iPad 2 mini grants
iMobile Classroom Grant program is intended to encourage the meaningful
and planned integration of the Malone Center's Apple iPad 2 Mobility
Cart in COE classes. COE faculty members may apply for the exclusive,
semester-long use of one of 5 available iPad 2s for personal use and
priority use of the Mobility Cart. The grants will be awarded to those
faculty members who develop creative and sound proposals for student use
of the iPad 2 Cart. The grant program is designed to enhance the
potential for more developed and planned uses of the cart in the
classroom and allow faculty grant recipients time to become familiar
with and explore the iPad 2 and available mobile applications.
Please contact Lisa Brown for further information,
recent grant funding by the Office of Faculty Development and Collaboration, the Malone Center, will offer
assistance on using Skype video calling to UM faculty members. If you are a faculty member and are willing to
commit to arranging at least one guest speaker in your class via Skype during
the fall or spring semester, please contact Joe Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Based on the proliferation, ease of use, and
availability of Skype video calling; this free communication tool offers
significant opportunities for enhancing teaching and learning in today’s college
classroom. As an experiment, the College of Education (COE) recently offered a
Skype-enhanced class (ED 570 Digital Natives: Teaching 21st-Century Learners) in
which guest speakers from across the United States participated in class
discussions via Skype video calling. For example, during the class discussion on
Internet safety, Nancy Willard, Executive Director of the Center for Cyber
Safety and author of numerous books on Internet safety, facilitated a one-hour
question and answer session with ED 570 students at UM from her home in Eugene,
Oregon through the use of Skype. This easy-to-use communication tool offers
instructors and students unprecedented access to guest speakers not only across
the United States, but from around the world.
Connected Classroom Project, we seek to assist participating UM faculty members
in the exploration and integration of Skype video calling into their own
classes. To this end, our objectives are as follows:
- Familiarize participating faculty members
with the potential uses of Skype video calling in their classes.
- Assist participating faculty members in
setting up their own Skype accounts.
- Assist participating faculty members in the
planning and implementation of Skype-based guest speakers in their classes.
- Survey participating faculty and students
on their experience with and perceptions of the effectiveness and benefit of
using Skype to enhance teaching and learning.
- Based on the experience gained through this
project, develop written instructions and procedures for integrating Skype
into the college classroom that can be accessed and used by the UM faculty
in the future.
us if you are interested in participating in this project.