Posts Tagged ‘Air Sketch’

Air Sketch Tips from the iPad 101 Workshop

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

Air Sketch  picture of the Air Sketch icon

($9.99) Air Sketch allows you to mark up a presentation saved as a PDF and do so wirelessly, freeing you from the podium in the multimedia rooms. You can also use it as a wireless whiteboard. Be aware that to use the untethered option, Wi-Fi must be available. As in other apps, you can zoom in and pan using two fingers. Tip: Write smaller and more detailed text while zoomed in. Also, the eraser shrinks when zoomed in, allowing finer control. And see this post for how to use Air Sketch with Tegrity to record your presentation.

screen shot of the application tools in Air Sketch

Air Sketch Controls

These controls appear along the bottom of the application window.

  1. This button provides the server address of your iPad. Type this number into the URL field of a browser on the multimedia computer. Hit return, and your iPad will appear in the browser window.
  2. As you markup the whiteboard or a PDF, you can take a snapshot of what is currently on the iPad.
  3. All of your snapshots are kept in this folder.
  4. You can set the background image for Air Sketch here. It pulls from your Camera Roll or Photo Stream.
  5. You can share your sketch/annotated presentation here via email as a PDF or a JPG, or you can save it to your photo library (Camera Roll and/or Photo Stream).
  6. These are the Undo and Redo buttons.
  7. You can select various line weights and colors here. There is also a highlighting tool.
  8. An eraser
  9. This clears the board.

Tips from the Air Sketch website

How to open a PDF file in Air Sketch

  1. Email the PDF file to yourself or use a File Manager App that supports the “Open In . . .” feature, such as Dropbox, to transfer it to your iPad.
  2. Open the PDF file within Mail or the third-party file manager app to view it.
  3. Tap “Open In . . .” and select Air Sketch.

Working with PDF files

  • Air Sketch works with one PDF file at a time and doesn’t store or manage PDF files directly.
  • Tap the page number on the PDF page controls to quickly jump to any page.
  • Tap Share-> Email as PDF to email the entire annotated PDF document.
  • Note: There appears to be a limit to the size of email attachments on the iPad. We’ve (the “we” here are the app developers) found that documents under around 10MB (or PDF files up to around 75 pages) tend to be sent ok, but sending larger ones may fail. This appears to be an OS limitation and happens in other apps as well, which we hope will be addressed in a future upgrade.

For more additional information about Air Sketch, visit qrayon’s website, the developer of Air Sketch:

Related post: Using Tegrity with Air Sketch on Your iPad

Using Tegrity with Air Sketch on Your iPad

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

Jason Miller, eTech’s sys admin, came up with a neat little trick the other day. One of the difficulties of lecturing with the iPad is that for those faculty and instructors who use Tegrity, the campus lecture-capture tool, Tegrity cannot capture a lecture directly from the iPad. The Tegrity app is for watching recordings, not creating them. So, what’s a Tegrity-using, iPad-carrying faculty member to do?

Tegrity captures lectures on a multimedia room computer by recording anything that happens on that computer along with audio from the podium mic or the multimedia room’s wireless mic. So if you’re presenting a PowerPoint, showing a movie from the computer’s disk drive, or pulling up a website, you’re going to capture it with Tegrity. The key here is how Air Sketch on the iPad works with the multimedia room computers. Because you’re streaming what you’re doing in Air Sketch through the multimedia room computer’s browser, you’re able to record that on Tegrity. I used Tegrity to record an Air Sketch presentation earlier today, and it worked great.

For additional information on how to use Air Sketch, see Air Sketch Tips from the iPad 101 Workshop. You can also contact eTech for additional assistance. For more information on Tegrity, contact the Faculty Resource Center at elearning[at]



Raising Articulatory Awareness with the iPad

October 28th, 2011 Comments off

In this video, recorded during the recent workshop in which Arts and Sciences faculty reported to Dean Olin about their work with iPads, Dr. Cipria describes how she used the iPad 1 with digital video cameras to help students improve their Spanish vowel pronunciation. Here is a link to her blog post.

