Proposal Title

iPads in Freshmen Learning Communities: Best Practices for Implementation

Proposal Abstract

A classroom was designed that emphasized technology use, via iPad tablet computers, to provide the students with an active learning environment. iPads offer an advantage over laptops because of portability, cost, and (maybe) ease of use. Active learning (student engagement), means that students go beyond traditional note-taking and study methods (memorization) for lectures. Two apps were intentionally used over the course of the semester. Evernote, a real-time collaborative note-taking application capable of rich notes with links, images, and photos. Additionally, Twitter was incorporated into the classroom and encouraged during lecture to ask and answer questions as a backchannel, as well as scheduling tests and other activities. The presentation will cover the success and feedback of the two semesters of student data we have collected, emphasizing Evernote and Twitter best practices. We will also discuss training and development necessary for implementing a course such as this one for faculty.

Location

Room 217

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 27th, 3:00 PM Mar 27th, 3:45 PM

iPads in Freshmen Learning Communities: Best Practices for Implementation

Room 217

A classroom was designed that emphasized technology use, via iPad tablet computers, to provide the students with an active learning environment. iPads offer an advantage over laptops because of portability, cost, and (maybe) ease of use. Active learning (student engagement), means that students go beyond traditional note-taking and study methods (memorization) for lectures. Two apps were intentionally used over the course of the semester. Evernote, a real-time collaborative note-taking application capable of rich notes with links, images, and photos. Additionally, Twitter was incorporated into the classroom and encouraged during lecture to ask and answer questions as a backchannel, as well as scheduling tests and other activities. The presentation will cover the success and feedback of the two semesters of student data we have collected, emphasizing Evernote and Twitter best practices. We will also discuss training and development necessary for implementing a course such as this one for faculty.