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LectureTools iPad App Brings Active Learning to a New Level

ANN ARBOR, Mich. May 22, 2012

University of Michigan Perry Samson

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.

David Montalvo New York

Gary L. Lamm

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.

Jason Aubrey

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. Students can also relay comprehension concerns about particular slides to the instructor, or submit specific questions that instructors or teaching assistants can view and answer as they arise. Answered questions become anonymously visible to every student in the class and they are saved so they can be reviewed later.

"Research shows that use of laptops or cell phones in class can increase student engagement, despite their potential for distraction, when web applications that encourage student participation are employed. Now that iPads have become more popular with learners, we’ve expanded our technology to take full advantage of these devices," Samson said.  "If you give students a chance to participate, they will."

Students can type notes, flip through instructor’s lecture slides and quickly access the slides they found confusing or important for later review. Together, these features create a comprehensive learning environment and a central location for students to access all of their study materials so that they stay organized and engaged.

The solution provided by LectureTools enables schools and instructors to engage students in new ways and take full advantage of their iPad initiatives.

Ann Arbor, Michigan University of Michigan

Jason Aubrey

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