I purchased my iPad during my first few weeks at university as I saw a lot of people using them during lectures and seminars so I thought an Ipad would also be useful at enhancing my experience at university.
I didn’t use many apps but here are a list of apps I used and what I used them for:
Pages – this is a really great app. It’s basically like Microsoft Word where you can create, edit, documents. I still use this app to type up my lecture notes and do any research to share with the rest of the class. Here is an example of me using this app for my studies:
As you can see from this photo you can change the font, colour of text, underline, bold etc etc just like you can in microsoft word, it’s very east to use and I would recommend it to any student.
Safari/google chrome - Safari comes with the Ipad initially, chrome doesn’t. I use these apps a lot in order to quickly look up something, access my lecture/seminar slides which then allows me to go through them at my own pace.
Calendar – This again comes with the Ipad. It doesn’t sound very amazing but it helps to organise myself. It updates me on any meetings i have, i can set reminders about work deadlines etc. It’s just a great organiser.
I also use my Ipad for social reasons such as Twitter/Facebook and emailing in order to keep in contact with friends and tutors at university.
I have found the Ipad incredibly useful. It is so quick and efficient, I carry it everywhere with me and I would be completely lost without it! Before I started this project I didn’t really know the extent to which the Ipad can enhance learning for students and teachers, I keep learning about new apps and it really is amazing the potential and Ipad has for students and teachers. Here are some apps that I think are particularly useful for students/teachers:
This is called ‘Socrative’ and it really is an amazing app. Teachers can log on to this app and create multiple choice questions, quizes, short answer questions and then students will have to enter the room number for the test that the teacher has set up and then they will be able to have a go at answering. This is great for instant feedback to see whether students understand the work that has been covered and its just a really fun and interactive way of enhancing learning within the classroom. No one likes to just sit and listen to a tutor for a long time, having to engage in something always helps to enhance ones learning. I therefore rate this my number 1 app for students and teachers!
This is ‘eClicker’ it is much like Socrative. eClicker is a personal response system that allows teachers to poll their class during a lesson. It provides teachers with the real-time feedback they need to be sure their messages are being received. Developed for smartphones and laptops, eClicker leverages the hardware already in the hands of many students providing a low cost polling solution for the classroom.
This is ‘skitch’. It’s a very good app for annotating presentations, posters, notes and whatever you like. Here is a youtube video which shows skitch in use:
I think it is important to show other students how they can make the most out of their Ipad – there is much more to it than just playing games! I personally think Ipads are a great way to interact with students, I think it would bring a bit more excitement to learning.
The iPad project has had two pieces of good news this week. Firstly, myself and two tutors from Initial Teacher Education Anita Backhouse and Ian Wilson have had a research paper accepted for the annual International TEPE (Teacher Education Policy in Europe) conference in Helsinki.
“The Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) is an academic network that builds on the work and community from the previous European collaborative projects in the field of teacher education policy such TNTEE and EUDORA. The annual conference brings together educational researchers, policy makers, teachers and practitioners from Europe and beyond.
The theme of the 2013 TEPE Conference is Learning Spaces with Technology in Teaching and Teacher Education.” 
Our paper titled ‘’Enhancing the formative assessment environment through the use of mobile technologies” looks at the work being done with the second year ITE students. It focusses on two key research questions:
Can mobile technologies support the development of effective assessment and feedback?
Can these assessment and feedback skills developed in a supported environment impact on students’ reflections on their own classroom practice?
We our currently in the process of writing up the findings and we will make it available on the blog once complete.
Finally, as you can see from the image in the right hand side of the blog we were successfully selected to appear on the list of Tremendous Thesis and Dissertation Resources on Online PhD Program website.
TED brings together talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. TED is devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’.
As well as informative, inspiring and fascinating presentations there is also a new beta section called TED Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing, which aims to bring together carefully curated educational videos.
I asked the Technology Enhanced Learning team to select their favourite TED videos for sharing in the post, and this is what they have chosen:
Phil – William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind
Daniel – Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral
Mark – Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense
During the past week I have being preparing for future iPad sessions with the students and tutors from Initial Teacher Education. This has involved looking at Socrative as an alternative application to e-Clicker for providing instant feedback on formative assessment activities (student led teaching sessions and assemblies).
I have been really impressed with Socrative’s ease of use. It has so much potential for use at YSJU, that’s why it’s this week’s ‘App of the Week’.
What is it?
Socrative is a student response system/quiz engine that runs on multiple devices; smartphones, tablets and laptops. It’s a great tool for encouraging student participation in lectures and for the moment of need formative assessment opportunities.
