iPads in the Hands of Students
Many of us across Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State have been working to better understand the affordances of the iPad in an educational setting. We have been looking at how these tools support the notions of faculty and student practice -- from teaching, research, learning, and lifestyle perspectives.
While we have discovered limitations we are collectively convinced there are affordances embedded in these devices that will challenge practice. To this end we are working with selected faculty in English and Composition to put the devices into the hands of students to better understand how a multi-function mobile device can be taken advantage of. Additionally we will be looking at how new teachers might think about using the iPad to enhance their teaching.
Starting in the Fall of 2010 and continuing through Spring 2011, TLT will work with two sections a semester where every student and faculty member not only has a iPad, but also a digital toolkit to evaluate and use as they work through their respective courses. This space will track our discoveries, reflections, and challenges while in process.
Currently our team consists of:
- Stuart Selber
- Cole Camplese
- Matt Meyer
- Erin Long
- Michael Faris
- Patricia Gael