by Iber Poma

On a Spring 2014 semester Tuesday morning at 11 am,  the first iPad Cart arrived to a classroom at Hostos CC. It was a momentous occasion,  and to see students delighted and ready to embrace the familiar iPad into their class time was worthwhile.   Using Tech Fee funds Hostos Community College bought 2 multimedia carts with 30 iPads each. Faculty used the reservation system to reserve the carts and have them delivered to class. For this Pilot, instructors who participated in the Faculty iPad  Pilot were given preference to participate.

iPads came pre-loaded with apps previously requested by faculty, and all are available for free. One app installed in all the iPads is Nearpod. Nearpod lets faculty create interactive multimedia presentations that they share with students in real time.  The students can interact and submit responses through any mobile device while faculty can monitor and measure student results on an individual and aggregate basis.

Assessment of Effectiveness

These are some of the students’ comments:

“I think the iPads experience was very interesting and helpful for our classes this semester.”

“It was very useful in my Class. Using the iPad made the lecture run smoothly as everyone was on the same track and no one got left behind. I could use this feature in my English classes :)”

” I like very much work with iPad in class and I want to work with them in the college.”

These are the preliminary results of the survey conducted in the Spring 2014 semester.  Sixty five students have taken the survey. This is a sample of some of the questions and results:

How strongly do you agree with this statement: “The iPad helped me visualize the material used for this class better.”

number
percent
strongly disagree
8
12
Disagree
6
9
Neither agree
nor disagree
9
14
Agree
26
40
Strongly agree
13
20

 

 

How often do you think you would use an iPad to do school work?

                                         number
          percent
Every day
34
52
two, three times a day
depending on the class
16
25
about once a week
4
6
less than once a week
8
12

 

 

Do you have broadband internet and Wi-Fi at home?

                                           number
          percent
Yes
55
85
No
7
11
I have access to broadband internet, but not WI-FI
0
0

 Which of the following devices do you own (select all that apply)?

                                         number
          percent
iPad
28
43
Another tablet (Galaxy, Kindle Fire, etc.
18
28
Laptop
49
75
Smartphone
47
72
Regular cell phone (not a smartphone)
2
3
An e-book reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.)
6
9

 

 

How helpful was the EdTech staff with any technical issues you may have had?

                                         number
          percent
Very helpful
33
51
tSomewhat helpful
27
42
Not really helpful
1
2
Not helpful at all
1
2

 To learn more about the iPad Pilot Inittiave, please visit the site: 

http://https://commons.hostos.cuny.edu/ipadsintheclassroom/

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