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By Johan Geertsema
As part of a CIT trial my students and I each received an iPad last semester. But what is the added value of such technology for teaching? In this presentation, focusing in particular on mirroring screens by means of an Apple TV unit installed in the classroom, I will explain how we used the devices; I will also share the results of a student survey at the end of the semester.
After briefly explaining the classroom setup and the main apps we used, I will consider the chief benefits of teaching with iPads and an Apple TV:
enhanced interactivity through flipping screens, which enables increased discussion of course readings as well as student work (peer review)
community building by subverting teacher/learner hierarchies
the iPad as a vehicle for e-portfolios, with students learning how to record and organize their work
use of back channel to document classes
I will highlight some of the problems that came up, which ranged from technical issues to the pressures of multitasking, and will end by gesturing towards ways of taking this trial forward, in particular the possibility that flipping screens in large classes could help in flipping classes.
The presentation will as far as possible take the form of a hands-on demonstration: I plan to present using an iPad and Apple TV, show a video taken during class, and perhaps ask volunteer members of the audience to mirror their screens.