Mobile Learning Digital Media Curriculum Program

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Just Announced! The Mobile Learning Program has been continued!

Do not miss your opportunity to receive an iPad, digital camera, or audio recorder for participating!

Thinking about integrating mobile technology into your curriculum but not sure where to start? The EdTech Center can give you the skills and products to get you moving! Submit an RFP for a mobile digital media project idea or mobile application design idea and, if your project is approved, you will receive an iPad, camera, or audio recorder to make the project idea, with EdTech support, a reality. Once the project is completed, you may keep the iPad, camera, or audio recorder for continued use to support the project and discover innovative ways to incorporate your mobile device in the classroom! You can find inspiration by reading more about iPad apps and other related articles on the EdTech website.

Additionally, faculty can receive a free app for reviewing an app or suggesting an app bundle on Mobile Learning at Northeastern.

“Mobile Learning at Northeastern” is a central repository for Northeastern University’s mobile learning community. The site provides a space where faculty can post articles, blog and collaborate about mobile technology, and evaluate mobile apps and devices used in the classroom. The goal of is to provide insight into ways mobile devices and apps can support and enhance teaching, research, and learning at Northeastern University. Faculty can review an app or suggest an app bundle and get an app free! For more information visit Mobile Learning at Northeastern.

Below are some ideas on how you can create related interactive curriculum:

Digital Stories
Wikis and Blogs
Online Collaboration Tools
Social Networks and Rich Media Sharing

To be awarded, faculty must submit an application (RFP) outlining a specific mobile digital media project they are planning to implement or mobile application they would like to design and develop. The application requires faculty to submit ideas for using an iPad, digital camera (with HD video), or audio recorder to enhance their curriculum. Proposals requesting iPads must document a need for iPad functionality unique to the device (beyond simple portability) and that could not otherwise be accomplished with a laptop. Faculty must be willing to share their experience with others at Northeastern University.

Proposals will be evaluated by the EdTech Center on the following criteria:

Significance of the mobile digital media project or mobile application and the impact on student learning by incorporating technology.
Plans for sharing the course project experience with others (i.e. making a presentation at a future EdTech Talk).
Project's overall feasibility, likelihood of success, and alignment with the stated goals of the course.

Technology Awards Application Process

Submit a RFP outlining mobile digital media project or mobile application with iPad2, camera, or audio recorder to course
Meet with EdTech Center for a one-on-one consultation to begin proposal work
Faculty awarded iPad, camera, or audio recorder, depending on project needs and complexity, to use for RFP implementation and, once project is completed, the faculty may keep the product for future use
Faculty member documents process via EdTech blog and presents process and project results at a future EdTech Talk
EdTech Center documents project and produces a digital story to publish via web

Teach with your iPAD

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Now that you have bought your iPad, what are the questions you need to ask?


1. What is an iPAD? -- The iPAD is a WiFI/ 3G slate computer that is based on the iPhone/ iPod Touch operating system. The iPAD can be used in any direction It can be used as a note-taking device; an e-reader; a web browser; to send email; and has many other uses as new applications are developed. The iPAD has accessories that can convert it into a laptop, or a projection device.
Click here to learn how to set up the iPAD out of the box or the iPAD2 out of the box.

2. Will the iPAD replace my laptop? -- The iPAD is closer to a big phone than a small laptop. It will complete most of the tasks that a netbook can do. The iPAD has accessories that can convert it in to a laptop design.Click on the this link to view the accessories for the iPAD. iPad Accessories

3. How can I load software on the iPAD? -- Applications (apps) are the software for the iPAD. Apps can be downloaded from iTunes on your computer or from the App Store on the iPAD. Apps can costs can vary from free and up. To learn how to use iTunes, click on this link. An iTunes account is needed to download apps. To learn more about apps and what apps are available, click on the link. iPad Apps

4. How do I teach with it? -- The iPAD can be used as an instructor station with a projector; a student work station; or group collaboration device. The iPAD can morph between uses by whatever app that is open.Some apps are built to project, where some are built to talk to other devices. The iPAD can communicate either by Bluetooth, WIFI, or 3G (if available). Click on the link below to learn how to use the particular function: iPAD Activities.