Apple iPad vs Microsoft Surface: A Comparison

The Technical Interns did a comparison review of the iPad and the Surface tablet by Microsoft.  Here is what they found:

After playing around with both the iPad and the Surface, I have notice some key similarities. First off, both of these devices require an external adaptor in order to connect to a projector. Also both devices have roughly the same battery life and background display resolution. There are also some important key differences; I feel that the Surface is more similar to a computer than a tablet. When you first open the surface, you will notice that PowerPoint, Word Excel, and Windows 8 have already been installed. The Surface provides you with the option to leave the Windows 8 App Screen, and select the generic Windows PC Desktop. This change allows for PC users to feel comfortable using the devices as both a computer and tablet. The Surface will also allow its users to connect a USB device directly into the tablet for easy file storage.

On the other hand, the iPad feels less like a computer and more like a tablet. The iPad comes with FaceTime, iMessage installed when the device is delivered. These two applications allow for easy communication between fellow Apple products, without many problems similarly experienced by Skype. Not only does the iPad have a sleeker looking design, but its camera clarity is far superior to that of the surface. The application market for the iPad is also much larger than that of the Surface, which allows for a greater gaming and tablet experience.  All in all, both devices are great and it comes down to how you wish to use your tablet. If you prefer to use it as a second computer, than I would suggest purchasing the Microsoft Surface. If you are looking for something to take quick notes on and use for presentations, I would suggest the Apple iPad.

Spring 2013 Update

A little more than a month into the 2013 spring  semester, the Center is busy as ever supporting several programs and courses.  The second semester of the iPad semester loan program is underway, with three courses participating, each from different disciplinary areas.  I am looking forward to receiving faculty and student feedback on the value of using an iPad as part of their coursework and in some cases, in their school-based placements and clinical settings.  Last semester, the feedback from the undergraduate students was, for the most part, positive and many found the iPad to be an important tool to complete their course work.  Results of the end of the semester feedback survey showed that 70% of students agreed or strongly agreed that using an iPad in university-based coursework made the class sessions more interesting and 65% agreed or strongly agreed that the iPad was beneficial to their teaching and learning experience.  What about the other 30 – 35% that did not respond favorably?  The majority were neutral in their response and those that disagreed about the usefulness of the iPad represented under 10% of the responses to the survey.  Classes participating in the loaner program this semester will also complete an end of semester survey and a complete report will be created from the results of all surveys.  The report will also include some insight into using the Apple Volume Purchase Program to buy bulk apps, management of the apps and iPads using Apple’s Configurator, and some thoughts about Airwatch, the MDM (Mobile Device Management) that the Center is using to establish course profiles, enforce security measures on the iPads, and track iPad usage.

In addition to the iPad program, the Center will once again be host to the 5th Annual Faculty Technology Showcase on Friday, February 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in rooms 133D and 133E Erickson Hall.  The event showcases instructional technology innovations and applications by faculty from across the MSU campus and brings together representatives from IT Services to address a specific hot topic in the MSU technology landscape.  This year, the topic will be the shift from ANGEL to Desire2Learn and representatives from IT Services will be present to answer faculty questions about making the transition from one to the other and about additional features that will be added to Desire2Learn later this year.  All presentations are set up as digital poster sessions so attendees can wander around at their leisure to speak to presenters about their topic. There is no need to pre-register for the event and lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees.

Lastly, mini-workshops for CEP416 students will take place during the two weeks after spring break, covering the topics of SMART Boards, Jing, Weebly, Mobile Video, and Google Apps.  Registration for the 30-minute workshops will be opened up to the college at large and a link to the sign up form will be posted after February 28h.

 

 

Spring 2013 iPad Program

Applications are now being accepted for the spring semester 2013 iPad semester loan program.  The application form will remain open until December 21st.  Those that are chosen to participate in the program will be notified late in the day on the 21st or on December 26th.  Faculty and instructors that would like to participate should apply at using the application form at this site.

