iPads in Higher Education
A couple of weeks ago, the first iPads in Higher Education Conference took place and iPad educators were proud to act as one of the sponsors for the event,
Additionally, myself and Luke presented as the final speakers despite being in Dubai and the conference being in Cyprus.
How did we achieve this? We used our patented combo of Facetime and Nearpod. Basically our setup was this:
FACETIME - We used this from one iPad to enable those at the conference to see us on their screen. If you take a look at the photo to the right, you can see us projected in the background. We use Facetime rather than Skype as we find it to be more reliable, especially in the UAE.
So they can see us and we can see them which is great but how can we present anything more than just our words if the screen is taken up already. Step up Nearpod.
NEARPOD - The beauty of Nearpod is that you don't need the projector and screen as your content is shared directly to the students' devices (or delegates' devices in this case.) This makes it the perfect choice for an interactive remote presentation.
We provided the PIN code at the start of the session and the delegates downloaded the presentation. This took a couple of minutes but one by one our virtual classroom filled up and we were able to begin.
So what were we actually presenting?
Not being Higher Education experts we considered our own experiences at University and it became clear that the idea of passive vs active learnjng was key. Lectures are innately passive and as such find themselves shackled with the smallest retention rates from students.
Step up Nearpod...again!
With the structure of lectures being fixed, often due to the volume of students, Nearpod offers an excellent solution to upgrading the way the content ispresented -
With its interactives, like polls, quizzes and annotation activities, the students would be more engaged and active in their absorption of the content.
It provides real time feedback so the lecturer can gauge the understanding around the room and adjust the flow of the lecture accordingly.
It can also track their understanding and progress using the data reports it can generate.
The session was very well received and we got some great feedback. Massive thanks to our friends at Nearpod for providing a Gold Subscription to give away to close out the session.
We have now received the link to the full conference proceedings, complete with breakdowns of all the sessions. It's an essential read for any educators working at this level who are looking to harness iPads in their lectures and seminars.
You can download the full document for free right now by clicking on the image to the right!
Alternatively you can download the file by clicking here.
You can also read Luke's blog for Nearpod about the first time we did the Nearpod/Facetime combo as keynote speakers for the iDiscover event in LA. (setting the unofficial record for world's longest distance Nearpod in the process!)
Huge thanks to conference director Nicos Souleles for having us as a part of theis wonderful event and we look forward to returning (maybe even in person this time) at the next event in 2016.