Learning Technology Group: iPads in Higher Education Panel Discussion – 10/4/2012

October 15, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


JUSTINA BROWN: OK. Let’s get started. Welcome everybody. Thank you for joining us today
for this year’s first Learning Technology Group meeting. The meeting in topic today is
iPads in Higher Educations. And we’re here to talk about it. So we have a few guests
here that have done this. So they are special
contributors, but we’re all here to discuss,
and share, and learn together. So we also have a very special
guest and that’s Kevin Dixie, who is part of the ATUS crew. And he’s going to
start the session, and then we’ll open it up. I’m Justina Brown. I’m from the Center for
Instructional Innovation and Assessment, which
is now part of ATUS. So we’re all here
together, and I think we can go ahead
and get started. KEVIN DIXIE: All righty. So when Justina asked me if
I would just say a few words, I thought, what
the heck do I know about using iPad in higher ed? And I thought about it, and I
may have a certain perspective. I mean, I certainly can’t speak
for everyone, or maybe anyone. I can speak for myself
though, because I do use my iPad quite a bit. And then, started to
show off and use my phone to control my iPad,
because I didn’t want to be standing over there. So I’m going to
talk just briefly, and I won’t take
up a lot of time. About– you know, I
forgot to put the S on. It should be iPads in Higher Ed. But at least from the
perspective that I have, which is as a tech
person for ATUS. I have a couple of jobs. One, I do the classroom
imaging and currently part of the team that’s high
loading the ULMS campus to see how that project goes. I do staff training– staff,
faculty, and student training– and anything else
they ask me to do. That’s kind of
where I come from. So I use– oh, and I
teach a pics class. So I actually do use my iPad in
a lot of different situations. So I thought about it,
something like, you know, what’s the best way to approach this? So first I wanted to say– this is when I first
started using the iPad, this is the kind of
thing that I got. You know, oh yeah, yeah, the
iPad, that’s kind of cute. That’s this thing
to watch movies on. And when I first brought
up the idea at HUS I got a lot of this. And I’m stubborn. My dad was stubborn,
so I’m stubborn. And I looked at the tool
and I thought, well maybe. I mean, yeah, I could watch
movies on my phone, too. But it’s a whole lot
more than just my phone. So I started to
think about, what could you really do with it? One of the reasons I chose the
iPad– it’s not like, ooh, iPad good, Android bad. It’s just it’s the one that
had the more complete ecosystem when I was looking. That’s the one I have. Could this work on
an Android tablet? Yeah, probably. Do I have experience with it? No. And it’s not that I have
anything against Android, but I just didn’t
choose to go that route. So I started off with this idea. This was what a lot
of people said, well, isn’t it just a tool
for consuming media? For watching videos, you
know, looking at porn, doing YouTube, doing
gaming, or whatever. No, it’s a lot more than that. Yeah, you can watch videos on
it, you could surf the web, you get your email. And those are certainly
the strengths of a tablet, but it does a whole lot more. And I think my answer
to that was, nope, you can do more than that. So I looked at the
iTablet and said, what is really not to love about it? There’s a lot of
nice things about it. I’m a big laptop user. I’ve been a laptop users since– oh god, I think my first
laptop was the Powerbook 100. That would be 1991 or
something like that. So I always really liked any
portable computer, because I like to be on the move. And I’m willing to
sacrifice somethings in terms of the
power that I have at my disposal for the ability
to move quickly and have flexibility to be portable. So I looked at the
idea of a tablet, in this case iPad specifically. And I said, well,
what’s not to love? You know, well, it’s portable. I do like that. You have battery
that lasts all day. I’ll tell you, my Powerbook
100 lasted about 30 seconds. Hey, that’s great, but
got to charge the battery. So it’s nice that I can go
eight, ten hours on my battery. I can really use it all day. I don’t really
have to charge it. I do have to remember to charge
it at night, but with heavy use it lasts me all day. It’s a multiple use devise. It does more than
just play videos. It really is quite
flexible, and I’ll show you some of the
things I do with it. It’s pretty intuitive. And I say that, because
when I first got it I presented it to
my 8-year-old son. You know, what do
you think of this? Took him, like, 30 seconds. Oh, cool, what’s this, you know? Not a whole lot of prompting. Same with my mom, who’s 90. She’d be, like, even worse. I was curious, because
she played with my phone and kind of got it. Computers were like– I bought her a computer, all
she did was play solitare on it. And that was, like, big
victory, I’m playing solitaire. I sat her down with the iPad. In, like, 30 seconds actually. Oh, this is cool, can I send it. Ooh, look at that,
I’ll take a picture. So without much coaching,
she just hopped in and really start playing with it
in a way that was pretty nice. And also the apps are cheap. That’s the thing I
like most about it is I can go buy it for $2, $5. A really big spender
costs, like, $10. Most of them are $0.99. But to come back to this idea,
oh, it’s not a real computer. I don’t know how many times
I’ve had this conversation. It’s not a real computer. Oh, for crying out loud. I mean it is a real computer. You know, why? I would ask them why. Seriously, one person said, oh,
because it’s not a Dell laptop. Seriously? Yeah, there’s more
computing power than the Land did when
it landed on the moon. Quite frankly, your
old Motorola flip phone has more computing
power than the Land had when it landed on the moon. The amount of power
you have in this is probably ten times what
my laptop was five years ago. All right. So they are remarkably powerful. They don’t seem that way. And they do have a very
toy like appearance, but don’t underestimate them. So I just told people,
please get over it. You know, really, you
need to get over it. I’m going to use
this for work, and I decided to start using it. I have a laptop and
I have a desktop. I have 27 inch iMac,
