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iPad for Academics

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Louisa Burnham (History), Joe Antonioli (LIS) and Shel Sax (CTLR) shared their experiences with the iPad Wednesday afternoon during a brown-bag lunch presentation and discussion  in Lib 105. They focused mostly on teaching and research, but questions from a very-interested audience reflected both academic and extra-curricular interests (where do YOU go for recipes?).

Here’s what Louisa, Joe and Shel told us about the iPad:

Louisa Burnham (History)

Louisa purchased her iPad mostly for travel during the summer, but she continues to use it now.  She has been pleased overall, but she still needs a regular computer, eg to prepare a manuscript.  During her presentation, Louisa highlighted the 2 apps below, but she has found many other useful research apps (dictionaries, ebook readers, etc.).

iAnnotate PDF

  • Annotation of articles, grading of papers.
  • Circle, highlight, write with finger or stylus, type into a post-it style box.
  • For grading – students can email the paper, and when she’s done annotating she can email it back.
  • Louisa also uses Dropbox, a cloud-based app (there’s also an iPad app). Put a Dropbox folder on your computer, and the contents will be synced with your Dropbox folder/s elsewhere. FYI, Dropbox folders can be shared among users.
  • Louisa uses a wifi connection only (didn’t pay for 3G access).
  • Purchased bluetooth keyboard but has found that touch keyboard is usable.

DocsToGo

  • Import, view, edit, create: .doc, .docx, .ppt, PDF, etc.
  • Can’t edit or create footnotes. Still, better than Pages (Mac word processing program, which strips footnotes and diacritics altogether).
  • Also just started using 2Screens for presentations.  It allows live on-screen annotation

Joe Antonioli (LIS)

Some reasons why Joe likes the iPad:

  • iPad turns on and off quickly.
  • Can connect to Exchange, Google calendar.

Joe’s favs include: Stargazer, Flipboard (displays web pages differently, eg as a book).

Next iPad will have a camera

Shel Sax (CTLR)

Fav Apps: forscore (scans and displays music), eclicker.

Additional Notes

Students and others on campus will use devices other than the iPad/iPod/iPhone.  For example Android, Blackberry.  We should be thinking about all mobile devices.

The iPad is a new and emerging technology and currently, LIS and other College budgets are unable to support institutional purchases of iPads.

Question: Which format would Louisa prefer for a book (eg a novel), print or ebook? Answer: Print.

Note for projection in classrooms: It’s app-specific (ie, some apps will project and others will not).

How to find apps: Google, NITLE, iTunes store.

To Come

Another presentation in a few months? Sure.

iPad user group? Sure.


Stories from the Pedagogy and Technology Fair

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Even if you weren’t able to make it to the 2nd annual Pedagogy and Technology Fair earlier this month, you still can see some of the presenters online.  We’re adding many of their stories to our Teaching with Technology blog.  Learn about clickers, Wikipedia, the campus tree map and more (to come!).

TODAY: Pedagogy and Technology Fair

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The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is pleased to begin this year’s Summer Pedagogy Series with a Pedagogy and Technology Fair this morning, Wednesday, May 26th, 10 am – 12 noon, in the Great Hall of McCardell Bicentennial Hall. We invite you to join colleagues at a poster/presentation session as they share their stories and insights about effective and innovative uses of technology. Coffee and pastries will be provided. This fair is co-sponsored by the CTLR and Library and Information Services.

Presenters: Holly Allen, Tom Beyer, Jeff Byers, Bryan Carson, Catherine Combelles, Enrique Garcia, Jeff Howarth, Matt Landis, Tom and Pat Manley, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Tim Parsons, Hope Tucker, Andy Wentink, Sasha Woolson.

The entire 2010 Summer Pedagogy Series schedule may be found online at 2010 Pedagogy Series.

Middlebury Trailrunner

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I’ve just posted a case study to the Teaching with Technology blog.  Jeff Byers, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, created his Middlebury Trailrunner blog as a community resource for like-minded runners.  Running is just a hobby for Jeff, but the technology behind the project has potential curricular applications from biology to environmental studies to writing, and even perhaps to art(!).  Read more.