LectureTools' app on the iPad could be transformative in the classroom as well as a flipped classroom tool.
The LectureTools iPad app, created by a University of Michigan startup of the same name, spun out of research by Perry Samson, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences who has won awards for his teaching practice.
The application offers an alternative to clickers that harnesses the potential of the iPad, turning it into one of the most active in-class learning and communication tools, with cloud based storage. Anything added to the app is instantly available online through students' LectureTools web accounts. This is important in situations where students only have access to iPads in the classroom, but not in the events for homework.
The app was piloted in David Montalvo's classrooms in the Bay Shore School District in New York.
The app comes with all the bells and whistles students are used to seeing in the LectureTools web application. But now, a sleeker design optimized for iPad enables students to use the tool during class and offline for remote studying.
Through LectureTools, instructors can present students with interactive activities, including multiple-choice, free response and image-based questions, and students can respond using their mobile device, now including iPads.
The solution provided by LectureTools enables schools and instructors to engage students in new ways and take full advantage of their iPad initiatives.
The LectureTools iPad app available on: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lecturetools/id521133554?mt=8 .
To learn more about the LectureTools' iPad app visit http://www.lecturetools.com/student-ipad-app