I have a laptop and two PCs in my office. And I use these
things every day, but I started to
consciously say, I’m going to use
this thing every day and see if I can
to make it work. And you know what? I was able to replace
my laptop with it. For like 99.9% of what I do. Every so often I run into
something I need my laptop for, or I need my desktop for. But for the most part, no. I don’t travel with
a laptop anymore. Now, I have a pretty
simple laptop, weighs about three pounds– it seems huge to me now. Last time I traveled,
I picked up my laptop– wow, that’s heavy. I remember traveling
with the a big laptop. Used to have a big Dell, weighed
about, you know, 50 pounds. These giant things. Now, that has so changed the
way I think about travel. You know, it’s like, I
wouldn’t even consider carrying a laptop anymore. So what tasks do I use it for? Well, the [INAUDIBLE]
web and email. I use that a lot. I’m a tech support guy and
I use it for tech support. Both training and tech
supoort here on campus. I remote control
imaging service there. We have some network
problems that extend out to some
of the buildings, where I can’t get images to
go out to the buildings to all these computers properly. But sometimes I have
to do onesy, twosies. I go out and test the
imaging, one room at a time, two rooms at a time. It’s kind of a pain, and
you have to do it that way. I found that I can
be out in the rooms without having the truck over
here and go find an empty lap. Just pop open Team Viewer,
or something like that. I log onto Terry Davis’
imaging computer. Like, boom, done. And control it all remotely. First time I did
it, he called me out like, what are you doing? I’m controlling your computer. He knew I was going
to do it, but he didn’t expect the way I did it. He said, well, what
are you doing it with? My laptop– or my iPad. He was like, really? Can you show me that? Sure. I showed him and it was funny. He just laughed and
said, wow, it’s crazy. Works great. So I’m sitting there, doing
all my stuff, getting my email. Oh, got to kick off an image. Takes about 30 seconds
and I’m done with it. I can create documents. This is a beef a
lot of people have. It’s not a document
creation tool. That’s just whooey. It is a document creation tool. Now, you do have to
alter the way you think about creating documents. And that’s what people say. Well, I can’t run
Photoshop on it. No, you can run Photoshop on it. But you don’t
necessarily have to. I think– we ran into that
here in the labs, too. We had this ongoing
fight at ATUS. This idea that, ooh, we
have to have the Adobe Suite and the Office Suite, and
all that stuff packed on a lab. Why? You know there are
times when that– I mean, if you
look at the usage, like most the students do in
our labs, they surf the web and they use Facebook. That’s mostly what our lab
computers get used for. So I use that same
knwoledge here. Well OK, yeah, I don’t have
to run Photoshop on here. I’d rather have Word on
here, but do I need that? It turns out for
most things I don’t. Do I sometimes, yes. But for most things, no. Cool. Wrong way. And I do sound recording. Going back to my
90-year-old mom. She’s 90 and she’s not
remembering things too well. I decided I wanted
to document her life. Things that she’s done, still
have some interesting stories. And I set up a simple
audio recording system that I can go out, place this
on a table, have my mic set up, recording stuff. I can record it
out in the field, at her place, wherever she is. I can go out and
record people who are, like, in a restuarant,
who just can’t travel. I could bring it back and I can
send– either send it to myself or sync it up to
my bigger machine. And I can do some editing. I can actually edit it on there. And I hit and post
it on my blogs all from this one little device. And, of course, I do
watch movies on it. It’s like one of my second
favorite things to do on it. So I wanted to show you briefly
just a few things that I do. Do I have time? We’ve got a few minutes left. So we can get out of here. So in tech support– well of course–
the one I showed you is Keynote to use
for presentations. It’s actually pretty fun. Some of the things that I do. Let me show you the
tech support, first one. So they’re are all
bunched up here. Let’s go to tech support. Something like say Team Viewer. It’s a great example. I have Team Viewer all set up. In fact, I set it up, well
first, on my personal computer. And then I thought, you
know, let’s try this on iPad, let’s see if that works–
and it works great. So, for instance, If I
want to go to classrooms. I want to go to license manager,
and I have all the passwords already preset up. It’ll log me in– now Terry
is going to probably have it. So he’s got it set up. I’m looking at that. I can then control all
the lead into this. So I come and bring
up the keyboard. Grabs the special keys– control, alt, delete– and then
I could log in this machine. He’s logged in right now. So I’d have to log him out. So I’m not going to do
that, because he’d be mad. But again– and I
will often do this– I’ll log in. Oh, got to send that image
off, got to check that. Or I’ll be out in the field
and I’ll forget something. Like, what is that? What’s the name of this
computer or what images do I have to put on here. So this is invaluable, we’re
able to do it in any place where there’s wifi. My one regret, when
I bought my iPad, is that I did not buy
the one that was also 3G. If I did do it
again, I would buy one that was most connected. I was like, ooh yeah, wifi. And I found out
traveling through Spain– that’s where it really caught
me– not a lot of places have wifi in Spain. And since I travel there
a lot it’s like, ooh. So I would get a 3G one to give
me a little bit more options. Some of the other
things I use it for. I’m an avid photographer. So I have all my stuff online
and I’ve been using cloud based storage for a while. So this is all my photographs
stuck in a folder, or some of them. Like when I was in Barcelona– [INAUDIBLE] parks, I wanted
to get one of a archway. So if I’m working, and
settling to work on my blog, and I want to post this. I like this image. All right. Then I come up here
and I can share it. Tell it I want to
copy the links. And it asks me what size, and
then I choose the one I want. It will copy it to my clipboard. Let’s clip the medium sized one. Automatically copies