The course loaner program provide faculty and each student in their class with the new iPad.  The iPads can be delivered with no pre-loaded apps or with apps designated by the faculty member. CTT staff will work with the faculty member to identify apps that fit the pedagogical goals of the course and get the apps pre-loaded before delivery of the iPads takes place.   CTT staff are available to provide an iPad tutorial for the students and faculty at the time of delivery of the iPads during the first 1 – 2 weeks of the semester.  CTT staff will return to the class to pick up the iPads at the end of the semester.

To participate in the program, faculty are asked to apply for the iPads via an online form before the semester begins, including specific explanations of their intended use of the devices to support teaching and learning in their course, and their plans to assess the impact of the devices in their class.  After the semester is done, students and faculty will be asked to fill out a short online survey to provide feedback on their experiences, and faculty will be asked to participate in a roundtable discussion with the College of Education community to discuss their experience with the iPad as a course tool.

Those with questions should send an email to: terrigus@msu.edu

 

29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference – Registration is open!

Registration for the 29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference, to be held on Saturday, October 27th in Erickson Hall on the Michigan State University campus is now open.  As mentioned in previous announcements, this year the conference is FREE OF CHARGE for all attendees, while still offering a great keynote address from Alex Couros from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, morning sessions, and hands-on afternoon workshops.  Space is limited for workshops, so register early to reserve your spot.

On the day of conference, doors open at 8:15 a.m. and light refreshments will be served in the lobby of Erickson Hall.  The keynote address will begin at 9:00 am in the Erickson Hall Kiva.  Morning sessions follow the keynote and are scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 11:15 am to 12:00 p.m.  Those that sign up for an afternoon workshop are provided with an hour and fifteen minutes to grab lunch at the International Center or at several great restaurants on Grand River Avenue, which is a short 10 minute walk from Erickson Hall.  A map to lunch options will be provided.  Hands-on workshops begin at 1:15 p.m. and conclude by 3:00 pm.  More details about the conference agenda can be found on the official conference web page.

To register for the conference, please visit the event website, where you’ll find a link to the registration form.  If you need a Certificate of Attendance for professional development records, there is an option on the registration form.  To find out more about the morning sessions or afternoon workshops, links to full session descriptions can be found below.

Morning sessions

Afternoon workshops

Thank you for your interest in the 2012 MSU College of Education Technology Conference.  We hope to see you in October!

Register here

Terri Gustafson & Leigh Graves Wolf, PhD (2012 conference co-coordinators)
Center for Teaching & Technology / Master of Arts in Educational Technology
College of Education – Michigan State University
E: terrigus@msu.edu – P: 517-432-4329
Terri on Twitter: @tgustafson; @Centr4TeachTech
Leigh on Twitter: @gravesle @maet

29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference #coetc12 – CFP is OPEN

The 29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology conference will be held on October 27th, 2012 on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University in Erickson Hall from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  The theme of this year’s conference is open and networked education and it is quite fitting that through a collaboration between the College of Education, the MSU College of Education Alumni Association and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program, this year’s conference will be FREE OF CHARGE to all attendees. (Stay tuned for registration information!)

Work PhotoWe are also excited to announce that Dr. Alec Couros will be our keynote speaker for this year’s conference.  Alec is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity. Find out more about Dr. Couros at http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/ or by following him on twitter @courosa

 

The Call for Presentation & Workshop Proposals is NOW OPEN!

Proposals Due: August 15, 2012

Presentations will be 45 minutes long and workshops will be 1 1/2 hours long. All workshops must include hands-on instruction.

Click here for the submission form

Presenters will be informed of their acceptance by September 15th and will receive information about session times by October 1, 2012. Please pass this post along to anyone you know that might be interested in presenting and we look forward to seeing you on October 27th!

