MARCH IPAD (AND OTHER TABLETS) COFFEE CLUB

Image by Jane Gaffikin
                                                                                 Image by Jane Gaffikin

 

I facilitated another iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club session yesterday; the third one for this academic year. 15 colleagues attended the session. Some of the apps mentioned at the event included:

Video Enhanced Observation (VEO) – teaching observation app developed by Newcastle University staff

Paper – drawing app

Timer+ – timer app which can be used for presentations

Scannable – scanning app

Camscanner – another scanning app

Edtech Teacher – iPad teaching video tutorial app for schools but some tutorials could be customised for University teaching.

I also got Coffee Club attendees to share the following apps via Padlet.

Cloud storage apps

Dropbox

Google Drive

iCloud

Google Docs

Word processing apps

Word

Evernote

Pages

Google Docs

Notes

Research apps

Browzine

Twitter

Evernote

Zotpad

iAnnotate

Teaching app

Socrative

If you want more apps then go to the University of Huddersfield’s iPark website for a useful list of categorised iPad and Android apps.

I remotely connected my iPad to the projector using the Air Server software for app demonstration purposes and experienced WiFi connectivity issues during the session. This was frustrating as it disrupted the flow of the event. I was repeatedly logged out of Air Server and had difficulty connecting with the software because the WiFi connection was unstable. The Padlet activity which required Coffee Club attendees to access their mobile web browsers in order to do the task was also affected by the poor WiFi connection.

Poor institutional WiFi infrastructure is one constraint preventing academics and students from maximising the use of smart mobile devices for teaching and learning purposes. This problem is prevalent in the HE sector and until it is resolved, the power and potential of M-Learning in HEIs will not be fully realised.

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