Similar to e-Clicker, Socrative has two apps – one for the teacher (to create the questions/quizzes) and one for the student (to respond to the questions).
What does it do?
Socrative enables tutors to deploy real time quizzes and questions in lecture theaters and classrooms. Tutors are able to create multiple choice, true/false and short open ended questions.
Once a quiz is complete the tutor can access and export a report of the results. The video below explain how Socrative works:
How can I use it in my teaching?
Why not take advantage of the technology student’s are bringing with them into the classroom. Socrative can be used in a number of ways, for example:
For formative assessment and peer feedback
To assess/reinforce learning and understanding
To gather opinions and instant feedback
How much does it cost?
Socrative is a free app available on both iOS and Android devices. It can be downloaded from the following online stores:
The iPad project team received some good news this week. The York St John University iPad project blog has been nominated as to be on a list of Tremendous Thesis and Dissertation Resources that will be published soon on OnlinePhDProgram.org.
Here’s a copy of the email we received:
“I’m writing to share the news that iPad Project Blog has been nominated to be on a list of Tremendous Thesis and Dissertation Resources that will be published soon on OnlinePhDProgram.org
We strive to connect students with higher education opportunities and sources of information about different paths of graduate study. We’re constructing this list as a tool for our readers who are interested in, or already pursuing, masters and doctoral level studies. Your site could make a great entry on this list.
We’re still looking for other sites to consider for inclusion, so if you could email me links to any site you think is a great resource for someone working on a thesis or dissertation, I’d greatly appreciate it.”
It’s great to get recognition for the work we have been doing on the project and a nice start to the Easter Break.
On Wednesday 13th March 2013, Ian Wilson (a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education) and myself (Daniel Mackley) attended a Higher Education Academy TeachMeet event held at York St John University. The event was aimed at colleagues from higher education, secondary and primary school teachers and trainee teachers. It provided an informal way of sharing ideas about effective learning and teaching strategies.
Prior to the event we were asked to either:
Share a learning, teaching or assessment idea in a face to face 2 or 5 minute time slot;
Or show others a teaching, learning or assessment idea, resource or strategy on your laptop or iPad in our virtual gallery;
Due to the nature of the work being completed as part of the iPad project it seemed appropriate to develop a video presentation on the use of iPads in Initial Teacher Education to be presented in the virtual galley. In creating this video presentation it was our aim to demonstrate, not only the range of applications being used, but also the different modules and subject areas that the iPads were being used in.
After a storyboard had been written, the presentation was created using PowerPoint with existing material being imported. This would provide the basis for the presentation with the voice over added later. Once the PowerPoint was completed, this was imported into Camtasia and a written script was used to add the voice over. The completed product was then uploaded to the Helix Media Library in order to be accessed at the TeachMeet event.
The presentation was well received by the attendees but, perhaps more importantly, demonstrated the range of applications and modules that the iPads were being used for within Initial Teacher Education.
This week’s ‘App of the Week’ is Fuse. Fuse is the mobile application for Camtasia Relay, the institutions lecture capture solution.
Please note: Fuse requires you to have Camtasia Relay server installed. Camtasia Relay is currently being piloted at YSJU.
What is it?
Fuse allows you to record video and audio directly from your mobile device and upload straight to the institutions media library (http://hml.yorksj.ac.uk).
What does it do?
Camtasia Fuse allows you to capture learning beyond the classroom. You can capture learning from any location at any time. Use Camtasia Relay to capture and share your knowledge quickly and easily. Below is a screenshot of the Fuse app:
It also allows you to upload existing videos recorded on your mobile device to the media library.If you are using Fuse to record others make sure you have their permission.
How can I use it in my teaching?
As well as using it to record lectures and presentations, Fuse can also be used for:
Recording interviews and meetings
Recording performances or practical exercises for peer review or self reflection
Recording both formative and summative video feedback
Recording video summaries of your lectures key message
Recording outside the classroom (field trips for example)
Modern Foreign language students and staff are currently the biggest users of Fuse at YSJU. They are using the app to record video dialogues for formative assessment. See a tutor example below:
How much does it cost?
Fuse is a free app available on both iOS and Android devices. It can be downloaded from the following online stores:
To get started with Fuse, download the app and login with your YSJ username and password. Make you set the server is set to: hml.yorksj.ac.uk. For any help and support please contact the TEL team: email@example.com.
Originally this post was published on Wilson Waffling and is being reproduced here.
