Classroom iPad Programs Get Mixed Response – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty members at Seton Hill University, which gave iPads to all
full-time students, are working with the developers of an e-book app
called Inkling to come up with new
ways to integrate the iPad into classroom instruction. The textbook
software–one of many in development–allows students to access
interactive graphics and add notes as they read along. Faculty members
can access the students’ marginalia to see whether they understand the
text. They can also remotely receive and answer questions from students
in real time.

Catherine Giunta, an associate professor of business at Seton Hill,
said the technology has changed the way students interact with their
textbooks and how she interacts with her students. While reviewing the
margin notes of a student in her marketing class, Ms. Giunta was able to
pinpoint and correct a student’s apparent misunderstanding of a concept
that was going to be covered in class the next day. “The
misunderstanding may not have been apparent until [the student] did a
written report,” Ms. Giunta said. “I could really give her
individualized instruction and guidance.” The Chronicle

I am not using the Inkling textbook, but I love the idea of being able
to see the marginalia that students post in their texts. We can do that
on a large scale, of course, with the Kindle App, but I’d love it if I
could pick a random chapter of The Scarlet Letter and see what a student
has highlighted. (I do something similar, of course, by asking the
students to post a quotation and a brief statement about each assigned
reading, but if I could see the students’ private annotations, I’m sure
I’d learn a lot more from their passive, ambient annotations, rather
than the piece they choose to display to the public.)