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Fall 2012 iPad Classroom Projects

Read the faculty biography and brief project description for each of our Fall 2012 iPad Classroom Projects!

Faculty School/Course Title # of students

Perla Myers


Perla Myers

CAS
MATH-200

Mathematics Concepts for Future Elementary School Teachers

25

Biography
Perla Myers has been a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department since 1999. She enjoys teaching classes at all undergraduate levels: core mathematics classes, mathematics classes for the Mathematics major, and mathematics classes for future and in-service elementary and secondary school teachers. Professor Myers’ most recent work involves the improvement of the mathematical education of teachers.
Brief Description

iPads will be used in class to write out math problems, share and provide explanations to the other classmates, connect to projection to share. Students in this class will be paired up with penpals at an elementary school and use the iPads to communicate with them and teach them math skills. Students may be asked to identify, define, classify and draw models of numbers according to their characteristics. The goals that will be met: Mobile access, group/collaborative projects, access to multi-media, and field work and research.

Outcomes Students worked with a partner to create letters for children. Students worked on their explanations using iPad software. Students used their iPads for all of their classes. We used the iPad to teach fractions to students at a school with another class through music.
 

Marjorie Patrick


Marjorie Patrick

CAS
BIOL-190

Biology Preceptorial

22
Biography

 

Brief Description

Tis project involves the implementation of an electronic text book in the Evolution, Genetics, and Ecology course. The aim is to make the learning of science truly interactive and the publisher materials allow the instructor to create materials for hands-on problem solving within the context of the scientific method. The goals met include: Mobile access to course materials, multi-media.

Outcomes Students used the iPads to read and study the etext version of the required textbook. The iPads were also used in the Natural Variation project.  They were an essential component to be able to collect, analyze, present, and share their results.
 

Sarina Chugani Molina


Sarina Molina

SOLES
EDUC-101

Introduction to Teaching and Learning
15
Biography Sarina Chugani Molina currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching. Her dissertation research focused on teacher development and cultural competence as it relates to their work with culturally and linguistically diverse students. She brings with her experience of teaching Japanese as a foreign language and English as a second language primarily to adults at the community college and university level. She has taught multilevel English learners at the noncredit sector in Palomar College and was a credit instructor for the academic reading and writing courses at MiraCosta College. She also serves as the program director and trains teachers internationally in TESOL, a program she designed for the English Language Academy at the University of San Diego. She teaches "Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Theories" and "Methods of Teaching Literacy for ESL" courses in the M.Ed. in Literacy, Culture and TESOL program and the "First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher" course for all credential students in the Learning and Teaching department, School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Her research interests include language acquisition, multicultural education, adult development.
Brief Description

Students will use Blackboard to consume their course materials such as video, keynote audio presentation, and readings outside of class and then use the class time to engage in meaningful discussions surrounding the learning done online throught the mobile device. Blogs, journals, Bb, Ted Talks app are a few of the tools to be used. Goals met include: Mobile access, group/collaborative projects, access to multi-media, field work and research, integration with LMS.

Outcomes Students used the iPads to read and study the etext version of the required textbook. The iPads were also used in the Natural Variation project.  They were an essential component to be able to collect, analyze, present, and share their results.
 

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Jane Friedman

CAS
MATH-350

Probability
22
Biography Dr. Jane Friedman has been teaching Mathematics at the University of San Diego for quite a long time. This is a year for innovation for Dr. Friedman as she tries new teaching techniques including using Blackboard for the first time in both her classes and experimenting with iPads in her upper division Probability course. She is also the director of the Natural World LLC, which has been an exciting challenge. Dr. Friedman enjoys conducting research in mathematics, statistics and mathematics education. Her participation in the iPad project is part of her continuing efforts to improve her teaching.
Brief Description

Goal is to implement an electronic textbook in this probability class where they study chance events and things like distribution. They will exchange annotations with instructor and each other. Students will use the simulations provided, manipulate, view them in a players and work with the code, discuss and write up their understandings. Goals met include: Mobile access, group and collaborative projects, access to multi-media, and integration with the LMS.

Outcomes Students used the iPads to gain a deeper understanding of some aspects of probability. Students also used their iPads for other courses.
 

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Brad Melekian

CAS
ENGL-375

Intro to Creative Writing
20
Biography Brad Melekian has been a member of the USD English Department since 2008, where he teaches courses in literature and creative writing. A working writer in addition to his work at the University, Melekian's fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting work appears frequently in The New York Times, McSweeney's, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, ESPN and The Surfer's Journal, among others. Melekian is a correspondent for Outside Magazine and a Senior Writer for Surfer Magazine. At USD, Professor Melekian's courses focus on how the acts of both reading and writing can help us interpret, and make sense of, the human experience. In both his creative writing and literature courses, Melekian pays particular attention to the works of contemporary authors of both fiction and creative non-fiction.
Brief Description

Students in this creative writing class will share their work with the other students digitally, whereas in the past they have been required for each assignment to print enough copies for the entire class for sharing and markup. They also work in small groups to read materials aloud for critique and feedback, iPad will allow them to follow along and annotate without the need to print endless copies. It will streamline the delivery of materials, facilitate a more efficient feedback structure, reduce paper and printing costs, and give the English Department a case study by which to evaluate the effectiveness of this technology and best practices for implementation in the department. Goals to be bet include: Mobile access, group and collaborative activities, access to multi-media, field work, integration with LMS.

Outcomes The iPads allowed for a freer exchange of information. Students were more able to share their stories with each other. Students came to class more prepared with course materials in hand. Students also provided more precise and more accurate feedback.  Students were more versed in technology than expected. In-class note taking and quick, efficient research was conducted on the iPads.  With research, class notes, and course readings on the iPad students were always in possession of course materials.