to my clipboard. Then if I want to go in
and put that in my blog. I can simply hop out, and I use
a blogging tool called Posts. And I just choose
one of the posts, probably Infidel is
what I would put it on. And I would pop
into one of these. This get one I already
did with my son. I could change it. I could edit it. And this with full control
of my WordPress blog, here. And it actually works
very much– it’s a full featured blog editor. So I can pop in and out. I can use my pictures in there. But a change that
it made me do is it made me think about
things a little differently. That’s how I made this work. I do a lot of Cloud usage. I don’t rely on
portable storage. A lot people say, well,
there’s no hard drive. I can’t put a disk in here,
and I can’t put a thumb drive in there. No, you can’t. But I use tools like Dropbox. I use tools like Mint
and Google Drive. And that’s like to
have Dropbox on here. So Dropbox– a great example. And I have several
things synced to Dropbox. And I’ll tell you one
that’s been the most useful. OK. So I must have– Greg you’re probably
the same way. You have tons of
passwords, right? I must have 500 passwords,
all for different stuff. Ain’t no way I’m going
to remember those. Either I have to be
stupid and give them all the same password– which
we all know how that works. Or I have to do it
the right way and have these fairly complex passes,
but that are more secure. So right down here
at the bottom. This guy right here. It’s my password key. Now it’s double encrypted,
and it’s just the key, and it’s sitting on Dropbox. My phone, my iPad,
are both running the app that uses– it’s
called One Password. My home computer and office
computer all have the same one. They all have Dropbox
on it and they all sync to the same password key. If I can look up the password
anywhere– in the field, via the phone, on wifi,
on my computer at home. If I change the password,
it syncs up to that one key, and it populates it out to
all my different devices. So no matter where I
am, I have my password. And believe me,
there’s a lot of times where I’m trying to
install something for ATUS. God, what’s that password? You know, ba ba boom,
enter the password. Check it out, I unlock it,
there it is, and change it. That has been a lifesaver. I cannot tell you how
convenient that is. And to have that in your pocket? Because I have one password
here, as well as here– I have it everywhere. Nowhere I mean–
literally I could be, like, anywhere
there’s cell coverage or some sort of coverage, I got
my passwords available to me. So the last thing
I want to show you. Sorry I took up so much time. Is I really– last year I
wrote a novel and I decided, I’m going to write
this on the iPad. First, I started using a
little Bluetooth keyboard. And those are nice,
but they kind of annoy me, because they’re
little– they’re so small. So I have an IBM
model 10 keyboard. Anybody remember those? They’re, like, about this big,
they weigh about 50 pounds. But they’re really
good to type on. God, they’re so comfortable. So I took an IBM model 10, I
have a little adjustment that goes to USB, and I use
the same connector, here, which I use for my microphone. Which is basically
a USB connector. So I had it hooked up. And I had my iPad set up and
I had this giant keyboard. And I had it propped up
like a little, teeny screen. And I sat there and
wrote the novel– I wrote a 50,000 word novel. I synced it to Dropbox. So no matter where I was– if I get an idea in the
middle of the night, I hop on a computer, I can get
on my phone, I can get on here. And I use this program
called Storius, which is a– there’s a desktop
version and an iPad version. Right? And I was able to just open it,
sync it, makes some changes, save it back to Dropbox. So I had this one
version floating around, which was great. And I wrote probably– not all of it– but probably
65%, 70% of it on the iPad. It was great,
sometimes you know, sitting out, writing
it out, on the beach, out in the park,
stuff like that. I only needed to
get in to where wifi was when I wanted to sync it. It was great. To me just the freedom– this de-couples you from having
being locked to something. You know, and even
as a student, when I teach the LMS that we’re doing. Going to education. There’s an iOS app
for Canvas, which allows me to go into
the classes that we’re using right now for campus. This is the one
we built. This one that I’m teaching right now. I can go in, I can
check material. I have a speed grader,
where I can go in and grade assignments
on the fly. I can use an interactive
rubric while I’m doing it. I mean there’s a lot of tools. And I think what’s nice about
this is the smallest– the way it de-couples you from having
being anchored to that. This to me is, like,
the back end of the way. This is the old way
of doing things. JUSTINA BROWN: All
one chain, right? KEVIN DIXIE: Yeah. This is the new way. Now is it this particular? This will change, this
will be different. But this model, this idea that’s
super portable, small, light. This is, I think,
where it’s going. This is, I think, the
future of computing. And this, I think, is
the past of computing. Is this bad? No it’s not bad. Do I want to be stuck to this? No, god no. So that’s all I’ve got to say. And I ran a little
bit over time, sorry. JUSTINA BROWN: That’s all right. AUDIENCE: Does it have
a photo connector? What you said was– KEVIN DIXIE: Yeah,
it’s right here. Yeah. It’s funny, they call
it a photo connector– it’s just a USB connector. AUDIENCE: Because
they don’t want you to use if for anything else. KEVIN DIXIE: Yeah. You know, the older ones, too– the older USB connectors
were a little bit nicer, the first gens? The second ones are a
little, kind of, finnicky. But they still work great. I actually connected
to the hard drive, too. I couldn’t get the hard drive
to mount in any meaningful way. But I could see the files. So that was kind of fun. JUSTINA BROWN: Thank you. Now– AUDIENCE: What is the
recording place of the– KEVIN DIXIE: Oh this thing? Oh yeah, this thing
is called a Samson– what is this called? Samson is the brand. I can’t remember the actual name
of the mic, but it was nice. It costs about $80, it’s
got a little pin right on the front, USB on the back. It has great sound. And it’s nice if you can get
something to flattened it out. You know, it’s
