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And more questions than answers at this point:With the use of technology and highly interactive pedagogical approaches, how can we ensure time for integrative and reflective thinking? Does use of the iPad help or hinder the building of community? Does the iPad distract from learning? Do mobile technologies provide broader opportunities for cheating?
Faculty and staff at Seton Hill, a liberal arts university, have seized the opportunity to experiment with and improve, the learning experience. In early spring 2010, the university decided to provide iPads to all full-time students in the coming fall.
Early assessment data show that faculty use the iPads in several areas:
Immediate and Authentic Information Gathering: Google Earth in history class; pulling up information about a piece of art on display while in the art gallery; researching information presented in class
Instruction and Reinforcement: using apps for building resource directories for small group discussions; creating excitement about writing; illustrating concepts taught in class; back-channeling to allow the active participation of students of all abilities
Instructional and Student Presentations: using interactive games to illustrate concepts; pulling statistical information to support or refute an argument; having students in laboratories view podcasts on instructions for the experiment
And for an interesting opposing viewpoint, read David Parry, assistant professor of emerging media and communications at the University of Texas, Dallas. "Here is my advice, instead of convincing the powers that be to buy iPads for your school, spend the money on investing in and writing an open source textbook, now that would be good for education." The Chronicle, Feb. 8, 2011