LectureTools is a web-based alternative to dedicated electronic voting systems (aka clickers) such as Turning Point which we use here at Loughborough. Developed by Dr Perry Samson, a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan, the service was acquired this year by Echo 360, the company behind our ReVIEW lecture capture service. In many respectsRead 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 Learning and Teaching: MELSIG event 6th Sept

Smart Devices for Learning #2: using smartphones, tablets and apps to enhance learning Host: University of Huddersfield, for MELSIG (Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group) Date: Friday 6th September 2013 Description: Building on the interest and success of the first MELSIG smart device special focus event in February, academics, educational developers and learning technologists will haveRead more

Tablets in Learning and Teaching: project at Huddersfield

We’re not the only institution running a project looking at the use of tablets by academics. A colleague forwarded to me details of the BERA-funded BJET iPad project at the University of Huddersfield, run by Olaojo Aiyegbayo from the University’s Teaching and Learning Institute. This is interesting for a number of reasons, not least becauseRead more

Tablets in Learning and Teaching: more on AirServer

We’ve been doing more testing with the ‘AirServer’ mirroring application for iPad and iPhone, this time with paid-for licences rather than the free trial! An educational licence is only $11.99, and actually covers 3 PCs, so it doesn’t really break the bank. Here are some of the things we’ve found: – It doesn’t matter whetherRead more

Tablets in Learning and Teaching: VideoScribe

As part of the TiLT project, we’ve been looking at different tools for presenting in the teaching room which work well with (or depend on) the use of tablets. VideoScribe is a desktop application (and iPad app) that allows you to create what are variously referred to as ‘whiteboard animations’ or ‘fast drawing’. The visualRead more

Tablets in Learning and Teaching: response to call for involvement

Last Friday lunchtime I posted an announcement to academic staff via Learn [for non Loughborough staff: Moodle] requesting expressions of interest in our Tablets in Learning and Teaching project for next academic year. I was amazed by the response, with 40 expressions of interest received to date. At a time when it can be difficultRead more

Tablets in Learning and Teaching: Electric Slide

Yesterday I was one of the presenters at our lecture capture conference (about which more in my next post). I’d decided that hosting the event, giving the welcome address, presenting a workshop session, and chairing the closing plenary wasn’t stressful enough (!) so I decided to try ouy our new iPad Mini as a presentationRead more

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