really pretty cool. I love this mic. It’s one of the best
sounding mics I’ve ever used. And then I just use it
with Garage Band, here. AUDIENCE: Can you use it
for video with your iPad? KEVIN DIXIE: Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Yeah. Oh this? Oh this? Oh yeah. Yeah, sure. I’ve used it with
iMovie several times. Yeah, I love this thing,
this is fantastic. JUSTINA BROWN: Awesome. Now I wanted to
quickly have everybody just say who they are. And then we can open
it up for discussion. But first, can I have a straw
for how many people actually have an iPad? OK. So interesting. All right, anyway, all right. Does anyone have something else? Other than an iPad, a
different kind of tablet? All right. And the agenda, if
you didn’t get one, make sure you– does
anybody need one? Here are those, pass it around. On here are some of the
things I anticipated people talk about, because you
gave me some names of apps. KEVIN DIXIE: Did I? JUSTINA BROWN: Yeah. And then also some
other resources. If your name is on
the sign-in sheet, I’ll email you these
so that you’re not having to punch them in. I wanted to point out that
we do have another meeting next month, on November 1st. And that’s on Bring Your
Own Device responses. What that is is, in classrooms,
giving away some clickers and seeing what can be done
with the devices are already in our students hands. They’re on that road. So anyway, thanks
again for everybody who showed up late, and showed
up early, and in between. So go ahead and
introduce yourselves. BILL PECK: My name is Bill Peck. I’m the director of the
[INAUDIBLE] program. TONY YOUNG: I’m Tony
Young and I’m retired IT. DEB: Deb Joseph, Public Service. TING SINGH: Ting Singh. I’m from CBE. I teach accounting classes. SEAN STOCKBURGER:
I’m Sean Stockburger. I manage the help desk for ATUS. DEBORAH FROST:
I’m Deborah Frost. I’m over at
university residences in the IT department. BRAD: I’m Brad [INAUDIBLE],
environmental sciences. LAURA CARNI: Laura Carni, AUAP. JASON: Jason Cana,
management professor. LINDY KING: Lindy King,
office of field experience. LINDA SHLEATH: I’m Linda
Shleath and I’m here in WCE. JOANNE CARNEY: I’m
Joanne Carney, I’m a– CARNEY: I’ve always
wanted to meet you. JOANNE CARNEY: I’m in
the elementary education and instructional
technology at Woodring. JILL MOUNT: I’m Jill Mount. I’m in the nursing program. BRANDON DIETRICH:
I’m Brandon Dietrich. I’m in the chemistry department. GREG HOFFENBACKER
Greg Hoffenbacker, Woodring Tech Services. ANDREW FUTURE: Andrew
Future, systems administrator over in computer science. SPEAKER 1: [INAUDIBLE]. I’m in government
classical languages. JUSTINA BROWN And if anybody
over here would like, it looks like there’s a couple
of spots on the other side, if you want to move around. Does anybody have a question? Any other questions for Kevin? KEVIN DIXEY: I’ll slide
out a little further. SEAN STOCKBURGER: I do. How do you vet
apps to make sure– because there are
so many different, for similar functions. How do you decide what to vet? KEVIN DIXEY: You know, they’re
cheap enough that I actually buy them and try them out. That’s usually what I do. I’ve been working on
software a long time. I know who developers are,
and I get a rough idea. Like, OK this is a
Chinese knockoff, and this one’s a real one. So I do a little bit
of research on trying to find out where they came
from, who developed them. And I tend to look for
apps that are “valified”. People I know, like, say
Panic, a really well-respected developer of web tools. They have like a– basically it’s a web programming
tool called Coda Lite. So something that, I’m pretty– I trust pretty much. Some of them I try out. Some of the photo editing
ones I had to kind of try out, and I spent maybe 10 or 15 bucks
trying some out, pitching a few of them. But I think, generally
speaking, the price is so low that it’s worth
kind of experimenting. You know, where I
kind of hold off– it’s funny. Where I’ll buy something for
the computer that’s 50 bucks, in here, I’m like,
ooh, that’s $2.99. I don’t know. That’s kind of pricey. But, yeah, typically it’s cheap
enough that I’ll just buy them. SEAN STOCKBURGER: Well, I
haven’t bought an app yet. KEVIN DIXEY: Oh, yeah. It’s addictive. SEAN STOCKBURGER: I
tried buying them. They were trial, the free
versions of a lot of them. KEVIN DIXEY: Yeah,
I do that, too. And a lot of them offer a free
one, and then if that’s good, you try the paid one. And sometimes the
free one is fine. There was a few of them
that’s like, I never even bothered with the paid one. LINDA SCHLEEF: I was
going to say that I don’t look on iTunes, but I Google. So, I’ll put in the best
app for doing such-and-such. And then, what you
do is, you start to find review sites that you
really can depend on then. And so I look for
reviews or ratings. KEVIN DIXEY: There’s this site
called iLounge, which does a lot of stuff with mobile. They’re pretty good. They tend to be a little bit
more in accessories and stuff. But they have kind
of moved into apps. And I’ve always liked
their reviewers. But I agree. I look for reviews. But then more often, sometimes
I just jump in like, OK, $0.99, let’s see if that’s worth it. SEAN STOCKBURGER: I also– over time, you kind
of develop a sense of what your requirements
are for an app. And one of the requirements
that I always look for is, you can set it up, of
course, so that your iPad backs up your apps to iCloud. But I look at an
app, and I say, if I want to get that
information out of my iPad and use that information
on another device or another computer,
what are the export capabilities of this app? How can I get this information
into another format? And it depends. I mean, some apps, I don’t care. I’m only going to
use it on the iPad. But other apps, it just depends. And some of them
are cloud services. Like Evernote is a
popular note-taking tool that has its own cloud service. And you can access your notes
on your iPad or any web browser. But other things use– a
lot of apps use Dropbox, like the one that
you were showing us. They are becoming an
increasingly popular way for some apps to
sync between devices. And when an app
syncs to Dropbox, I usually know, hey,
that’s going to be easy for me to get that data. It may or may not be in a usable
format for another program, but it’s something that
I’ll be able to sync with a device, at least. Or I might be able to
