Tablet devices have exploded onto the consumer scene over the past year, and are quickly finding their way into academics. While the Apple’s iPad has been the most widely adopted tablet, Droid based tablets, like the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy, are gaining momentum. Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) is exploring the future of these devices and their role in teaching and learning. Contact TLT at email@example.com or 278-5006 for more information.
Tablet usage among faculty is on the rise as more apps are being developed for education. Watch the Teaching with Tablets series, produced by Teaching and Learning Technologies, to see first-hand how Catherine McNeela, WIlliam S. Long Professor in Performing Arts, and Randy Piland, Senior Lecturer in the School of Communications and Technology Fellow, are using tablets.
Here are three ways you can participate in TLT’s tablet initiative:
Smaller than a laptop and larger than a smartphone, tablet devices are used to access and display content via a WiFi or 3G connection, capture video and images, and provide easy access to software (called “apps,” short for “applications”). Tablet screens are touch sensitive, which allows users to input information using their fingers and interact with apps using gestures.
Apps included with tablets allow you to browse the web, respond to email, and read books. Optional apps, some free and some for purchase, allow users to compose and annotate documents, project presentations, post blog entries, record audio, and take and organize notes. Content on your tablet can be synced with your computer via a USB cable or wirelessly via cloud technology. The ability to sync your content allows users to always have the most up-to-date versions of their files.