Beauty and Truth: There's an App for That

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2012 Humanities Conference

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Montreal, Canada


When you think of technology use in the classroom, humanities classes such as philosophy and design history are probably not what first pops into your mind. However, mobile devices when positioned appropriately in the pedagogy can enable students to become a colleague in the content of the course, which results in higher engagement because they have a greater ownership in the content.
This session will cover the use of mobile devices as a means to enhance student engagement and learning. This will share experience using mobile devices and explain why they are more transformative to the humanities classroom than a laptop or computer. If mobile devices are used as a strict substitution model (replacing a text with an e-text), then student learning outcomes are not dramatically increased. However, if the mobile devices are used to redesign curriculum and reenvision course content, then student learning outcomes are better met with the mobile device than without it. We will show specific examples of enhanced student collaboration using iThoughts HD (mind mapping application) and Dropbox (cloud storage); student engagement using iMovie to produce a comedic two minute philosophy sketch; and the use of digital exams that incorporated YouTube videos; critical thinking from the utilization flipped classrooms (assigning lectures as homework); and a multidisciplinary approach to their final research paper, which was done as an iMovie. Attendees will participate in several hands-on tutorials in all the above-mentioned activities. Five iPads will be provided to facilitate interaction, but also bring your smart phones and tablets (laptops too)


technology, humanities, iPad, mobile, philosophy


Curriculum and Instruction | Philosophy

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