export the data from Dropbox to another format if I want to
open it up in another program. KEVIN DIXEY: One that I’ve
been using a lot recently is called Skitch, which is a
screen cap for what’s going on and allows me to– like we’ll be doing
some stuff with Canvas. I’ll log into Canvas on
the browser, screen-cap it. You can do it from
within Skitch . And then, with the big red
arrows, go to this button. Go to that button. And then I save it
to the photo thing here, the photo repository. And then I can insert
them in e-mails and send then out to profs. I’ve done that a few times
with, like, yeah, there you go. Once I was down in Seattle,
and that was all I had. And I sat in Starbucks and
answered a bunch of questions. Like, press on this button. Got to look for this menu. Then go to there. Love it. You know, and even
just as simple as that, being able to save
it to the photos, it’s like the equivalent
of saving to a hard drive. Because that works
with screen caps, so. JUSTINA BROWN: Now, do we
want– the special guests, including [INAUDIBLE]. Do you guys have
anything you want to add from your experience? Or do you want to
just go through and tell us how
you’re using iPads? DEB JUSAK: Well, I’m
not using an iPad, JUSTINA BROWN: OK. DEB JUSAK: I think I’m here
because [? Kathy Kiddo ?] had the NSF grant to develop some
applications for– some apps for her material science class. And so she did
design and everything for what she needed for class. And I was monitoring
the group of students that actually implemented
the apps on the iPhone. And so, actually she has iPods. And so we were
using a small iPods, and we developed a
number of apps there. So I had to get
up to speed really quickly at some point
with Apple’s SDK and how to use all that stuff
and then advise students. And they put together some
pretty nice applications. And really, I think
the benefit of it is Kathy’s been using
it in her class. And of course she’s
got and NSF grant, so she’s tracking how the
students were learning before the use of
these devices and then after the use of these devices. And she’s using them in groups,
groups of four, groups of two. And so we’ve got– some of our apps
that are out there, they’re kind of standard,
like flashcard apps, about certain areas
of material science. And we have everything kind of
synced up on a website here, so that the data is downloaded. And we have it where they can
kind of practice and practice and practice. And then, I think they can
do it in a practice mode, in a test mode, and
then in a test mode, that data is uploaded. And she gives points for them
for doing certain things. One of the apps that we
developed is a graphing app. So for various different
kinds of materials, whether they’re steel or plastic
or glass or this or that, you can do a bunch
of graphing to see there’s various different
kinds of coefficients that– and this is not my area– that talk about these things,
whether it’s density or– that’s one I know. And so you can graph it. You can get a bar
graph and really see. And you can punch in and choose
different kinds of materials. And this one was really– there’s nothing else
like that out there. And it’s pretty creative. And I think it was kind of
neat the way it was developed. And then you can
plot on point graphs, xy-axes, different coefficients
of those different kinds of materials against each
other and investigate things. So it’s very visual,
I think, for students. And I think her results
have been very positive, that learning
really has improved by the use of these things. And of course I think it’s
kind of fun to use them. And then some of the follow-on
things were just putting– oh, I know. And on the flashcard app, too,
we would have different things. Like if you got a wrong
answer, that we have resources to either go out over
the web to understand it, or a YouTube video or an
audio kind of thing, whatever might work best for you. And I think that kind of thing,
where there’s feedback and then try again. And then, I think, the
later things really got people working on content,
developing, putting up on there so that they can look
at it down on the iPod. And the idea is to
really improve learning, I think it has. I think she’s got a
few papers from that. But I was really the computer
science, the programming part of that piece of it. JASON KANOV: I’m
still figuring it out. I use it. I actually let a student use it
in class today as their own– bring your own
device, because they forgot to bring their own
device for this one system that I’m using. So far I’ve used it as
more of a compendium. I’m really interested in
the idea of switching over to this more full-time. But I use it as a
way to carry around articles and things like that. I upload a lot of stuff I’m
currently reading to Dropbox, and I can just pull it up
while I’m here and kind of flip through it like I’m through
papers while I write or type or work on whatever
I’m working on, on my laptop. And I’m starting to
really appreciate the cloud, where I can do more. I’ve started realizing, why
do I bring my laptop home? I mean, I can do it here. Because I bike. to and from work. I don’t really– if I just
think about a couple of things, like where I store them– I mean, Dropbox is way more
convenient than U-drive here. Because if you’re home,
you don’t have to– KEVIN DIXEY: To authenticate it. JASON KANOV: –go
into the whole thing. Anyway, it’s just
automatically there. You click it, it opens it up. So I’m starting to
really appreciate some of the capabilities
that come with this. But I’m really just
figuring this out myself. SPEAKER 2: This is a
question for Jason. Is that your name? JASON KANOV: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: You
mentioned the U-drive and you also mentioned Dropbox. JASON KANOV: Right. SPEAKER 2: Because
when I’m at home, I mail assets to the U-drive. So are you saying that you
are able to use the iPad and be able to access the
U-drive while using the Dropbox technology? Is that what– JASON KANOV: I just
bypass the U-drive and put things that
I think I’m going to need at home on Dropbox. SPEAKER 2: OK. I see what you’re saying. Thank you. JASON KANOV: And
there’s a whole bunch of different remote access
cloud storage type things. Dropbox, many of them
give you a certain amount of free space, a
few gigs of space, which, depending on what you
