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Mobile Technologies

DDS is able to provide support in a variety of areas related to mobile technologies. We are able to help faculty develop strategies to use their mobile devices both inside and outside of the classroom. This includes everything from using a tablet as a presentation tool to writing your latest research paper on an iPad. We can also help you find the perfect app to meet your instructional goals.

iPads

While there are a countless variety of mobile devices, much of our focus and expertise is around the Apple ecosystem of iPads and iPhones. We use these devices everyday to do our jobs. From taking notes and giving presentations to editing photos and creating screencasts even writing papers or grading them, DDS can help you get the most out of your iPad. A few of the areas that we have experience in are:

Selecting Apps

With almost 500,000 iPad apps, countless iPhone apps and mobile websites, it can be a daunting task to select an app. DDS is here to help. With our experience, expertise and resources, we can help you find the perfect app. If you just want to grade some assignments, play a video, discuss current events or, discuss the inner workings of a cell with your class; DDS can help.

Apps for Springboard

Desire2Learn (D2L), makers of Springboard, offers two mobile apps that can be used with your courses. Assignment Grader and Binderboth integrate with your existing courses.

Assignment Grader allows faculty to download student assignments that have been submitted to a Springboard dropbox, annotate, grade and submit feedback. All from the iPad.

Binder is an app targeted towards students but, can be valuable for faculty. It allows a user to save course materials to their device for offline viewing. More importantly, it allows a student to take notes, highlight, draw and markup course materials the same way they might do with paper handouts. The materials can even be printed, with all annotations.

iPad Essentials

If you plan on using your iPad in the classroom or as a productivity tool, there are a few items that you may want to have on hand.

  1. A 30-pin to VGA or Lightning to VGA connector.
  2. A 3.5mm Mini to RCA audio cable.

If you are interested in taking your iPad further, here are a few accessories you may find helpful:

Getting Help

For help picking out an app or determining if an iPad is right for you or your department, contact Patrick Tabatcher at pmt1@uakron.edu or x2432 to set up a consultation.

Additional Resources

Wheter you’re a novice or a ninja, these sites can help you take your skills to the next level:

  • Apple’s iPad in Educationsite
  • MacStories
    • The contributors to MacStories regularly write about many ways that you can automate and program apps on your iPad along with a variety of ways to use an iPad instead of a desktop computer for complex tasks.
  • Macademic
    • Focused primarily on academic workflows on the Mac, there are serveral posts on using iOS devices.
  • Workflows in Personal and Professional Productivity
    • A blog writen by an academic physician on how he uses technology, primarily Apple computers and iPads.
  • Mac Power Users
    • A podcast recorded by two attorney’s and how they use Apple technology (computers, iPads and iPhones) to solve a variety of tasks in life. Includes interviews with experts as well as listener questions and solutions.
  • The Sweet Setup
    • Reviews of the best apps for a given task. Covers both Mac and iOS application and includes a variety of tips on using technology.
  • Digital First: Video Resourcesfrom OSU
    • Videos from OSU demonstrating a variety of iPad apps.
  • Les Posen’s Presentation Magic
    • Lots of tips on using Keynote and other tools to present using the iPad

Saving Money on Apps

Often we find an app that we want. But, we don’t want to pay the $1.99, $4.99 or $9.99 that it may cost. That’s where AppShopper.com comes into play. AppShopper is a website that tracks app prices and updates.

As an example, let’s say you were interested in the app Shakespeare Pro. It may be a great app for your course or your area of expertise. Normally, the app is $9.99. Using AppShopper, you can view the full update and price history of the app: http://appshopper.com/education/shakespeare-pro. You could see that it has flucuated in price and that on January 15, 2014, it was marked down to free. With a free account on AppShopper, you could add that to your wishlist and receive notifications whenever there is an update or price drop.

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