Jason Spartz (Instructional Technology) opened the session with the latest updates on Blackboard enhancements coming next semester. Some of the improvements include date management, badging, group management, and inline grading. Mobile apps will also be featured and, while on that subject, Spartz offered some illuminating data on mobile trends involving the dramatic increases in smart phone ownership and use.
Dr. Moni Berg-Binder (Biology) then took the group through a day in the life of a one of her botany classes, handing out iPads and providing a hands-on demonstration of how students use them to map experiments. Using her iPad and Doceri Desktop, Berg-Binder is able to roam freely through the classroom changing what appears on the big screen as she sees the need.
Dr. Kristen Selke (Math) and Dr. Demian Cho (Physics) followed up talking about their experiences using the technology. Selke says her iPad basically functions as a remote controller as she move through the classroom. She can take pictures of the student work and then put it up on the big screen to help others understand a concept.
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