Using mobile devices to enhance fieldwork

Prof. Derek France from the University of Chester will be visiting the Geography Department on Wednesday 21st January to share his considerable experience of using technology to enhance student learning. Derek will be leading a hands-on seminar: ‘Enhancing fieldwork learning with Mobile devices’. This will take place from 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday 21st Jan, location TBC.Read more

Potential problem using TurnItIn's iPad App

Rob Howe from Northampton University reports a problem with the TurnItIn iPad app which results in loss of data.  The full description is in this blog posting Essentially, if the iPad user changes their iPad profile during a marking session, they will lose the data already marked, because the iPad thinks it belongs to somebodyRead more

Free Apps for New iDevices

Did you know that if you activated your iDevice on or after 1 September 2013 then you can download six key Apple applications (Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand) for free? These apps would normally set you back just over £25. All you need to do is register the serial number of your deviceRead more

Bringing Poetry to Life

Before the holidays, I attended part of a lecture by Clare Hutton from the English and Drama department who showcased The Waste Land app to her students. Clare is one of the recipients of a loan iPad and has been trialling it in a Teaching and Learning environment. For students studying TS Elliott’s notable poem,Read more

Miracasting from Android devices

Miracasting from Android devices In parallel with the Tablets in Teaching project, we have also been evaluating various Android devices as alternatives to Apple iPads. With the advent of Android 4.2, it has been possible to wirelessly project an Android screen onto an HDMI display.  By this we mean that anything on the mobile device’sRead more

8 Ways Screens Are Ruining Your Family's Life

I read an article titled “8 Ways Screens Are Ruining Your Family’s Life” based on an interview of more than a thousand children in America, in the Huffington Post. Conducted by a clinical instructor at Harvard, the study was to find out how technology was impacting the lives and relationships of children aged between 4Read more

The TurnItIn App for iPad

You may have heard that there is a new iPad app for using TurnItIn – including the GradeMark paperless marking tool – available for free from the App Store. This may be of interest to tutors who already have an iPad, and already use GradeMark. It probably isn’t a ‘killer App’ that by itself makesRead more

Tablets in teaching

Are you using a tablet in your teaching – either iPad or Android? If so, we’d like to hear from you. How are you using it? Have you found any particularly useful apps? What response have you had from students? We’re planning a ‘tablets in teaching’ project for next academic year and any feedback would beRead more

Go Swivl!

One of the constraints with current video lecture capture solutions is that the camera is in a fixed position so that, as presenter, you have to remain in the area around the podium if you wish to stay in shot. With colleagues in Teaching Support, we’ve been investigating professional tracking systems which enable the cameraRead more

Live mobile video streaming with Bambuser

Bambuser may sound like an instrument of magic from Harry Potter but it is in fact a Web 2.0 service (with associated smartphone apps) that makes it possible to broadcast over the Web live video from your phone, via 3G or wifi. In order to try it out, all you need to do is setRead more

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