Friday, December 28, 2012

Apps for Education in Higher Ed: 1:1 Goes to College

I'm thinking a lot lately about a 1:1 environment in higher ed. I'm going to be teaching in a high tech classroom this spring, and I'm working on rethinking my pedagogy accordingly. I'm debating about whether I should expect my students to come to class with a device every time we meet. At this point, I don't think I'll require it (it won't say so in the syllabus, anyway), but I'm curious to see how many will start to bring a laptop or tablet along anyway on a regular basis.

Photo courtesy Sean MacEntee (CC BY 2.0)
At any rate, I think the day is coming--and probably soon--when a tablet will be as commonplace in higher ed classrooms as they are becoming in elementary classrooms. MacFan that I am, I'm thinking especially about iPads right now. I'm wondering about the mindshift that will have to happen for professors to embrace tablets as a pedagogical tool? Because I'm convinced that tech tools should be able to transform teaching, and not just replace old assignments with newer, shinier versions of the old.

In that vein, I've started collecting resources for my own high-tech forays. I'm sharing them here for anyone who might benefit. To be fair, these come mostly from Twitter and Pinterest (thanks, friends!); they aren't my resources, and they might not be uniformly useful to you...I've just pulled them together here because they seem useful to me in some way.

My thoughts on how this might work are continuing to develop. I'll share results of my experiments and provide updates as my ideas for a 1:1 in higher ed continue to evolve. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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