iPad Initiative Gets Underway with Kick-Off Event

Kristen Linnartz

Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Springfield College
Photo courtesy of Springfield College

On Monday, April 13 there was an interactive session around the use of iPads on campus surrounding the theme of Humanics, a theme that anyone on the Springfield College campus practices on a day-to-day basis.

In the Harold C. Smith room in Judd Gymnasia at 12 p.m. Elizabeth Morgan from the department of psychology, Kate Snyder from the department of Education and Ian Camera a Development Executive for Apple Education gave a presentation about the impact on iPads in the classroom.

The aim of this event was to help faculty members and students improve their productivity and enhance the learning environment on the Springfield College campus. The apps that can be downloaded and stored on the iPads enabling a new dimension of access and bringing more resources to students and faculty to gain more class engagement and strengthen their abilities.

As teachers and students sat at the tables with there provided lunch and iPads, there was a stack of post-its notes where people were told to write down one way you demonstrate the Humanics philosophy to get the program started.

Snyder followed that up by having people use the iAnnotate .pdf app in order to create mind maps. Everyone followed along on their iPads thus proving how interactive future classrooms can be.

Snyder shaped her lesson around the common philosophy of Humanics. During the lesson, there were people going around answering questions and helping people with some issues they were facing so everyone in the room could better understand the use of iPads in the classroom.

The importance of this informational presentation was that it wasn’t set up like a lecture instead it was a simple interactive way for people to stayed entertained and constantly learn simultaneously.

Morgan explained some of the apps that can downloaded onto the iPads are like the iClickers used in many of the current classes. The audience used the iPads to take quizzes surrounding spirit, mind and body to see how effective iPads can be in classroom settings, revolving around quizzes and gathering information. The conclusion, they can be useful in generating classroom discussions and so many other aspects because the audience was able to not only learn but actually experience each lesson.

After this, they asked professors how they used their iPads in the classroom. Many talked about how they used different apps and at different off campus activities that require hands on experience, and iPads can be very useful instead of bringing a computer. They wanted to give the user experience for education.

Camera spoke on his experiences with Apple and being a former professor on how effective iPads can be in such classroom settings. He touched on the aspects from Apple’s point of view and also a teaching point of view.

“What I see here is faculty thinking very clearly about what they want to do in their classes,” said Camera, “how to achieve particular objectives in class and what are the best, simplest, easiest tools to do just that.”

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