5 Ways Instructors are Using the iPad® in the Classroom

Now that Globe University and Minnesota School of Business (GU/MSB) welcomed the lightweight Apple iPad® into the classroom this past summer quarter, we wanted to learn how the instructors are using the iPad in the classroom. We reached out to the instructors at the Globe University-Woodbury campus to learn how they are implementing the iPad in their courses.

“The iPad has been a great tool,” said Ron Seiford, Globe University-Woodbury instructor. “My current class loves the iPad. I am able to access information and demonstrate how it is used in finance along with the students. I wish that I had something like this when I was a student.”

Below are just a few ways some of the instructors at the Woodbury campus are getting “appy” with the iPad in the classroom.

Architectural Drafting and Design Program

Architectural Drafting & Design Program Chair, Heather Scavo and her students using the iPad in class.

1. Interact:

Interactive Media and Graphic Design instructor Craig Creeger said that using the app called Socrative to gather immediate, anonymous feedback from students has enabled him to evaluate how well the students are learning the material.

ShowMe is another app that creates Kahn Academy-style presentations. This app allows instructors to record their voice while writing notes on the virtual whiteboard. They can even include photos and screen shots. This can be a great way to present material if instructors are gone for a class period and need a sub, according to Creeger.

“Using the Apple TV app, students can display this information on the big screen and explain or defend their ideas to other students. This makes this class interactive, relevant and personalized for each student,” said Thomas Hakko, business management instructor.

2. Create:

“My class used an app called Magic Plan that snaps a picture of the room and gives us more ‘straight’ lines for walls with the dimensions for field measurements,” said Heather Scavo, architectural drafting and design program chair. She also said that her class has completed experiments with field measurements for a floor plan on the iPad versus hand-sketching a floor plan.

3. Manage:

Evernote is a great program for our graduating students to use to organize their thoughts for their final project. This app allows students to keep related ideas, pictures, notes, webpages, etc. all within reach to for their final project.

4. Access:

Kristie Kellis, social sciences and Foundations of Writing instructor, explained how she has video-recorded exact instructions for completing complex assignments.  “I was able to hold up the exact section in the book and explain step-by-step the process for completing the work. This allowed the students to watch the recording of the explanations while doing their work at home.”

Kellis also commented on how she plans to video certain lectures for students to refer back to while at home. “Students are very excited about this,” she said.

5. Learn:

“The students and I have downloaded a flashcard site where they can create virtual flashcards for each unit we study and can be utilized comprehensively,” said Theresa Faustini, Globe University-Woodbury medical terminology instructor. “We have downloaded and used a medical terminology word scramble app that is specific to each body system.”

Students in the business programs have set up Twitter accounts for their “business side” and have followed each other and the same 50 Best Small Business Tweeters or 100 Best Business Tweeters in Leadership, Management and Technology. “They use this up-to-date information to provide current perspectives on the topics we are covering in class and sharing information with each other,” according to Allison Broeren, Globe University-Woodbury campus business program chair.

“There are many opportunities to use the iPad effectively in the classroom,” Creeger said. “As an instructor, it is my responsibility to figure out the best way to turn the iPad into a truly effective teaching tool. I feel like I’m getting closer, but there is still a ways to go.”

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