Using Your Tablet in the Classroom: An App Summary

We just recently gave a talk about using tablets in the classroom for a Lunch and Learn session here at Princeton. The focus was to address how an instructor can not only use their tablet device for their personal life, but cross over and use the same device in the classroom to teach.

Tablets are becoming more and more popular with instructors and they are opting for them instead of carrying a laptop around. Once instructors get use to using the iPad or any tablet device for their daily personal tasks, it only makes sense that instructors would want to start venturing into use the tablet device for lecture and course work. Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Tablet use in the classroom also goes in the vein of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement which we have been seeing for years with students and instructors bringing their own laptops to class.

Below we have a summary of apps we tested (mostly iPad but a few can be found in the Google Play Store). We have also categorized them by topic. They are listed below: Continue reading “Using Your Tablet in the Classroom: An App Summary”

Lunch & Learn: iPad for Begin­ners

On Wednesday, September 19th, Janet Temos opened our Fall 2012 series of Lunch & Learn sessions by talking about iPads in Education. In her talk, Temos started by talking about the minimalism and simplicity of the user interface of a tablet. She demonstrated how the iPad has just two physical buttons, the home button, and the power button, and how different that is from the typical complex interfaces of most other technologies. She talked about the software interface of the iPad, and how to organize the device to make it work better for you as an individual. She then proceeded to show some of her favorite applications. For example, SlideShark allows a user to show PowerPoint slides, and use the iPad as a presentation device, instead of a bulky laptop.

In her demonstration of SlideShark, she gave an overview of her digital and media workflow in a given day, and explained how she chooses to use a PC, a tablet, or a laptop as she moves to meetings, her office, or other locations, taking notes, pictures, and writing all the while. She then talked about her transition to home from work, and how she uses an Apple TV device at home to wirelessly display and check on what she accomplished that day on her iPad. She talked about how soon here at Princeton, we might be able to use Apple TVs in the classroom to easily and wirelessly display the contents of one’s iPad on in-classroom displays.

Combining the ability to present with an iPad with the ease of walking into a classroom and displaying that presentation by just connecting wirelessly to the screen is (potentially) a much simpler setup for faculty who use technology to present in the classroom.

Temos’ rich discussion of mobile technologies also touched on the Kindle Fire, Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud, Dropbox,, Windows 8, Windows tablets, mobile keyboards, mouses, and a lot more.

Here is a screencast that Janet created specifically for our blog audience:

Janet Temos is the Director of the Educational Technologies Center at Princeton. She is a member of the Princeton class of 1982, and received her PhD at Princeton in 2001. The ETC helps faculty use technology in teaching and research, and includes Blackboard, the New Media Center, the Humanities Resource Center. We also offer consulting, training and outreach in educational technologies.

Lunch and Learn: William Howarth and Janet Temos – “Kindle on Fire”

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room B
Kindle on Fire: Big Changes in the Book World
William Howarth, Janet Temos
With the release of a new Kindle Fire in November 2011, has won a four-year race to the top of publishing. Sales of print books have dropped by one-third, while e-books have grown hugely among readers 50 and older. The entire book industry now comes in a box, built and serviced by Amazon.
Writers may sell directly to Amazon and earn 70% royalties, cutting out agents and publicists. Amazon then edits, prints, and sells e-books directly, all steps that builds relationships with readers, an advantage that traditional publishers never enjoyed.
This talk will survey these trends and examine the new Kindle Fire, a device that serves text, music, videos, games, and the Web in a small and attractive package costing $200, or 40% of the $500 entry-level iPad. We’ll look at the pros and cons of the Kindle Fire, compare it to the iPad and Nook, and try to speculate on future developments in the rapidly changing book world.
About the speakers:
William Howarth is Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton. A popular lecturer and innovative teacher, in over forty years he taught courses ranging from Shakespeare to Joyce, pre-colonial America to postmodern fiction. He also pioneered in bringing educational technology to teaching, research, and writing in the humanities.
Writing on a wide variety of topics, he has published thirteen books and over ninety articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and American Scholar. Writing as “Dana Hand,” he now collaborates on films and novels with Anne Matthews, and they are the publishers of Scarlet Oak Press, which produces e-book texts of classic fiction that inspires today’s major films.
Janet Temos is the Director of the Educational Technologies Center at Princeton. She is a member of the Princeton class of 1982, and received her PhD at Princeton in 2001. The ETC helps faculty use technology in teaching and research, and includes Blackboard, the New Media Center, the Humanities Resource Center. We also offer consulting, training and outreach in educational technologies.
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The Productive Scholar: Janie Hermann on Princeton Public Library Media Offerings

Want to learn a new language or download music for free and have it be legal? Gain free access to museums in NYC and other venues? Get free eBooks for your Kindle or iPad? Your local public library has the resources you need to do all of this and more from the comfort of your home computer. Learn about some of the different digital resources Princeton Public Library has to offer. We will cover Mango Languages, Films on Demand, Freegal, BrainFuse and give you a basic overview of all that the Alexander Street Press has to offer.

Speaker bio:
Janie Hermann (@janieh on twitter), in her role as Public Programming Librarian at the Princeton Public Library, is driven by both passion and boundless dedication to ensure that the public programs offered at the library not only meet but exceed the expectations of the Princeton Community. Each year she oversees about 1,600 public programs put together by the amazing team she considers privileged to work with. Her work at the library allows her to interact with a wide variety of local groups and organizations and she truly loves the connections she is able to make each day as a result. As a teacher, librarian, wife and mother, Janie has learned that the “devil is in the details” and you have to leave room for some spontaneous actions. Janie’s spare time is spent at hockey rinks cheering on her son or her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs when they are nearby.

The Productive Scholar: Lecture Capture on the Fly presented by Angel Brady

Thursday, October 6,
12:00 noon

***Oakes Lounge, Whig Hall***
Lecture Capture on the Fly:
Lecture Capture Apps

Angel Brady

Many great points and conversations come up during a lecture that faculty and students would like to revisit. You can easily record your lecture audio with a device such as the iPad using apps that are readily available for download with little equipment setup required . We will explore the different apps available for the iPad (and other mobile devices) and their features.
About the speaker:

Angel Brady is an Educational Technologist at the Humanities Resource Center at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was an Instructional Technologist and Training Specialist at Rider University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Link to presentation:


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