Academic Technologies has a classroom set of 30 3rd Generation iPads for classroom use. We encourage participation of professors from several different departments in the College and Williams School who are interested in reserving iPads for course use. Share with us your motivation for using iPads in instruction--what learning outcomes will the iPad help you and your students achieve in a manner superior to other technologies--electronic or otherwise?
ITS has a cart that allows us to charge, configure and secure the iPads in one place. This technology is still relatively new to us and program participants' feedback will be vital to inform us on how best to manage these resources.
Depending on how frequently your class will be using the iPads and on how many iPads you are requesting, you may want to check them out for the entire semester, determine a fixed schedule for checkout/in of the iPads, or you may want to have students check out/in the iPads from Academic Technologies as needed.
iOS Apps and Funding
We are utilizing the Apple Configurator application to configure and manage classroom iPads. This software allows us to pre-load settings, apps and content. When you fill out the application, you will be asked to provide us with a list of desired apps, free and paid, that you would like pre-loaded on the iPads. Paid apps can be purchased by ITS through a volume license which may result in a discount. ITS may be able to help fund generic applications that would be useful across disciplines, but funding for discipline-specific apps will be the responsibility of the department. Once purchased, apps will be available for future semesters/students.
In case of damage or loss of equipment
Individuals (professors and students) will be responsible for replacement of lost or damaged iPads and accessories.
Determination of participation
Several faculty members have already been chosen as program testers, and barring any scheduling conflicts additional requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that we receive more applications for this program than we can accommodate, ITS may enlist the assistance of the Dean of the College office and/or the Dean of the Commerce School office in deciding which requests should go forward for the term.
Applications are due by Friday, August 30, by noon EDT for Fall term 2013.
If you have questions regarding potential classroom uses for iPads, or the determination of appropriate methods, activities or apps for your specific learning objectives, please let us know and we can schedule a consultation. Contact Julie Knudson, Director of Academic Technologies and Client Services at x8125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brandon Bucy, Senior Academic Technologist at x8651 or email@example.com.
Please fill out an application here: https://managementtools.wlu.edu/Forms/Authenticated/?86 (You will need to provide your W&L username and password to fill out this form. In some cases, it may be necessary to prepend AD\ to your username, i.e., AD\doej --this is often the case for off-campus or personal computers, especially Macintosh computers not in the AD domain.)