have on there could be any– when I first got Dropbox. I just invited everybody I
could think of to use it, because every time somebody
else signs up using my invite, I get free space. So, that got me on to like
80 or 90 gigs, or something. So it’s kind of nice. But you can also buy space. You can pay for it. But also, if you
used different– Google Drive is essentially
the same thing as Dropbox, As far as I can tell. So you can put
some things on one and some things and
another, if you really want to get creative. And you can make use of
some of Google’s free space. KEVIN DIXEY: You know,
Microsoft has one, too. SkyDrive? You can actually
send [INAUDIBLE]. JASON KANOV: Yeah, and you get
iCloud space with the iPad. So, if you’re
creative about it, you can have this whole portfolio
of different free things with minimum space. And it keeps everything
in different areas. And it’s all accessible. KEVIN DIXEY: Well it’s
like my Flickr account. My Flickr account,
my Zenfolio account. I have, same way, I must have
10 different cloud accounts that I access with it. SEAN STOCKBURGER:
There’s an app that does let you access network
drives, like the U-drive and the P-drive, that
we’ve made accessible using a protocol called WebDAV. But it’s only from
within this one app. So I’ve used that
when I’m, like you, know I really need to check
the schedule that I left on the P-drive for my staff. So I can open this
app, and I can log in. And I can open up– it’s
an Excel spreadsheet. And it’ll just open
it in read-only mode. I can’t edit it, because
the app that I’m using doesn’t really have much
for edit capability. It does work. But the problem is that
the other apps that I use don’t really support
that protocol. But they do support
these cloud services like you mentioned, like
Dropbox and SkyDrive. There are a lot of cloud-based
services like that now. It’s becoming more common for
apps to support all of them. So you can download the
app that you want to use, and it will tell you all of
the things that it supports like that. And for accessing the
P-drive or the U-drive, I just have one app
that can do that. KEVIN DIXEY: I TeamViewer
into my desktop machine. SEAN STOCKBURGER:
You can do that, too. KEVIN DIXEY: And I
get to my U-drive and I copy things to Dropbox. I’ve done that many times,
where I need something, and it’s the fastest
way to do it. Because I have the
TeamViewer site up. I got my password. I can get in. SEAN STOCKBURGER: Yeah, I’ve
used TeamViewer that way, too. KEVIN DIXEY: A
lot of TeamViewer. JUSTINA BROWN:
Linda, would you like to share how you’ve used it? LINDA SCHLEEF: Well,
actually, Joanne and I both are in the ed departments. Do you want to talk
first, a little bit? Why don’t you go ahead? JOANNE CARNEY: But, Linda, you
know so much more about this than I do. I am here as like second string. Really, the person
sitting next to Linda should be Paula Dagnon,
who is the director of our instructional
technology program, but she is teaching right
now, so I’m a substitute. You start. LINDA SCHLEEF: OK. Well, I am the
coordinator of something we have here in Woodring, which
is called the Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center. And I work with
teachers-in-training, primarily, so that they’ll
learn about the tools that might benefit their future students. So students come in and
complete assignments, learning about the
technologies that we have that might support people
with disabilities or people who are English language learners
or any kind of learning differences. Which could be anyone, right? So a broad range of
tools, including iPads. We have an iPad station, where
we have three iPads locked up, where students or anyone really
could come in and look at apps. We have about 200
apps on our iPads. I also have eight iPads for loan
to students, but also for loan to families in the community. I also work with
schools in the area when they have
particular children that they want to consider
their technology needs. And so we sit with the
family and the school team and think about technology that
might benefit that student. And then we have a family
grant that families can apply for to buy
technology that they think would benefit their
child at home. And often those requests
are for– guess what– iPads. So we also just have
these iPads for loans, so that schools and
educators and families can try the iPad and the apps
before they make a decision to buy them as well as the
other technologies that we have. JUSTINA BROWN: Do you
want to show us anything? LINDA SCHLEEF: Yeah, sure. So a lot of what I have
then is for K-12 students. And I’ve also been
involved with– I’m part of the instructional
technology group, too. I also have been involved
with an STF grant that Tony wrote for getting
20 iPads for students to borrow and use. So basically I’ve
been putting together a list of apps that we want
to put on those iPads, too. So right now we’re getting
ready to buy and download apps for about 30-something,
almost 40 iPads. JUSTINA BROWN: What kind of
students can check those out? LINDA SCHLEEF: That’s
a good question. We haven’t exactly
decided that yet. Have we? SPEAKER 3: We have
priority, don’t we? LINDA SCHLEEF: Yes, we do. Woodring students. Right. JUSTINA BROWN:
Woodring bought them. LINDA SCHLEEF: Right. Woodring bought them. Yep. JUSTINA BROWN: But
it’s not restricted. LINDA SCHLEEF: Well,
we don’t know yet, OK? So we’ll get back
to you on that. It depends on how much they
get used by Woodring students. Twenty is really not a lot. OK. So a couple of things. There are apps for
people with disabilities. So an example here
would be Magnifier. Of course, I didn’t bring
anything up here to magnify. So this is like a
digital magnifier, which could cost $700, right? So really a nice option. And again. if you
had it on your phone, if you didn’t need a higher
level of magnification than that, it could work well. Also, for people
who can’t speak, there are apps are
fairly expensive. This is a $200 app, and
it allows an individual who can’t speak to communicate. Let’s see if I have my– I’m looking for chocolate
on here, but I don’t see it, so we’ll pick a milkshake. VOICE FROM APP:
I like milkshake. LINDA SCHLEEF: And a device
that operates similarly to this before the iPad
would and still does cost $4,000 to $10,000. And now we have the cost
of an iPad and a $200 app. So for $700, you
can have a device similar to one that would
