The third and final iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club was held last week and 10 colleagues attended it. I would like to thank the HEA for the funds to organise these three sessions and there are plans to continue the coffee club sessions next academic year based on attendees’ positive feedback.
Colleagues liked the informal and relaxed atmosphere of the sessions which provided them the opportunity to learn from their peers and from the facilitator
“A great informal get together and opportunity to discuss ways in which to maximise the use of the iPad.”
“I liked the informal and relaxed nature of them, and the two-way flow of ideas.”
“Communication with other tablet users is good to get ideas for better downloads.”
I shared several apps (below) at the session which the attendees found useful.
Word Clouds – this app allows you to “word clouds” from text that you provide
UniApp – The University of Huddersfield app allows you to renew your library books and retrieve colleagues’ contact details when you are away from your desk. You can also call colleagues via the app if you have an iPhone or Android smartphone.
MS Office (Word, Excel & Powerpoint) – You can only use the read-only functionality of these apps unless you have Office 365 subscription. Cloudon was suggested as an alternative word processing app which is free.
TED – The Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference app provides you access to lots of short insightful talks that will inspire and educate you.
Yammer – This social app enables you to connect with other University colleagues. It is the in-house twitter for professionals.
Find iPhone – This free Apple app is great for tracking your iOS device (iPhone, iPad and iPad mini) in case it gets lost or stolen. It enables you to also erase your data if your device was ever stolen. You get the best out of this app if you also use the pass code functionality on your iOS devices.
Goodreads – A great app to track your reading especially if you read a lot of books. It also allows you to follow family, friends and colleagues who also love reading books.
Kindle – If you buy books from Amazon and don’t mind reading e-books then the Kindle app is a good app to get for free. There are lots of free Kindle books available if you aren’t keen on buying e-books or just want to test that e-reading is for you.
I plan to write up this week, the final report on “Piloting the iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club at the University of Huddersfield”. This report, like all other funded ‘Changing the Learning Landscape’ (CLL) projects, is due for submission to the HEA at the end of this month.