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“The art of apps and good teaching…”

On Monday, September 26th the Digital Learning Team, led by Sandra Saetama, WS ’13 conducted a workshop entitled “The art of apps and good teaching – iPods, iPod touches, and iPads – come play! Apps are applications often used for mobile devices such as iPods, iPhones, and iPads, downloaded or purchased. Sandra had done extensive research in apps for education. Many of theses apps for the iPad and iPod Touch were discussed and demonstrated. There were free apps and apps that cost up to $9.99. One example is  Dropbox a free app which can be used to share and sync documents between your computer and your mobile device such as the iPad. With this tool you are able to access and edit your documents wherever you are.

Evernote seems to be one of the most useful organizational application offered for free. With Evernote you can create different notes and make notebooks that act as “folders”. A cool feature about this app is that it enables you to record audio notes and save photo notes (Quick and easy!) Sharing with others is allowed, tagging your notes makes it easier when you are trying to search for a particular note. It is not just for iPod touches or iPads.  Evernote also syncs with your computer!

Wordnomads/AccelaStudy offers a wide range of language apps that could enhance classroom language learning and student practice. These apps target common phrases and provide audio aid for comprehension. For languages like Japanese and Chinese, there are apps that allow a user to correctly write characters.

Applications in fields like Mathematics, English, Geography, Biology are available as well . [the list of applications here?]

Asking students what applications they have played around in helping them in a certain subject can teach professors a new thing or two and consequently aid future students in a particular subject. The idea of incorporating technology as course support is more appealing to students as technology advances and could increase a student’s interest in learning and understanding a subject better.

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