NORTHEAST – Over the last several months, Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast administration and faculty have been researching best practices in utilizing the iPad as an instructional aid in college classrooms. This includes a taskforce led by Clifford Clarke, executive director of computer and technology services, which has worked closely with the schools’ deans and the director of instructional technology.
Two Apple, Inc. professionals will visit the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) on Tuesday, Sept. 6 as part of the faculty and staff professional development day while students enjoy the final day of their Labor Day break. The sessions will be lecture-style in nature with Q&A throughout.
Mary Ann Fricker and Jason Bruder will present three informative sessions on how Higher Ed staff and faculty can use the iPad in the classroom. The sessions will highlight how to use the iPad platform to aid student accessibility and enhance presentations, how to leverage available productivity applications in the academic setting, and will expose faculty and staff to content specifically designed for the iPad platform. Ivy Tech has limited seating for local higher education institutions on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested individuals may request a seat with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “iPad PPD” in the subject line.
Sessions on Tuesday, Sept. 6
- Accessibility and iPad
11 a.m. to noon, Coliseum Campus, Rooms CC1360 and CC1361
How to leverage the iPad’s native accessibility tools like text-to-speech, zooming, and dictation. These tools can be helpful in day-to-day operations as well as when working with students needing remediation, those self-identified as needing disability service, and in the delivery of course materials and presentations.
- Productivity and iPad
1:15 to 2:45 p.m., Coliseum Campus, Rooms CC1360 and CC1361
How to leverage iPad applications to increase productivity. This session will demonstrate some popular productivity applications.
- Content for iPad
3 to 4:30 p.m., Coliseum Campus, Rooms CC1360 and CC1361
How to leverage content specifically available for the Apple operating system from the Web, iTunesU, the Apple App Store, and iBooks.
Tova Wiegand Green, dean of the School of Health Sciences, already has her faculty on board this semester to implement the use of many apps for demonstration in instruction and hands-on learning for complex concepts that would otherwise require additional time and money investment.
“Over the next three years, I could see having at least one or two programs that will move textbooks and resources entirely to the iPad,” said Tova Wiegand Green, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “These tablets enhance student learning and savings, and it is a matter of adapting to the technology that is already in the workplace.”
Some apps that will be utilized include:
- SoundBuilder teaches students about heart sounds and shows animation of the heart muscle in action. It will be used in the classroom to show students how to place a stethoscope, as they will see and hear a heart in motion.
- HHMI Click and Learn is Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive app that explores topics in biology in an interactive way, including video and animation. There are plans to use this app in five courses, and an example scenario would be the immunology primer.
- My Clinic covers the business side of health care. Students will learn about hiring staff, setting a medical office, saving up for a building based on capacity of patients, among others.
- Muscle Trigger Points will be used in the Massage Therapy program to help students find landmarks more quickly than just flipping through a book.
- drchrono EHR allows the user to set up electronic health records to get the flow of what actually happens during this process. In the real-world, this app could sync to real records.
In future semesters, apps like 3D CellStain and other biology, chemistry, and anatomy & physiology apps will be implemented in the classroom as an instructional tool.
“The way in which iPads allow us to interact with and access information in itself is very creative and can lead to innovation,” said Andaz Ahmad, director of instructional technology. “The use of touch is natural and having multiple types and varieties of content and apps readily available can lead to idea generation.”
About Mary Ann Fricker
Mary Ann Fricker has worked in education sales and marketing for more than 20 years with Apple, Inc. She is currently an education development executive for Apple focused on emerging trends and strategic initiatives for the Central U.S. higher education channel. She enjoys working with schools across the Midwest showcasing technology in the classroom.
About Jason Bruder
Jason Bruder is a Systems Engineer with Apple’s Education Team, based in Indianapolis, working with education institutions in Indiana and Ohio. Prior to becoming a systems engineer, Bruder was responsible for the administration of more than 12,000 Macintosh computers at Chicago Public Schools. He earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan and is pursuing an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech serves nearly 200,000 students annually and has campuses throughout Indiana. It functions as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.