SoTL in 10 minutes
There’s an app for
The best Apps
I am an
Apple person (iPhone and iPad), which means I can test or play with these
apps. Most apps also have Droid version, but you might have to do a
bit more searching. I’d love to hear what apps you like – come on,
share with the group!
First is a
video from Colgate University that walks you briefly (an obnoxious buzzer every
2 minutes) through the top 10 apps for iPad for college professors.
The best Apps again – because everyone has an
has organized his top 30 app list by academic purpose: Writing, Reading,
Thinking, Presenting and Organizing. Be sure to share them with your
students – they have just as many toys as we do!
You have to
click the internal links to get part 2 and 3 of the list of 30.
Smart phones as clickers
The CTL has
two sets of classroom clickers. Great, but you can’t all check them out
and use them every day. And your department doesn’t have the funds to buy
a set. But many of your students carry around the technological
capability in their pockets.
who attended the keynote speaker’s luncheon, she had us use a website (www.socrative.com) that has a lot of the
same features as the clicker systems – but for free! Faculty create
and manage their polls via the website but students can either respond via the
website or through an app. It sort of lets you track student answers - if
you make the first question “What is your name?” then you can track the student
alternative, the website Polleverywhere.com allows students to respond via text
message (any phone, not just smart phone) or computer/laptop but doesn’t have
the ability to track who answered which question – one question per poll.
clickers, and the software, afford you a lot more flexibility and data
collecting power – but these might be cheap and easy ways to see if this is
something you want to invest your time in. And remember, you can pass the
cost of the clickers to the students. The bookstore can sell the clicker
units; the app for Turning Technologies (CTL) works on a subscription basis.
iPads in lab
that this may not apply to all of you, but with very little time spent
searching, I have found wonderful apps that I and/or my students can use in the
lab in lieu of “actual” equipment.
table of the elements
(all the others are free, this one cost $40 but it has been clinically tested)
is taking flute lessons – and of course there is a flute fingering app.
What do you
wish you had – more of, better quality, more options? Spend some time in
your app store and you might be surprised what you find. If only 1/3 of
your students have smart phones or tablets, you can do an awful lot.
Bonus info –
thank you to Brian Lane for sharing this link to some Google apps that could be
useful to you and your students.