function much more that would cost much more than that. So that’s really been
life-changing for lots of people with disabilities. But then there are apps
that can support, again, English language
learners, for example, Apps that will be vocabulary
This is called Vocabador. And you can do the
training or the challenge. So let’s try the challenge. Or, no. I’m going to show you
the training first. So we’ll do a couple of
heavyweight words here. So I can– VOICE FROM APP: Abdicate. LINDA SCHLEEF: –hear that word. VOICE FROM APP: Abdicate. LINDA SCHLEEF: And I’m pretty
sure this is a free app. And then when I flip the card,
it has the definition for it. If this is a word I’ve been
struggling with, I can flag it. This one is already flagged. And then it will come up
on my list of flagged words down here, so that I can
practice the words that I’m struggling with. OK, so let’s try the
vocab challenge now. Are you ready? Heavyweight? KEVIN DIXEY: Let’s do it. LINDA SCHLEEF: OK KEVIN DIXEY: Let’s throw down. LINDA SCHLEEF: All right. We get to pick Nitro. No, I like Nitro. OK. So you choose the
correct definition for this word at the top. Come on, come on, come on. [HUMMING] VOICE FROM APP:
Happening by chance. LINDA SCHLEEF: OK. I’m going to say this one. So anyway, you get the idea. So vocabulary, grammar apps,
all kinds of things like that. One of my favorite apps, this
a free screen capture tool, and it’s called Educreations
Interactive Whiteboard. And I can either just draw on
here, or I can bring up a photo or take a photo. Yeah, let’s take a photo. KEVIN DIXEY: Of your fingers. LINDA SCHLEEF: Of y’all. Yeah. Where are they? OK. And then I can use that. And now I can annotate this or,
like Kevin was talking about, I can draw arrows
on it or whatever. But what I should have done
is pushed “report” first, because now I’m actually
recording what I’m doing. And I can use this
also for teaching. Yeah, there you go. And then I can get
another page, and just continue to add to that. So a great way to tell
stories, or digital stories, all kinds of things. And then you can
have it replayed. So I think that has
lots of applications. More? Or Is that enough for now? KEVIN DIXEY: Yeah. We got one. We use Camtasia
Relay here on campus. LINDA SCHLEEF: Uh-huh. KEVIN DIXEY: It screen captures
off of the computer machines. Camtasia Relay
Fuse for the iPad. And we’ve been playing
around with it, where you can log into
your Relay account, and you can capture
yourself or whatever, and then automatically load
it up to the Relay account. It’s pretty cool. LINDA SCHLEEF: Oh, I know one
more I wanted to show you. Well, there’s lots more
I wanted to show you. JUSTINA BROWN:
Before we get going does everybody know
what Camtasia Relay is? KEVIN DIXEY: What it is–
so on the cluster machines, or anyplace we put
Camtasia Relay client, you can capture what’s
going on, on the screen. So, if you’re showing somebody
how to do something in an app, or you want to capture a lecture
or PowerPoint or whatever, and then that uploads
it to a server that we have here on campus. LINDA SCHLEEF: With
the audio, too. KEVIN DIXEY: With the audio. Yeah, audio and video. And then you have an account. We do a free account for you. And then we’ll send you an email
and say, OK, your file is here. And you can designate you
want it in Flash or QuickTime, or whatever format you want. So the iPad app version only
works with cameras currently. But it will do the front or the
back camera, speak into to it, and then it will upload
it to the same servers. LINDA SCHLEEF: Hm. This is Shakespeare in Bits. There are several
different plays available. This is Macbeth. So I can watch the play. Whoops. I didn’t mean to– yeah, yeah. That’s OK. I hate these things, don’t you? KEVIN DIXEY: Yeah, I think
it’s the one going to the– LINDA SCHLEEF: Anyway, I
can look at information about the characters. I can look at different scenes. I can look at the
language and have it translated into
more common English so that I can
understand it better. Huh, I guess that
means my time is up. But anyway, we could
do more another time if people are interested. Or we could meet in
the E-ATRC [INAUDIBLE] sometime, if people
are interested. And I could show you
what we have there. So let Justina know if that’s
something that you’d like. Thank you. Joanne, do you– oh, I didn’t
talk about Mount Vernon. Why don’t you? JOANNE CARNEY: We have a
grant to work with Washington Elementary School in Mount
Vernon School District . And it is really interesting
and illuminating for us to see how they are
going great guns with all of the mobile technologies,
iPod Touch and iPad. And just as Kevin was seeing
mostly going back and forth, really it’s useful to think
about the entire category of mobile technologies, because
they do much of the same thing. And of course we get
these little intimations that Apple is working
on a 7-inch iPad that will kind of bridge the
gap between here and there. Mount Vernon School
District, Washington School, they don’t have a
great deal of money, but they have iPod labs in
every one of the schools that is multiple carts of iPods
that they can wheel around, enough for all the children
in a given classroom. And they have a
technology specialist who has come up with all kinds
of activities for each of them. So I think what’s
going to happen is there is a potential
for really transforming K-12 teaching and
learning with these apps. And of course, these generations
who use these natively are coming toward us
in higher education. So it behooves us to keep up
with our clients, our students. I have not done as much with– I’m only teaching one class
right now because I’m a chair, and that tends to occupy
so much of my time. But I’ve been playing
around with QR codes. Have you done anything
with QR codes? They are really cool. Would you like me
to show something? JUSTINA BROWN: Yeah. That would be great. JOANNE CARNEY: Do know
what QR codes are? Would somebody like to explain
the theory, the device? LINDA SCHLEEF: I’m afraid
I can’t explain it. JOANNE CARNEY: They
look like this. They have these little boxes
with squigglies inside. If you look in stores,
you see them on displays. You see them on the
web all the time. Advertising in magazines. LINDA SCHLEEF: Houses for sale. JOANNE CARNEY Houses for sale. Just point your phone or iPad. KEVIN DIXEY: It’s a form
