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Fall 2013 iPad Classroom Projects

Faculty School/Course Title Number of Students


Sandy Buczynski



Curriculum and Methods of Secondary Math and Science Teaching in a Global Classroom 10
Biography Dr. Buczynski has worked as both a research scientist as well as an educator. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology and worked in research while obtaining a Masters in Public Health in University of Texas, Houston. In 1978, she obtained her lifetime teaching credential in science education and has been teaching biology ever since. In addition to teaching at USD, she is also on the Board of Directors for Nativity Preparatory academy, serves on the advisory board for Science Scope, and volunteers for the American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education.
Brief Description In this class, Dr. Buczynski is planning on ordering an e-book to put on her student's iPads. They will plan on browsing the web, and compiling resources in order to learn how to create sound pedagogy for this 21st century learning environment. She plans on creating a paperles classroom by incorporating Powerpoint and Prezi presentations, quizzes, and communication occuring within the class.


Derrick Cartwright



Art of the 20th Century in Europe 33
Biography Derrick Cartwright has taught a variety of art history courses at USD, most of them between 1992 and 1998, when he was an Assistant Professor in the department. He has also led major art institutions in Giverny, France, in Hanover, New Hampshire, San Diego, and Seattle before returning to USD in the fall of 2012 to fill a newly created position as Director of University Galleries and Professor of Practice. He is eager to engage students in the practical dimensions of working with art objects and collections as well as in the theoretical stakes of art historical research.
Brief Description This art history course will benefit from the iPad project by being able to view a large amount of art images during lectures. I plan on using a curator app and apps from museum sites to suppliment their experience. This course will be focusing on 20th century art and will be the first time that the Art History department will be using iPad technology in the classroom.
Outcomes Students had a greater access to the high quality images and new information about the material covered in the course. Student also gained a greater sense of the experimental value of the iPad as a teaching tool for art history discipline.


Carl Rebman



Managment Information Systems 11
Biography Carl Rebman Jr. is an associate professor of Information Systems and Information Technology, which provides outreach programs for continuing education students, certificate and training programs for local San Diego IT companies, and research presentations. He is also a member of the San Diego Information Technology Directors group and serves on the editorial board of several journals.
Brief Description The use of the iPads in the classroom will make students aware of Information Systems in an organization and identifying where it holds a strategic advantage. Because this is a W writing course, students will be using the iPad as well for their writing and research projects. Also, collecting and assessing data, as well as sharing it with classmates will be made much easier with the use of iPad technology in the classroom.


Leeva Chung



Global and Virtual Teams 25

Dr. Leeva C. Chung is a professor at the University of San Diego on the faculties of both the Department of Communication Studies and Ethnic Studies, often teaching abroad USD faculty-led programs. She enjoys teaching intercultural communication, global teams, ethnic identity, and interaction. Her research interests include ethnic and global identity, intergroup perceptions, and pop culture. She has published in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Communication Research Reports. Her most recent publication is the 2nd edition of Understanding Intercultural Communication, co-authored with Stella Ting-Toomey. Leeva is the 2007 winner of the USD's Innovations in Experiential Education Award and 2012 Davies Teaching Excellence Award.

Brief Description This class is a hands-on, real-world assessment of teams, virtual teams, and marketing decsions. The iPad will be used to inspire the team to interact, coordinate together, meet virtually with their teams and other teams abroad. They will encounter cultural differences, learn to appreciate working with individuals different from themselves, and learn to interact as global workers in the real world. I will also be using online lectures, blogs, uploaded vidoes and social media apps to enhance the class experience.

Students were meant to use their iPads as a tool for communication. With apps like Skype, Google Hangouts, and Blackboard collaborate. The iPads were also used to more interactivity for an online based class. Unexpectedly the iPads were not used for class research or integrating with learning. Students did not use Youtube as expected and the iPads became a distraction during team meetings.


Bradley Bond



Children and Media 30
Biography Bradley Bond joined the department of Communication Studied in 2012 after an appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow with the Children's Digital Media Center in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University. Bond offers courses on media effects and communication research methods. Bond's research focuses on the relationship between media exposure, health, and identity. His current work examines the influence of media on the sexual identity and sexual health of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents.
Course Description Students will integrate community service learning experiences alongside coursework with their iPads. They will be expected to digitally document their experiences with children with the use of Blackboard Mobile Learn and iMovie. Once students create their video blogs (or vlogs) they will upload them to Blackboard and be required to comment on each other's videos as well. It is my hope that the integration of iPads and digital media will create more personal investment in the assignments.


Eric Pierson



Intro to Media Studies 20
Biography Eric Pierson joined the faculty at USD in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty he spent five years teaching at the University of Illinois st Urbana-Champaign. He has taught a variety of courses in the Communication Studies department, but focuses on the contruction of images in the mass media and in issues of media literacy. He has also developed a British Media Systems course which is taught abroad, and an Independent Cinema course that is taught in Park City, Utah.
Course Description This course will benefit from the iPads because students will be able to see first hand how technology affects communication. We will use the device to assess the quality of communication as well as the frequency of the communication. I will have the freedom to assign more online materials with short notice. I have been reluctant to assign web-based and online materials because I could not be certain that all students would have equal access. Now the iPads can ensure this because a student's immediate reaction to a piece of media is often times the most honest.


John Yin



Natural Disasters 16
Biography Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD, came to USD in 2003 after teaching at Georgia State University in Atlanta for 12 years. He offers classes in earth science, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. His research focus is hydroclimatology, with special interests in recent and past climate variations and the impact on hydrological systems and water resources.
Course Description Due to the nature of this course, students will be asked to track and report the occurance of different types of natural disasters throughout the semester, using different iPad apps such as Google Earth, Earth Now, PDC Disaster Alert and more. Also, we will be setting up an online cloud server so students can collaborate and share resources about course content. We also plan on presenting personal and group work to the class via iPads.

Students’ initial excitement about the project did not last. Many students used the iPads for internet use, presentations and collaboration. Students used apps like EarthViewer and Tornado for in class activities. The iPads were very useful when accessing online content that related to current events. Some students struggled with uploading videos and developing in class activities took longer than expected.