Mobile Devices in the Classroom
The recent explosion of mobile devices provides the potential for faculty and students to explore unique new ways of learning. This past summer, Academic Technologies began an informal evaluation of mobile devices for instruction by experimenting with the new iPad2. We are interested in how these devices are being used in teaching and learning. If you have any thoughts or opinions on the topic, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in exploring the iPad2, please visit us in Harder 110 where you can experiment with the iPad2 first hand.
One application that caught my eye early on is a presentation app named Doceri. It can turn the iPad2 into an interactive whiteboard. If you would like to see a demo of this or any other available app, please contact Ben Harwood. Additionally, there are three iPad2 loaner kits that can be checked out by faculty for up to two weeks. Each kit comes with an iPad2, keyboard, and necessary adapters. Many apps are available at not cost but others require a fee before they can be downloaded from iTunes. If you decide to purchase and install apps on the loaner, it’s important to remember that you will need to create your own iTunes account. Many apps are available at no cost, so it pays to shop around for the best one that might also be free!
If you’ve already purchased an iPad2, we welcome the opportunity to partner and learn from you. You can learn more about Apple’s Education apps at: http://www.apple.com/ipad/from-the-app-store/education.html
Ben Harwood - Instructional Technologist