of bar code, really. SPEAKER 4: You need
an app to read it. LINDA SCHLEEF: It’s
a bar code that goes both ways, is the way
they explained it to us. KEVIN DIXEY: There’s QR
codes, and then there are three-colored QR codes,
which carry more information. QR codes are limited to
text, URLs, things like that. And then the multicolored
ones can hold a few times more information. SPEAKER 4: Got to love QR codes. JOANNE CARNEY: Now is
it going to work for us? You broke it, Linda. LINDA SCHLEEF: I probably did. KEVIN DIXEY: There you go. TONY YOUNG: While
she’s setting up, there are two things that
I’d like to quickly mention. In Marysville, the brand
new Marysville Getchell High School, one of their pods– they’re modeled after a Bill
Gates school, the 10th Street School, and every student
there has an iPad. Every student there has
an iPad and no books. They did not buy any books. They’re doing everything
electronically off of iPad. Interesting, I thought. Second, there is a junior
high school in Shoreline where every student has an iPad. I don’t know about the books. I don’t know if I can delete
all the books from that school, too. And Arne Duncan. You ever heard of Arne Duncan? Secretary of Education at the
national level, just yesterday said in three years they want
to do away with all textbooks and switch everything
to electronic devices. He did not use iPad
as the only brand. This concept, we’re
going to see, I think. Interesting. BRANDON DIETRICH: Can
I ask a quick question? JUSTINA BROWN: Yeah. BRANDON DIETRICH: So,
what kind of opportunities are there on campus
for getting– if we want to incorporate
this sort of stuff into what we’re doing, are
there programs available to us? Or is this something you
just have to write up a grant and hope that it goes through? JUSTINA BROWN: Yeah, I
think that’s it right now. There’s no iPads for check-out
in classroom services, but they do have some iPods. But they’re really being set
up for use as video cameras. BRANDON DIETRICH:
Is there a good set of resources for if you are
interested in trying to write a grant for this sort of thing? Do we have campus
resources that can help us? I mean, if we’re trying
to get money on the state level or the national level? LINDA SCHLEEF: You might think
about an STF grant, a student technology fee grant. That’s what we did. That’s what Tony did
for the 20 that we got. JUSTINA BROWN: That’s the
only thing I can think of. TONY YOUNG: We were
real interested in durability issues. That’s [INAUDIBLE]. I think an open
question on campus is, if you start checking
them out to everybody– JUSTINA BROWN: Yeah. One drop and– TONY YOUNG: How
long will they last? There is no answer
to that question. BRANDON DIETRICH: Well, I’m
curious in a little more controlled environment,
but still it would require quite a few. SEAN STOCKBURGER:
They make cases that are toddler-proof
that you could put them in. JUSTINA BROWN: Yeah,
foam ones, and all kinds. Yeah. JOANNE CARNEY: This thing
is a QR code generator. It’s called QR Stuff. Look at all the different data
types that you can turn into– JUSTINA BROWN: Can
you read them to us? JOANNE CARNEY:
Some sort of code. JUSTINA BROWN: Because
we can’t see them. JOANNE CARNEY: Website
URL, YouTube video, Google Maps location, which
is what I just capped upon. Happens to be San Francisco, but
I did one in this area earlier. Twitter. Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare,
Apple Store Download, iTunes Link. Plain Text, Telephone Number,
Skype Call, SMS Message, Email Address, Email Message,
Contact Details, Event, Wi-Fi Login, PayPal Buy Now. All of these can be turned into
codes that, when you scan them, something happens. And I’ll show you some that I
have created by using QR Stuff. Another one that is interesting
is an add-on to Firefox that enables you to
right-click on any web page, makes it a QR code. You scan it, boom, you
are at that web page. And I’ll show you that as well. Another one– this is
actually my favorite. And I was playing with this. You can type in something
and create a QR code in any of a number of languages. And it creates that
particular code, and when that then is
scanned, it speaks to you. I tried some of those. And as I said, we’re working
at Washington School. We’re just starting
our work, and we’re going to have a whole group of
interns for one program, eight of them going down. I’m just thinking– these
are large to show you. We could put a whole series
of little QR codes on a sheet, PDF it, send it to them,
and then they can use this to gather information
about Washington . School And here is a reader, a scanner
that I thought worked quite well, and it is iPad sized. Many of them are
made for phones. This one is for the
iPad, and you can do a scan from various things. And here is the one
I just showed you, I held up to show you. And what you can do is, you can
move and scan particular items. And it just scanned this,
and what you have then is– [VOICE FROM APP SPEAKING
SPANISH] My Spanish is pretty
rusty, but what I had done was typed in, “Welcome
to Washington School,” and asked for it to be
translated into Spanish. I can you return to that scan. And I can also– I had scanned a map, a
Google map of the school. LINDA SCHLEEF: Joanne, hang
onto that adapter for me, OK? JOANNE CARNEY: Yes. Actually we switched to Kevin’s. So our students can
simply point their phones, scan that little squiggly
code, and there’s where Washington School is
located in Mount Vernon. Something else that our
students really need to know, it’s got all kinds of
useful information, are the characteristics,
the demographics of that particular school. And going back to that very
same PDF that I created, this was the use of
that right-click gadget from Firefox. And I scanned the report card
of the student demographics at Washington Elementary School. So you see that this is a very
diverse school with about 64% of its population Hispanic. So we can hand our students
something like this. We can send it to them in email. Everything you need to
know for your first day at Washington Elementary. JUSTINA BROWN: Thank you. JOANNE CARNEY: You’re welcome. JUSTINA BROWN: Thank you,
everyone who’s still here. Make sure you have
signed in, and I’ll send you can email to follow
up with all those links. If you have a favorite
app or anything you want me to add to
the list, let me know.