What can tablet computing do for education? This is a question that many educators are facing as classroom infrastructure grows to include iPads and other tablet computers. Maggie Niess, emeritus professor of science and mathematics education, shares her research and experiences using iPads in classrooms, and specific qualities about them that can accelerate or improve learning outcomes.

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In this episode, we talk with Professor John Selker, who allows students in his Stochastic Hydrology course to cheat on their exams. But not really! In this class, it’s not cheating, it’s part of a new assessment strategy that’s gaining attention in higher education. Students spend half of their exam sessions writing out their own answers to questions with blue pens, and then they spend the other half of the exam with red pens, collaborating with neighbors to correct their own mistakes for partial credit.

Dwaine Plaza, a sociology instructor, wanted to find out if student groups could make short videos using web-found materials (like images and YouTube videos) in order to express their understanding of course themes. In this episode, we interview Plaza, who shares his process.

Dwaine Plaza, Jon Dorbolo, Stevon Roberts
Photo courtesy Kimmy Hescock
Be sure to listen to Sophie Wilson’s interview in the previous episode, and watch her film with director’s commentary. You can watch the film here. Below is a list of resources that Dwaine Plaza compiled for instructors wishing to try out this technique.