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EDUC 439/639: iPad Apps for Educators

All of the learning resources in this course are available online. Most of them are free, except for the course textbook, which you get from Apple's iBookstore at a cost of $9.99. All proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Delaware public schools.

iPad Primer

The official textbook for this course is the iPad Primer with Embedded Video Tutorials. This iPad Primer is a multimedia eBook full of tutorials and show-me movies that you study with iBooks on your iPad. If your iPad does not yet have iBooks installed, follow this link to download and install iBooks, which is free. After your iPad has iBooks installed, you can get the course textbook. Its bibliographic citation reads as follows.

Hofstetter, F. T. (2011) iPad primer with embedded video tutorials. Cupertino: Apple iBookstore. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781618720016. Contains the following videos:

  • Taking Notes with iBooks
  • Copying and Pasting in iBooks
  • Taking Photos in the Camera App
  • Saving an Image to the Camera Roll from Safari
  • Making Screenshots
  • Rotating Images with Photoshop Express
  • Storyboarding with iCardSort
  • Digital Storytelling with iMovie
  • Taking iBooks Notes with Dragon Dictation
  • Multitasking on the iPad
  • Writing ePubs for iBooks with Pages
  • File Sharing To and From the iPad
  • Creating Folders on the Home Screen
  • Dictating Email with Dragon Dictation

Journal Articles

Harrison, D. (2010, October 13). Ushering iPad into the classroom. Retrieved from http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/10/13/ushering-ipad-into-the-classroom.aspx.

Hu, W. (2011, January 12). Math that moves: Schools embrace the iPad. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/education/05tablets.html.

PBS. (2010, January). How will the iPad change education? Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/blog/2010/01/how-will-the-ipad-change-education.

Qillan, I. (2011, June 15). Educators evaluate learning benefits of iPad. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2011/06/15/03mobile.h04.html.

Woyke, E. (2011, January 21). Pros and cons of iPads in the classroom. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethwoyke/2011/01/21/pros-and-cons-of-ipads-in-the-classroom.

Computer Accounts

Every University of Delaware student automatically receives an e-mail account. You should visit www.udel.edu/network to manage your password, username, and quotas. Especially if you do not read your udel.edu e-mail regularly, be sure to visit www.udel.edu/network and follow the link to forward your udel.edu mail to the e-mail address you read every day.

Computer Sites

All students registered in this class have the option of using the multimedia PCs and Macs in the campus computing sites. Use www.it.udel.edu/computingsites to link to the general access site schedule. Please note that the use of the campus computing sites is totally optional in this course. If you have your own computer and Internet connection, you may never need to use the campus computing sites.

E-mail Addresses

Every student in this class must have an e-mail address on the Internet and read e-mail regularly. If you're enrolled in a University of Delaware course, and you do not have an e-mail account yet, go to the help center and follow the e-mail link for detailed instructions on how to activate your e-mail account. If you do not read your UD mail regularly, you should go to www.udel.edu/network and follow the instructions to forward your e-mail to your preferred e-mail address.