The hashtag for the conference is #coetc12

Thank you!
Terri Gustafson & Leigh Graves Wolf, PhD (2012 conference co-coordinators)
Center for Teaching & Technology / Master of Arts in Educational Technology
College of Education – Michigan State University
E: terrigus@msu.edu – P: 517-432-4329
Terri on Twitter: @tgustafson; @Centr4TeachTech
Leigh on Twitter: @gravesle @maet

 

Class semester iPad loaner program

new iPads for program

The Center for Teaching and Technology will launch a new program during the 2012 – 2013 academic year providing faculty the opportunity to explore the use of iPads in the classroom with their students for an entire semester.  The course loaner program provide faculty and each student in their class with the new iPad.  The iPads can be delivered with no pre-loaded apps or with apps designated by the faculty member. CTT staff will work with the faculty member to identify apps that fit the pedagogical goals of the course and get the apps pre-loaded before delivery of the iPads takes place.  Each borrower signs a loaner agreement to take responsibility for the device, in the event of loss or theft.  CTT staff are available to provide an iPad tutorial for the students and faculty at the time of delivery of the iPads during the first 1 – 2 weeks of the semester.  CTT staff will return to the class to pick up the iPads at the end of the semester.

To participate in the program, faculty are asked to apply for the iPads via an online form up to 2 months before the semester begins, including specific explanations of their intended use of the devices to support teaching and learning in their course, and their plans to assess the impact of the devices in their class.  After the semester is done, students and faculty will be asked to fill out a short online survey to provide feedback on their experiences, and faculty will be asked to participate in a roundtable discussion with the College of Education community to discuss their experience with the iPad.

This first offering of the class semester iPad loaner program will be available for courses with a student enrollment of 30 students or less.  Initially, two courses will be chosen per semester for the 2012 – 2013 academic year.

Interested faculty members can fill out the online application for fall semester 2012 by the August 15, 2012 deadline.  For further questions about the program, contact Terri Gustafson.

Speed Dating with Instructional Technology – Session 3

Please come by the Center for Teaching and Technology for:

What: Speed Dating with Instructional Technology
When: Thursday, April 26th, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: 133 Erickson Hall

Event details: Spend 5-7 minutes at three different hands-on presentations learning about technology that can be used for teaching in the classroom, online or in blended learning contexts.  Pick a tool to learn about, gather around that presentation, see that demo for 5 – 7 minutes, and then go on to another hands-on presentation.  The featured technologies will be: Google Hangouts, ooVoo, and Camtasia Relay.  This is the final Speed Dating with Instructional Technology session for the 2012 spring semester.  The series will pick up again in the fall with more new technologies to explore in the face-to-face classroom or online classroom environment.

 

Speed Dating with Instructional Technology – Session Two

Please come by the Center for Teaching and Technology for:

What: Speed Dating with Instructional Technology
When: Wednesday, April 11th, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: 133 Erickson Hall

Event details: Spend 5-7 minutes at three different hands-on presentations learning about technology that can be used for teaching in the classroom, online or in blended learning contexts.  Pick a tool to learn about, gather around that presentation, see that demo for 5 – 7 minutes, and then go on to another hands-on presentation.  The featured technologies will be: Adobe Connect, Hootcourse, Etherpad.
Look for one more Speed Dating with Instructional Technology event the week of April 23rd with more featured technologies for on-campus or online summer courses, study abroad trips, or ideas to think about over the summer for planning fall courses.

Do you use use social media in the classroom?

The Center for Teaching and Technology is delighted to host Dr. Leigh Graves Wolf as she presents:

Weaving Social Media into the Online, Hybrid, or Face-to-Face Classroom

Dr. Wolf will share her experiences with using social media in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. She will discuss how she uses various tools (like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Pinterest, Instagram and ifttt) in her roles as Advisor, Instructor and Program Coordinator. In addition to an overview of the tools available, you are highly encouraged to BYOD (bring your own device) and come with questions and/or stories of your own experiences with social media.

Date: March 27th, 2012
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: 133F Erickson Hall

2011 Educational Technology Conference – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that presented a concurrent session or workshop or that attended our annual educational technology conference this past weekend.  It was great to see so many old and new faces in attendance with such enthusiasm for technology.  Handouts from presenters will be posted to a Google document in the next week.  Also, if you have not filled out the conference survey, please take the time to do so online at: goo.gl/ALhGs.  We appreciate any and all feedback to help us make improvements from year-to-year.  A special thank you to the keynote speaker, Dr. Troy Hicks, for his presentation on teaching the iGeneration and why digital writing matters.  Please save the date for next year’s conference which will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012.