Apps for the Commuter: Update

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

In January I shared how I make the most of my commute by having VoiceOver read books and articles to me: Apps for the Commuter.  I’m attending an Apple Leadership event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino today, and I just found out a better way to use VoiceOver.  I’ve always thought I had to turn it on and have it on for everything.  It turns out there is a shortcut that makes it easier to turn on and off on the fly.  Here are the directions. « Read the rest of this entry »


My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: iPad: Paper or Computer?

August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on August 25, 2010 at NITLE’s Techne blog,

iPad as Paper

Since we started asking the NITLE community to vote on their favorite apps for teaching and learning, I’ve been thinking about how faculty, in particular, might use the iPad.  Our app survey was prompted by a conversation I had last week with Jeffrey Wetherill, Director of Instructional and Research Technology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  He gave me this very practical list of questions he expects to hear from faculty:

  • how to print
  • how to teach with it
  • how to move files around

I was particularly struck by the first question, “how to print,” because as an iPad user, that one never occurred to me.  In fact, I purchased an iPad so I wouldn’t have to print, and I think that the iPad may help faculty reduce their need for printing. « Read the rest of this entry »

My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning at Small Liberal Arts Colleges?

August 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on August 19, 2010 at NITLE’s Techne blog,

It seems like every day there is a new story about iPads being handed out on campuses. Here is today’s Chronicle story: Williston State, in North Dakota, Gives iPads to Its Full-Time Professors.  One quote caught my eye, “Mr. Grunenwald isn’t sure how he will use the new tool in his teaching.”  My colleague Ruben Ruiz asked much the same question in a recent discussion on our nitle-it email list.  His query about translating the iPad’s popularity into practical classroom engagements initiated a discussion of managing iPads lent out by institutions.  One question prompted by that discussion is, “What apps do you put on it?”

There are now over 18,000 apps available, a number that was the topic of a recently closed NITLE Futures Market.  So, how do you cut that list down to the best apps that faculty or students would want to use if you were giving them the iPad (as opposed to those who make the decision to buy it themselves). « Read the rest of this entry »

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