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Blog status and iOS 6

Greetings iPad faculty!  You are getting this notice from the Viterbo iPad blog, which was used exclusively to record the efforts of the 2011-2012 cohort.   Since the campus has moved to Moodle, we are now going to host all iPad-related discussions to an iPad course there.  The blog will stay up as a resource and a record of our past activities, but all new information will be in Moodle.  If you would like to be a part of the iPad class in Moodle, please email me at

iOS 6

Apple has released iOS 6 to all Apple devices today.  This update provides for several new functions, including adding Siri to the iPad, changing the maps program to an Apple-specific tool, and other functionality changes.  A full list is available at

Vicke is currently testing the impact of the upgrade, so we recommend you wait to upgrade your device.  If you do upgrade now, please remember to back up your iPad using iTunes prior to installing the update.

More information about this update will be posted in the “Apps and Tools” forum in Moodle.


Finding Apps for an iOS Device – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Profhacker in the Chronicle of Higher Education has a great article this morning on tools for finding apps.  I’ve not yet explored all of them, but they provide some interesting ways to discover new tools.

Finding Apps for an iOS Device – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Meeting Agenda 5/2/12

As a reminder, we have our last iPad meeting of the semester on Wednesday, May 2nd at 3:30pm.  The agenda for the meeting is to discuss your draft reflection documents, which are due on Friday, May 5th.  We will be discussing your outcomes in small groups, and reporting out to the group at large.  We will also discuss potential activities for next year.

As always, contact anyone on the leadership team with questions.

iPad Presentation on Scholars Day

This Friday as part of Scholars Day, Scott Gabriel is leading a panel presentation of his students from CHEM 475.  This is the class where he has been testing iPad integration into classroom activities; all of his students have been using iPads for the second half of the semester.  Please attend this panel if you are interested and available:

Session Title: Integration of Apple’s iPads and Teaching Pedagogy in a University Classroom Session Type:

Format: Scott Gabriel will moderate a panel of students from Chem 475

Time: 10-11am

Session Location: RC 201 Session

iPad Educators from Sparta School District

Lynda Fernholz asked me to pass on the following about a free presentation to anyone in the community.  The speakers talk was very well received at the Wisconsin State Reading Association conference; please attend if you are interested!

The Viterbo University Education Club is hosting the, “iPad, mePad, wePad: Current Practices Integrating iPad Technology into Reading for Small Group, Individual, and Whole Class Instruction” presentation from the Wisconsin State Reading Associations 2012 Convention on Keys of Effective Literacy and the Midwest Reading Conference this past January.

A Reading Specialist and District Reading Coordinator, Laura Veglahn, and her partner, Jamie Stoeckly, from the Sparta Area School District, will be coming to Viterbo on Thursday,April 12th at 5:30pm, NRC 101  to present this information presentation to anyone who is interested in attending.

Those who participate will be provided with new ideas and information about how to reform and differentiate instruction in their classrooms using the iPad.  Attendees  will also be informed of a pilot program that focuses on enhancing literacy instruction in one on one and small group instruction.   Laura and Jamie will also be providing more information about how to incorporate iPads into different subjects and large group instruction as a whole.

If you have questions, please contact Lynda at .

Meeting Summary 4/4/12

The iPad Initiative cohort met on Wednesday, April 4th, and we discussed the following:

  • Alissa Oelfke’s experiences with teaching using an Inkling interactive textbook compared to the same text in print.  Her findings are summarized in a blog post on the iPad blog.  One of the most interesting findings she described was how much time she saved creating powerpoint presentations, since the interactive textbook content met her demonstration needs.  The charts, tables, and web-links in particular were an asset during class lectures.
  • The iPad Cohort Results and Reflection was accepted by all present.  Faculty are to complete this form and submit it to Gretel by May 4th.  We will discuss drafts in small groups at the May 2nd meeting.  If you have questions on your drafts prior to May 2nd, please let us know.
  • Faculty who are interested in their observation results can get a summary from their observer.  If you have questions, please contact any member of the leadership team.
  • There was a good discussion regarding continuing the cohort, specifically around a research project to assess student engagement and retention using interactive texts.  Please think about what kind of research project would be engaging to you in a second year, and bring your thoughts to the next meeting.

The cohort will not meet next week, but will meet May 2nd to discuss final report drafts with colleagues, and to co-create a summation of findings from the year.

Please remember to complete a draft of the  iPad Cohort Results and Reflection and consider year-two research activities for our meeting May 2nd.  We will not meet April 18th!

Essay on use of iPad by academics | Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed has an interesting piece on iPad use for faculty this morning.  It’s a follow-up to a previous piece that is also worth reading.  What are your thoughts on the author’s conclusions, that iPads are excellent for content consumption, but have limitations for content creation and sharing?

Essay on use of iPad by academics | Inside Higher Ed.


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