Even though all students in this graduate class received iPads, they still have their laptops open during class with iPads sitting on the side. Is it a typing issue? We were adding to a padlet. Is it a productivity issue? Having access to files on the computer. Or do they use the iPad for certain activities and the laptop for others? Some are switching back & forth between iPads & laptops — so are we making it easier for them OR more confusing?
Really interested in hearing about projects and apps with other project faculty. One thing surprising me is how many apps students are already using.
Looking for best way to keep record of the apps and usage students share beginning of class. I don’t want to miss capturing these finds!
I thought I’d pass along a note that I received from a student regarding the use of the iPad in the Creative Writing classroom. I have taught this young man a handful of times, and he was one of the students who I thought might have difficulty adopting the technology. He’s from rural Oregon, and always writes the drafts of his stories (most of which are somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 words long) in spiral-bound notebooks, with a pencil. I’ve never seen him carry a computer.
It’s taken some time, but he seems to have really found the technology useful. I’ve posted his recent note to me below:
“One of the things that I’ve liked the most is the ability to organize every document in the course through the iPad. Given that I normally take notes by hand, the sheer number of pages we handle– especially in a workshop-style class, when we’re churning out so much writing every week — can become overwhelming as the semester progresses. Combine that with reading assignments for published fiction / nonfiction pieces that can easily be 10 + pages, and it makes for a pretty messy binder.
It’s been a very exciting opportunity to incorporate some activities into the classroom via the iPad mobile learning device. As soon as we received the iPads, students were working together to present their group project by designing visual representations on the iPad and emailing them to me so that I could show the class their work on the big screen while they described their group projects. We have also used the iPad notepad and pages to do warm-up activities where they respond to one or two questions related to the upcoming class project. They instantly are able to “share” these with me so that I can review them and provide them with feedback on each during the course of the class. We regularly use the Blackboard app to access their insight blogs and online journals. I have also been able to hyperlink all of the articles and make it accessible to them both when their doing their readings at home, but even in class when they need to pull up an article. We have used the iPad to pull up lesson plans and reading activities, and the best part is that I don’t need to make copies – students instantly have access. Lastly, I have had the opportunity to provide links to additional articles, slideshares, videos for collaborative projects in the classroom based on the reading they did at home. I simple put these in a word document with the hyperlinks and send them to my students before class. They pull it up on their iPads and are ready to engage in in-class activities. Recently, we explored through the theme of technology in education, “second life,” “twitter,” “eblogger,” and “edmodo.”
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