Session S34b (Tuesday, 9:30am, Wartik 105)

P427: Project iPad: Behind the scenes and lessons learned

Robert Shelton (Austin Peay State University, USA), Rebecca M. Jones (George Mason University, USA)

Being the first to implement new technology on your campus can be a demanding task.   Begun in Fall 2010, the iPad Project involved purchasing and setting-up a dozen iPads with apps; this has proven a time-consuming challenge.  Our project ideas also required wireless network access, a HD projector and AppleTV, all of which required resourceful configuration.  Once the iPads were configured and put into the hands of the students, additional lessons were learned related to distributing and collecting assignments.  In this presentation, examples of classroom activities will be described and demonstrated.  Student perceptions of this technology and its benefits were assessed pre- and post-semester and the results from these surveys will be discussed.  After successfully overcoming the obstacles, we present here a perspective on project logistics and valuable lessons learned.

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