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iPad in Motion by Dr. Jon C. Landis

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Recently I attended an ipad in motion conference featuring Jon C. Landis, Ph.D. the Development Executive from Apple Inc. He provided a list of links from that conference that I thought you may find interesting.

Helpful Links for Getting Started

Apps Common in Education

  • eClicker Host: This is a classroom response system (like the hand held clicker systems). eClicker Host is the instructor App and eClicker is the student App. This is a full featured student response system.
  • Outliner: A comprehensive note and task management program that is excellent for students who need help with organization.
  • Evernote: A cross platform program for note taking. Syncs notes with your phone, iPad, and computer. Supports pictures, web clips, and audio.
  • Shareboard: Turns an iPad and an LCD projector into an interactive whiteboard. Projecting iPad can also yield control to up to 4 other iPads in the room making this an interactive whiteboard.
  • Molecules: Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers.
  • Photoshop: a solid photo editor for the iPad (free)
  • Sketchbook Pro: A professional grade painting and drawing program.
  • Papers: An electronic repository for research journals. Connects to academic electronic repositories of research including local electronic libraries.
  • Blausen Human Atlas: A dynamic medical atlas of the human body that contains 3-D images, medical information, and a cross-searching medical term glossary.
  • iAnnotate: Allows for highlighting, notes, and mark-up of PDF documents. Also allows for sharing and organizing PDF documents.
  • Goodreader: Opens a large number of file formats for viewing. Great for grading papers with a stylus or typed feedback. It’s has file managing, searchable text, notes, highlighting, and full integration with Dropbox. Many, many features.
  • OmniGraphSketcher: Quickly create and present detailed graphs and charts on iPad.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.
  • Pages: A full powered word processing and publishing tool that is simple to use and visually stunning.
  • Numbers: A powerful spreadsheet program that supports interactive charts and dynamic forms.
  • Keynote: A slide based presentation program that allows you to create presentations with dynamic graphics, transitions, and embedded media. Keynote for the iPad is capable of working with PowerPoint files as well.

App Store Links: The following links do not represent every App in the category. Educators have curated these special collections.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Web 2.0: Jing

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Jing is a software tool used to capture content on a computer screen. It can be used to create informational videos for the web. Aly Tapp, a technology support specialist and English teacher, created a video entitled, “Making the Grade.” It is a wonderful example of how an instructor can use Jing in the electronic classroom to enhance the student experience. In the video she shows how to use Jing to grade papers and give students individual feedback on their work.

Prior to creating the video, Aly pre-graded the paper she wanted to use in the recording and highlights the areas she wanted to focus on for the student. With the Word document still open, she launched Jing and started the movie function to capture the screen. As she moved through the document to each highlighted area, she talked about what she liked or disliked about that section of text. Jing captured the voice and images for the student as Aly gave feedback on the paper. Aly uses dropbox to send the finished video to the individual student.

The Jing software is extremely easy to use. The major drawbacks are time, size, and software limitations. Aly says it takes about 15 minutes for each paper she grades. As for size, when I recorded a short 2:27 minute video it was 12.7 MB. A five minute video may be as large as 25 MB. Dialup connection speeds may be a little slow for files of that size.  As for the software, students needed to have Flash installed on their machine before they can view the saved video. The free version of this software only allows a 5 minute recording period, but considering the file size limitations this may be a good thing.

Overall I would recommend this for anyone wanting to add a personal touch to their online classroom. You may not want to use it for every assignment, but it would be good for occasional or special projects. Keep in mind it can also be used to explain concepts. The video can be saved and loaded into BB9 as a video for the entire class to view. Overall thumbs up for Jing, screen capture software. You can download Jing free here.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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