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UMichigan Professor Uses iPads to Remake the Chalkboard

Apple's big education announcement may be January 19th in New York City, but that doesn't mean Apple is the only company innovating in the educational space. University of Michigan professor Perry Samson has developed an iPad app called LectureTools that Samson hopes can turn laptops and iPads from a way to distract bored students into an interactive learning tool that keeps them engaged.


The Chronicle of Higher Education explains:
For the app to be fully utilized, all of the students and the professor would need either an iPad or a laptop loaded with the software as they sit in the classroom. Then the instructor could use the iPad app to present slides that would show up on every student’s screen and allow any student in the room to annotate the slides or ask a question. For instance, students could highlight points on a map using their iPads, and the group of responses would be visible—anonymously—to the entire class. Mr. Samson said the app freed him from the podium.
The app tracks students classroom participation, something Samson says could be used to spot early warning signs in students who may be having difficulty with the material. 20 classes are using LectureTools at the University of Michigan, but it's also being used at Ohio State and Michigan State.

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Posted: 33 months ago
All fine and dandy until one of those "Anonymous" markups is a giant penis over your Geometry lesson.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago
For the record (as the "Professor" in the story) I have described how I teach class with my iPad + laptop at http://www.sageonstage.com (http://www.sageonstage.com). I can draw on my slides, the students can draw on my slides but only on their own copy using LectureTools (http://www.lecturetools.com).

Students without iPads can use laptops. Students without laptops can text in their answers to questions on a cell phone. Students without cell phones, laptops or iPads (or who choose not to bring them) can hand in their answers on paper and I can credit their effort.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago
Folks - read this professor's blog. It has a very interesting and readable discussion of the tool. Despite the fact he is at UM his use of the tools is very interesting and finally gets us back to the roller equipped overhead.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago

Not every student has the $500 textbook for the class.

Oh wait, yes they do, because it's a listed required material.


No, they don't. Many students make do with course reserves from the library.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago

Also, who would pay for iPads and laptops for each student? Because not all students have these.


Not every student has the $500 textbook for the class.

Oh wait, yes they do, because it's a listed required material.

The same person will pay for the iPad as the person who paid for the textbook, be it scholarship money, the student themselves, or the parent.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago
Sounds fun, but it makes students focus on their own personal device instead on the same physical board. All students looking at the same board can create a stronger "group bond" in a way, I think.

Also, who would pay for iPads and laptops for each student? Because not all students have these.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago

All fine and dandy until one of those "Anonymous" markups is a giant penis over your Geometry lesson.


I was thinking the same thing. It would have to be anonymous to the class, but have the teacher be able to know who drew the inappropriate picture.

I don't really think it seems necessary be able to draw during a lecture, interactive quizzes seem just as beneficial without trying to interpret other students writing. I could maybe see something like a share button where the teacher could ask for a question, then on person raises their hand and can submit the work to the teacher for review and have it displayed.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago

All fine and dandy until one of those "Anonymous" markups is a giant penis over your Geometry lesson.


I'm sure there are ways around that. These interactive things have been around long enough so that the programmers know about it & can put in workarounds if they choose to.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 33 months ago
Go Blue baby!:D
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Posted: 33 months ago

Folks - read this professor's blog. It has a very interesting and readable discussion of the tool. Despite the fact he is at UM his use of the tools is very interesting and finally gets us back to the roller equipped overhead.


What do you mean despite the fact he is at UM? :O
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