An App-tastic Holiday Break
Ring in 2017 with new iPad apps for classroom learning.
By Jackie Hoermann-Elliott
Since when did iPads become children’s toys?
That’s a joke, of course, but maybe you can relate. The person who uses the iPad most frequently in our house is in kindergarten. As I was watching her tinker away on her iPad the other day, I started to remember how much I loved teaching with the iPad five years ago.
I asked TCU Koehler Center Senior Faculty Developer Joanna Schmidt about her experiences with iPad teaching and training at TCU. Schmidt said that very few faculty members make use of the iPad, but some occasionally refer to the Koehler Center’s Discipline-Specific iPad App Gallery for tried and true faculty favorites.
What’s even cooler and coming down the pipeline for next semester are all the apps that sync with TCU’s new online learning platform, TCU Online–also known as Brightspace by D2L. Schmidt shared with us the top 4 apps designed by Brightspace for students and faculty to use.
For good measure, I thought I’d throw in a few more tried-and-true favorites, like Remote Mouse, which is easy to download to an iPad or iPhone and takes up minimal storage space. Want to walk around your classroom with a clicker in hand? Your iPad can become that clicker with this app.
If you’re more low-maintenance tech and you don’t want to ask students to download their own app for learning, then try Kahoot! as an
alternative to Socrative. What’s the difference? Kahoot! provides codes for users to join quizzes. Our faculty friends in the nursing school really enjoy this app because it’s user-friendly design is simple, fun, and non-intimidating.
Don’t forget you can video and audio record on your iPad, too! Dr. Fran Huckaby in TCU’s College of Education uses iPads to film public school education advocates she researches. Imagine what you (or your students) could do with video recording on an iPad.