pleased to have Professor Elizabeth Berro and Professor Barry Morris as faculty presenters. They shared the many exciting ways in which they have used the iPad to enhance their courses. Chris Levy of ITS, presented the topic of Dropbox–iWorks integration.

Professor Berro’s experiences:

Professor Berro applied for a grant which allowed 20 of her students to receive iPads. The iPads are used to support interactive learning in the classroom.
Some of Professor Berro’s goals include :

  • entirely eliminating PowerPoint presentations
  • minimizing lecture time
  • enhancing group activities

iPad Application in NUR 422:

Apps Used:

  • Epocrates: reference for drug interactions
    • In-class application: research various drug interactions
  • Board Game Tools: timer, scorecard, dice
    • In-class application: used for in-class quizzes and exercises

Professor Berro collaborated with textbook editors to make the course textbooks available in ebook format.

  • In-class application: Students easily flip through the ebooks to look at diagrams and other important information. Continue reading

From Big Papi to Hannah Storm: Using the iPad in a Sports Media Course

I was very excited to use the iPad with my students for the first time in my Sports Media course. Last week I sent the iPad around to each of my 20 students.  I worked with a few of them on navigation, but most students were able to use the iPad with no direction, commenting that “it’s just a giant iPhone!” Continue reading