After reading the blog post on Evernote I wanted to detail the way I use Evernote for storing the information ready for writing an assignment and creating the reference list.
Evernote comes with a range of different ways of capturing information, and its ability to synchronise across across computers and mobile devices makes it a highly efficient and effective way of recording and storing information for assignments. In order to demonstrate this further I wanted to detail the steps I complete
Before beginning to read for an assignment, it is important that you ensure you are ready to utilise Evernote. In order to do this there are a few steps that it is worth taking the time to complete.
Create a new notebook.-I always create a new notebook called the name of the assignment or the general area of the assignment. For example, when completing an assignment on the importance of scientific enquiry, I would create a new notebook called ‘Scientific Enquiry’. This new notebook is often created within a parent notebook, for example I have a notebook called University, and within this notebook I have one called Science and the new notebook is nested within this one. This not only helps me to remember which notebook the work needs to go into, it also helps with the the overall organisation of my work
Ensure you have the webclipper installed – Evernote has a range of ‘clippers’ that allows you to clip web pages or store items from RSS feeds. It will assist your overall workflow if these are installed so that you can clip to Evernote from your web browser
Workflow – once these basic steps have been completed then you will be able to begin to use Evernote to collect your reading material
Whenever I start reading a new book, I initially record within a note the reference information. This includes, the author and date, the title of the book and the place and publisher. This allows me to reference this book correctly in my reference list at the end of the assignment.
As I read, any relevant information is recorded within the note, including the page number – although I may note use the information as a direct quote, I will have the relevant information if needed.
Webpages can be clipped directly into Evernote. Once added the note will add the date that it was clipped on. This again is important information for referencing later. Clipping the page also allows you to read the content at a later date.
Using the app on your iphone and/or iPad also allows you to take photographs of items and/or voice memos that can then to saved within your working notebook.
Working with Evernote in this way allows me to keep all the relevant material for my assignment in one place and easily accessible in the future. It also means that all the information I need for referencing is stored and available when creating my reference list.
At York St John University we run lunchtime forums to provide an opportunity for staff to hear about curriculum innovations that are happening across the university. Today’s forum focused on the use of iPads in the classroom. It was a great session with lots of discussion and hands on activities. The forum was attended by representatives from all four faculties and a few other departments. Having academics who have used iPads before as part of our initiative added an extra value to the session.
Lena and I set the scene by presenting an overview of the project. The tutors who have been part of the project then shared their experiences of being part of the project and gave examples of using iPads. We then shared three other examples of using iPads for inquiry based sessions, peer feedback and video analysis.
In the second half of the forum we had two tutors from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences presenting some specialist apps and sharing they ideas of how using iPads in their faculty enhanced students learning.
In the end, we asked everyone to give us some feedback on the session using a response system called Socrative. The feedback was 100% positive and here are some comments from the delegates in response to “What did you find particularly useful?”:
“Getting to play! Hearing specific examples or case studies from academic colleagues. Well-structured and clearly delivered”.
“Seeing other lecturers approaches and recognising what we have in common”.
We left feeling very positive and more confident in presenting at a lunchtime forum on iPads in Teesside University in April. Thank you to everyone who participated!
I recently read an article on Edudemic titled ‘8 Tips for Being Better at Brainstorming’. This got me thinking about the mind mapping applications available on tablet devices. When I attended the MELSIG event in Sheffield, Popplet was recommended as an app for brainstorming and creating mind maps.
What is it?
Popplet is a mind mapping app (and online web service) that allows you to visually curate your ideas and thoughts. This app could be particularly useful for those people who consider themselves visual learners.
What does it do?
Popplet allows you to visual record your ideas, thoughts and inspirations. Starting with a blank canvas you can add text, upload images, embed videos and draw. Popplet can also be used for group work as it allows for multiple devices to connect to the same Popplet.
To find out more about Popplet, watch the video below:
Below are some examples of how Popplet can be used:
How can I use it in my teaching?
Popplet can be used for a variety of activities ranging from creating personal learning networks to mapping out relational databases. Other examples include:
Assignment, project planning and curriculum design
Creating historical family trees or timelines
Creating decision trees for demonstrating reasoning
Creating mind maps and organisation charts
Creating mood boards and storyboards
How much does it cost?
Popplet costs £2.99 from the app store. There is a free version (Popplet Lite) but this only allows you to create one Popplet (mindmap). To access Popplet online, visit: http://www.popplet.com. Unfortunately, Popplet isn’t available on Android devices but an excellent alternative is MindJet.