iPad group forms to share classroom and research experience
Part of maintaining NDSU’s status as a top-ranked research university includes using new technologies to advance knowledge. With the explosion of tablet computers, faculty and staff are forming a user group to discuss and share information on emerging mobile technologies and how they can be used in the classroom, research lab or office.
Gregory Cook, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, formed the NDSU iPads in Education and Research user group in June. More than 70 people signed up for the listserv in the first two weeks.
“I see the most important aspect is sharing experiences and how people are using it so we can get ideas from each other,” he said.
Cook uses his iPad for classroom and research presentations by connecting it to a projector. He also is looking into software that will allow him to remotely control his laptop and use his iPad like a white board. Many applications are geared toward education, but most are not used in higher education, Cook said. This is an emerging field of technology for university purposes, but it is promising.
“It’s just so much more mobile and versatile,” he said. “We haven’t scratched the surface of the possibilities to think outside the box. I’m looking forward to what this group comes up with.”
Plans are for the group to meet once this summer and to start meeting regularly in the fall to share experiences with using iPad technology on campus. A blog for the group is at ndsuipads.wordpress.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.