iPad in the classroom: New technology meets old challenges

iPad in classroomA growing number of universities and colleges embrace the iPad as a teaching and learning tool inside and outside the classroom by outfitting every student and faculty member with an iPad. What are the results, and what are the challenges? Won’t students be on facebook instead of following the lecture?

My university doesn’t have an “iPad for everyone” programme (yet?), but I stumbled over a document produced by Seton Hill University today. Seton Hill was one of the first universities to embrace the iPad, so there is something to learn from their past experience. This brochure describes how the iPad transformed learning at SHU.

What I found interesting going through this document was that it is not enough just to throw an iPad into every students’ starter kit. In order to fully take advantage of the iPad for teaching and learning, it is important to rethink the infrastructure, curriculum, and training for students and professors alike. [Read more…]

Connect your thoughts with popplet

I think popplet was the first app I downloaded on my iPad. It did not disappoint, so it is only fair enough that it is also the first app I am blogging about. Having said this, I am nevertheless more excited about what this app might be able to do in future than it is able to do now. Popplet is – in a nutshell – all about conceptualizing your thoughts. In contrast to do this through a notebook or mind mapping app (more about this later), the good thing about popplet is that it gives you a reasonable degree of freedom in putting your thoughts down. You start with a blank canvas and an empty popplet (a rectangular box) in the center. From there, you add text, pictures, and free drawings to the box. You can also decide to change the size or the color of the popplet. And, of course, you can connect your popplets with one another. [Read more…]