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On Thursday, November 1, 2012, Educational Technology Services, Information Technology Services, McCain Library, and Center for Teaching and Learning sponsored an iPad Symposium that highlighted how five faculty members use iPads. 

  • Rosemary Cunningham uses the iPad to take attendence, grade papers, and take notes at meetings.
  • Rafael Ocasio is using the iPad to create an iBook on Latin American Cinema
  • Gundolf Graml uses the iPad to help manage his social media endevours.
  • Abraham Zablocki took the iPad on a sabatical and provided insights into how it can be used to improve language learning, build relationship with individuals when doing field studies, and reading documents.  He did find that it is no substitute for a laptop when conducting research and writing, but it is useful in other ways.
  • Lilia Harvey uses the iPad in class to demonstrate chemical concepts in 3D. 

Listed below are some of the apps that were recommended during this session.

  • iAnnotate
    Annotate PDFs, Word documents, and Excel documents. Rosemary Cunningham & Abraham Zablocki recommend this tool.
  • Penultimate
    Penultimate allows the user to write notes with a stylus. Notes may be emailed as a PDF. Rosemary Cunningham indicated that she uses this tool to grade student papers. She can upload their paper, mark items and provide notes. After she is done she can save a copy and email a copy to the student.
  • iBooks Authors
    Faculty can create a book that will be available on Agnes Scott's iTunes account. Rafael Ocasio is currently creating one on Latin American Film Studies.
  • GoodReader (iPhone, iTouch, iPad)
    Used to read PDFs and other documents. Able to annotate. Casey Long, User Education Librarian in McCain Library, used this tool when taking a class at Agnes Scott. She used the library databases to locate the assigned readings for class and then saved the pdf to her GoodReader account. Then she was able to underline, highlight, and annotate sections of the document as she read.
  • Wordpress App
    Gundolf uses this app to manage the German Studies blog. He is able to take a picture with the iPad and then upload the photo to a post through the app. He also intergrates twitter and GoodReads (to provide reading recommendations).
  • Flash Card Deluxe
    This costs about $5. Abraham Zablocki uses it to learn Tibetan language. He finds that it is easier to sort through the cards to get to the words that may be more difficult for the person trying to learn the language based on terms the user got incorrect previously.
  • Built-in iPad Photo App
    When doing field work and meeting with a lot of different people, the iPad photo app allowed Abraham Zablocki to create an album of his experiences so the people he was visiting could quickly see photos from his experiences.
  • Dropbox
    Does not require an iPad, but the iPad app makes it easy to access and edit. Dropbox allows users to store documents into a cloud space and sync with a desktop or iPad version of the program. Files may be shared between individuals. If the user signs up with a valid academic email they will receive extra space. Several faculty use this as a place to store important papers.
  • iSpartan
    A chemistry app useful in the classroom to learn about the structure of molecules. It costs about $20. Lilia Harvey uses it in class to show the three dementional nature of a element.
  • The Elements
    This is another Chemistry specific app that provides 3-D images of elements in the periodic table.
  • Wolfram Alpha
    An app that does computations to answer your question. Primarily useful for doing computations in math or chemistry.
  • Attendance
    Rosemary Cunningham reports that she uses this app to keep track of her classes. She says it has helped her remember to keep track of attendance and is easy to use.

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