Innovative Uses of your iPad in the Classroom

Computer Services will be hosting a seminar presentation tomorrow, January 26 from 10am to 11:30am on innovative uses of iPads. Please see the announcement below for full information and please pass along to your colleagues in SCT.

A growing number of faculty across the world are using iPads to enhance teaching and learning. Tomorrow (1/26), Apple representatives will be visiting Temple to demonstrate and discuss some of the interesting and innovative ways that faculty can use the iPad. In this 90 minute session, we’ll explore a “day in the life” of a student and instructor, and demonstrate how the iPad can be a powerful solution that transforms both the academic and personal experience. Participants will also understand how the iPad improves learning workflow, enhances communication, fosters collaboration and contributes to a greener campus. The session will be interactive and attendees are invited to bring their iPads and encouraged to share their favorite iPad use either in or out of the classroom.

This discussion will be especially pertinent after Apple’s recent announcement regarding its new iBooks app.

Watch the video on iBooks here: http://www.apple.com/education/#video-textbooks

When: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Library Lecture Hall in the Lower Level of Paley Library

Register here: https://atlas.ocis.temple.edu/seminars/AppDev/

Join the discussion: http://sites.temple.edu/ipad

Free Web Seminar, Tuesday December 6th: Meet Google OpenClass

There is another shakeup in the LMS (Learning Management System) community taking place – Google and Pearson have joined forces to launch OpenClass, a free LMS. Whilst there is already a free (open source LMS) with Moodle, the collaboration between Google and Pearson is definitely one to take a look at.

To register for “Meet OpenClass” webinar, go to this link: http://bit.ly/s5uvwf

The webinar takes place on:
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

OpenClass. Open to everyone. Easy to use. Completely free. Amazing.
Learn how you can use OpenClass to drive education forward.

This webinar is sponsored by Pearson Learning Technologies and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. All content presented during the event is provided by Pearson.

Webinar Speaker

Adrian Sannier, Senior VP of Product, Pearson Learning Technologies
Adrian Sannier is the Senior Vice President of Product at Pearson Learning Technologies. Pearson is the world’s largest educational technology company. Prior to joining Pearson, Dr. Sannier was the University Technology Officer at Arizona State University.

Webinar Host
Mark Walston

Mark Walston is a veteran communications professional with a 20-year history researching and reporting on higher education, with a focus on information technology. Former president and CEO of Concept Foundry, he has created award-winning integrated communications campaigns for universities and colleges across America — and for industry leading IT corporations that serve higher education.

Mark recently interviewed college and university CIOs and other senior officers for a series of best practice case studies on database management and enterprise software. Mark also authored an Information Technology Forum advertorial series published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
OpenClass: 

  • is a dynamic, scalable, fully cloud-based solution that stimulates social learning and the exchange of content, coursework, and ideas – all within the Google Apps for Education Platform
  • leverages modern social technology to encourage collaboration and communication for students and faculty.
  • features an idea exchange that makes  it easy to find and share the latest approaches, content, and curriculum.
  • puts the focus on learning, not on technology, to improve the way teachers teach and students learn.
OpenClass is now available in BETA and can be fully integrated into our Google Apps system at Temple University if we choose to adopt it.

Chronicle Review: Selected Essays from an Issue on Online Learning

How Technology Can Improve Online Learning  By Robert W. Mendenhall
The president of an online university says the quality of education is largely independent of the mode of delivery.

A Social Network Is a Learning Network  By Derek Bruff
When students write for one another, or even for the world, they produce authentic expressions of what they’ve absorbed in class.

The Myth of the Tech-Savvy Student  By Ron Tanner
Why wouldn’t we educate students in sophisticated uses of the Internet, which commands an increasing amount of the world’s time and attention?

Why ‘Digital Natives’ Aren’t Necessarily Digital Learners  By Brian Cowan
Proponents of the new learning technologies ignore the human side of using them. Just because we can use something doesn’t mean we should.

 

The Liberal Arts Reinvention?

This TED Talk by Liz Coleman (President, Bennington College) is certainly thought-provoking in an age when general knowledge and liberal arts are sacrificed to ever more intellectual specialization and technical expertise. Coleman’s use of the oral and printed word is a striking contrast to the visual imagery of most TED Talks. What roles — old and new — can be played by the evolving media technologies to enhance the liberal arts? I have a few ideas which were developed in my new text anthology, Media Environments. I would like to hear what other professors are doing to use media technology to advance liberal arts thinking in the classroom and in student minds.

 

Open Source Learning: Fad, Flawed, or the Future?

Having recently edited a text anthology that combines theory with films, I am naturally very interested in the future of the textbook. I came across this TED Talk (Richard Baranuik, Rice University) and wonder about the pros and cons of this theory of textbook distribution using screens and links. Is digital and online music the way to model the textbook industry? Though there are surely benefits to the “knowledge ecosystem” and global access, I suspect there is something naive about this application. Will it produce the learning “machines” (his term) or a hive mind? This assumes that the education and knowledge issue is merely one of access and distribution, but seems to ignore the effect of the screen, links, network, and hive mind on comprehension, cohesion, and, especially, critical thinking. When one looks at reading trends in America, it seems less that books that need to be remade, but rather that reading needs to be restored.

 

Google to launch OpenClass

Yesterday I was listening to NPR in the background while at home grading midterms and I heard about OpenClass and how Google was teaming up with Pearson for its launch. This is very exciting. OpenClass will launch (date TBA) through Google Apps for Education and will compete with Blackboard. It will be a course-management system with advanced social networking and community-building, and an open architecture that will allow instructors to import whatever material they want, from e-books to YouTube videos.

Take a look at this article posted in the Chronicle titled, “Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System”.

 

Alan November, a leader in Education Technology speaks at TEDxNYED

Alan November is recognized internationally as a leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been a director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. As practitioner, designer, and author, Alan has guided schools, government organizations and industry leaders as they plan to improve quality with technology.

A fifteen minute presentation format is a very short time to try to build a case for a big idea. Alan November’s Ted Talk is about how the current culture of school typically underestimates the contribution that many students would make to solve real problems and to make a contribution to help classmates learn.