Strategic Interaction: The Impact of Mobile Technology (iPads) on Learning

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

Here is the video link of Dr. Emily Ritter’s presentation, in which she describe how she, Dr. Park, and Dr. Vonnahme looked at the impact of iPads on a student-centered activity designed to teach strategic thinking. The blog posts describing this activity can be found at these links: Part 1 and Part 2.

Dr. Alicia Cipria–The iPad in a Spanish phonetics course: Raising articulatory awareness to enhance pronunciation

September 23rd, 2011 Comments off

Vowel production in English and in Spanish requires different ways of rounding and tensing the lips as well as degrees of jaw movement for accurate production and perception. In this sense, articulation to produce Spanish vowels needs to be more fixed and unambiguous than for English vowels, which usually have more variation in the production of a single vowel. In my Spring 2011 SP 484 class, I asked students to work with an interactive articulatory website. I then used a Flip handheld video camera to record students’ mouths while they read sentences in Spanish. The videos were split into photo stills or snapshots and saved to Dropbox and then to the photo library on the iPad. I then opened the stills in AirSketch, which has a folder for all of the images that are in the iPad photo library, and used a stylus to indicate changes in mouth articulation that would help the student produce a more native-like pronunciation. I emailed the resulting annotated photo instantly to the student, with space for extra comments, and attached their original recording. I also projected the annotated images so that we could discuss them in class. Because I was using an iPad 1, I had to find apps that were VGA compatible. AirSketch provided for more seamless composing and projecting than using iAnnotate in combination with Perfect Browser, which is what I tried first.

In the picture, you will see that the English-speaking student is producing a Spanish vowel sound with neutral lips (as in English). By using AirSketch on the iPad, I indicated to him the correct lip and jaw position to produce the Spanish [a] sound more clearly, as in the word disciplinAs.

Students found the experience helpful and enjoyable. With this method, I was able to help them become more aware of what sounds they actually produced and the changes they needed to make. After they received the annotated images and after class discussions, I assessed their pronunciation with another recording, which, in most cases, showed improvement in pronunciation.

It was a very useful experience overall. An initial drawback was trying to experiment with different apps until I found the ones that would do what I needed. The real drawback was the interface with the Flip video cameras I used, with much time spent trying to figure out a way to avoid using a computer to mediate between the iPad and the cameras, as well as trying to make the Flip app work. I got very useful help, though, from eTech all throughout the process. The major strengths of the experience were the portability of the iPad and the handy ways of making annotations for students. I plan to carry on the project again this semester, but using other video cameras, and iMovie to edit the videos into smaller clips.

-Alicia Cipria is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from The Ohio State University, specializing in the semantics of verb tense and aspect. She has been involved with the Roadmap to Redesign for the three large courses of Spanish at the Elementary level since its very conception, in 2004. After the official R2R project finished successfully, she continued working on the refinement of the hybrid courses that resulted from R2R (in-class/online combination), which is still the norm for Elementary Spanish at UA, allowing for the accommodation of an ever-growing student enrollment. Dr. Cipria has directed dissertations dealing with the application of technology to language courses and has been invited to numerous focus sessions and advisory meetings dealing with technology and languages, organized by different publishers of College Spanish textbooks (McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Heinle/Cengage, and Wiley).

Air Sketch

February 17th, 2011 6 comments

Air Sketch turns the iPad into a wireless whiteboard so that you can mark up PDFs (such as Keynote or PowerPoint presentations saved as PDFs) while projecting onto the screen in a multimedia room. This can also be used as a whiteboard from within Wimba Live Classroom, which is very handy for those of you trying to conduct online office hours and needing to sketch something out or work out an equation. See an explanation of how this works in upcoming blog post.

–Rebecca Johnson