Ok, so the iWestminster project itself ended in July 2012. The students gave very positive feedback, etc etc and the project was considered successful…
However, I feel that it is a shame to leave it as is, where new students cannot benefit from the work done. The lesson I have learnt here is that Native apps are great but they require a serious amount of maintenance. This is not always compatible with the way projects run (start date and end date and no maintenance funding past the end date). I am therefore going to develop a web version of these mobile apps, as these require much less maintenance, and will work on all the student devices. No funding is currently available to help me, but I am hoping that as I develop and start having things to show, I will be able to raise interest and that support will follow. Furthermore, this development will also help me stay in touch even more with the latest technologies and techniques related to web development, and may also raise an interest in level 4 students for programming
We have gathered our first results and they are looking very promising! Details coming soon!
Today is the day to return the iPads… Hope all students had a positive experience and found this trial useful… We shall release a questionnaire shortly.
The final student survey was released to the 20 students that took part in the project. Let’s hope we get lots of responses.
Just started working on a new app that will be added to this project. The idea is to display lab info to students and allow students to find a free computer on any of our sites.
I am attending a lecture and I am viewing the slides in PDF that I retrieved via blackboard. I forgot my iPad so I use my iPod Touch. I didn’t have any PDF annotator, so I just downloaded neu annotate. It’s free and lets me view the PDF and annotate it! really good find!
Mark created a Posterous site for the student blogs. That’s a really good idea! Here’s my invite and the site details. Let’s hope we get some really good information there
Right, this week we have managed to get all the iPads out to the students in Life Sciences and Computer Science. All now have a £25 iTunes voucher to buy apps… and Blogging is starting… Personally, I have used my voucher to buy GoodReader (to read, store and organise documents), Pages (to edit documents) and Textastic (to write software code). These are apps that I would recommend. We have also recommended that the students get iAnnotate pdf and Blackboard Mobile.
Here’s a screen shot of Textastic:
Happy New Year
The students who received the iPads should now be familiar with the devices and the good news is that the iTunes vouchers have arrived We will give the vouchers to the students tomorrow and also contact the remaining level 6 students not yet taking part in the project. The students have also received emails regarding the blogging that they are expected to carry out. It was decided that the student blogs will be kept on Blackboard, with possible extracts published on the main iWestminster blog.
The team will also meet tomorrow 10.20am…