September 18, 2012 iPad Meeting

Hello iPad users! We are back in the thick of things and it’s starting to get really exciting. If you missed our last iPad meeting, fear not as we have a recap of what we discussed.

We first received a demonstration of the new Pace University app which was described in our last post; please read it for all the latest news on Pace’s new app.

Our guest presenters discussion began with an introduction to an app called Nearpod. There are two versions: one for a teacher and one for a student and both are free. This app is great for instructors who want to find a way to integrate iPads in the classroom. Nearpod takes any lectures or slideshows you might want to show your class and shows them synchronously on the iPad. The great thing about that is you have total control over the presentation on not only your iPad, but the students as well; so you are notified if they “leave” the presentation.

How do professors get started? You can create a free account at the Nearpod website. Once you do that you can download the free app via the app store. After that you can sign into your account through the app. Then that is where all the fun begins as you start to create your lecture slides. You can even interact with students by putting some response questions or even some quizzes. Now you can really know if they are really paying attention.

Each time that a Nearpod presentation is launched a new PIN is generated. The PIN can be located on the Nearpod Teacher app, at the very top of the screen. This PIN is distributed to all of the students who will be participating in the presentation, and those students enter the PIN into the Nearpod Student app to interact with and view the presentation.

Another great feature for professors is to monitor their students. You can take attendance and see who stays throughout the entire lecture and who has left as well. This will make it a lot easier for professors to track who is participating in class.

Lastly, a bit of exciting news was released regarding the new iPad Cart that is now available on the Pleasantville Campus for Professors to use. Up to 30 iPads are now available for professors to use during classes!  You can submit your order for it through the Ed Media classroom order form on the Pace Help Desk system.

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 23 2012 from 3:30-4:30! All meetings will be held via video conference  in Miller 16 in PLV and Civic E 319 in NYC. Be there or be iPad less!

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