Enterprising educators have big plans for Apple?s new tablet
?I think we realize that at some point in the future, textbooks will be digital and that we?ll be using a device like the iPad in the classroom,? said George Saltsman, Director of Educational Technology for the?Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at Abilene Christian University, where the device will be used in two classes this fall. ?I don?t know that we?re ready to say that we?ll do that next year, but I do think that in five years all our students will be getting their texts digitally.?
Catalyst for classroom participation At?Abilene Christian?where the iPad is being distributed to 100 students in two pilot program classes?Dr. Ian Shepherd has designed his fall Econ 261 class to incorporate a?digital textbook from McGraw-Hill, the?Blackboard Learning Mobile app, as well as PDFs of supplemental texts. He?s perhaps most excited about the No Advance NOtice (NANO), an ACU-built assessment tool that lets him instantly quiz the entire class using polls, true-false questions and open-ended essay queries. He believes that tool will help him draw reticent students into classroom discussions. He?s taking aim at the ?20-80 Rule??the belief among educators that 20 percent of students dominate classroom time.