iPads are being used to help recruit students, save paper, and educate students with new applications in classrooms around the globe. Some colleges are even giving out the iPads to new students and faculty so they are working with the same technology. Medical students are using the iPads to communicate with patients and teachers. Saving paper has new meaning and starts with digital books replacing printed copies.
edudemic article 9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World shares some of the coolest ways iPads are being used on college campus from Ohio State to Dubai. Thinking about how you can use an iPad in your curriculum? Check out how these universities are changing it up!
Are you looking for an alternative to PowerPoint for student presentations? Teaching technology and media online can have its challenges, but Storify has potential for students to present their work and at the same time open their eyes to another example of social media. What is Storify? It is a website that allows users to preserve stories including photos, links, and videos. Mindy McAdams talks about how she used Storify instead of PowerPoint in her blog. Students were assigned to introduce the debates and research about (new) media and democracy. Creating a web page referencing the web content and online publications here, made for a quick and easy presentation of the materials.
As you begin the semester teaching online make sure to take notes on how to improve the course for the next time. Prof. Hacker reflects on his experiences teaching online in this article in The Chronicles of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/pushing-through-the-perils-of-teaching-online/42104
Looking for videos to add to your materials in the classroom? I came across a great site for educational videos for all levels. 100 Best sites Video Sites for Educators http://edudemic.com/2012/08/best-video-sites-for-teachers/# There are multimedia materials for educators at the Kindergarten level to Lifelong Learning.
Ever have one of those times when it is hard to find your inspiration? I ran across the following passage from The Life & Letters of Pete Ilich Tchaikovsky (public domain)on the brain pickings blog:
Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.
Sometimes we need to work through the tough times to find the inspiration. I am looking forward to photographing Caitlin’s wedding and my annual “Signs of Wildlife” in Oxford, Ohio in September. Between then and now I want to complete some old projects and get my studio/office set up and organized. I want to have my inspiration and passion for photography back by then. Looks like I am just going to have to meet it halfway!
I am Elizabeth Hanna/EJ, and I decided to start this blog to talk about my explorations. Seeing the world through a camera lens gives you a little different vision into things and I wanted a chance to share some of the fun with you! This will also give me a chance to talk about some of what’s going on at work in my job at USFSP as an Instructional Designer, a chance to share biking and training adventures, as well as the everyday mundane sort of thing happening in my world.
So thanks for checking this out! I am looking forward to developing some content that you will enjoy!