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Dr. Margaret Peacock–iPads and the Master Narrative

January 17th, 2012 Comments off

Dr. Margaret Peacock describes how using iPads in her history seminar helped students understand the significance of having access to primary materials.

-Margaret Peacock received her Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, her MS in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. She has published multiple articles on semiotics and the history of youth and childhood in the Cold War. Her first manuscript, “Cold War Kids: Images, Childhood, and the Collapse of Cold War Consensus,” is forthcoming. Before becoming an historian she worked as an Oracle Database Replication Specialist and Java Programmer for Nortel Networks in the Silicon Valley.

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iCloud: The Basics

October 13th, 2011 Comments off

You’ll be seeing a number of summaries of the new features in iOS 5 posted to this blog in the coming days. Today’s summary–how to set up iCloud.

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iOS 5: What you can expect . . .

October 12th, 2011 Comments off

iOS 5, the new update to the operating system for Apple mobile devices, is now available. The link below provides highlights of the changes in this HUGE update.

If you’d like to update your iPad, iPod, or iPhone, be sure to first install on your computer the newest version of iTunes from

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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).

iPad tip of the week: Connecting an iPad via VGA dongle in an A&S classroom

July 8th, 2011 Comments off

This video demonstration covers hooking up your iPad via a dongle to an A&S podium.

– Jason Miller, Paul Jarnagin

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Remote Desktop App – SplashTop

June 15th, 2011 Comments off

SplashTop Remote Desktop Review

With a plethora of remote desktop applications in the app store, which one is best?

I have tried and tested several remote desktop apps, some of which include LogMeIn-Ignition, Remote Desktop Lite, GoToMyPC , and a few others. After installing and setting up SplashTop Remote app, it is then that I truly appreciated what the $1.99 app had to offer.

Unique to SplashTop is its ability to stream video and audio to the iPad from the host computer. This means that you can listen to your iTunes or Windows media library on your iPad, connect to your office computer and work on files within SPSS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and so much more.

Click icon above to watch video of SplashTop in action.

-Paul Jarnagin

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Atomic web browser: an overview

May 27th, 2011 Comments off

In this video, we demonstrate the Atomic web browser. This browser is an alternative to Safari and incorporates some unique capabilities not found in Safari.


Please click the link below to access the transcript:

Atomic web browser transcript

– Jason Miller, Paul Jarnagin

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Choosing an AT&T data plan for your iPad

May 26th, 2011 Comments off

Domestic Data

AT&T offers two data plans for the iPad based on the amount of data you will likely use during a 30-day period: $14.99 per month for 250 MB
 or $25.00 per month for 2 GB.

How much data will you need? If you stick mostly to e-mail, general Web browsing, and watching a YouTube video once in a while, the 250 MB option should suffice. Watching an average YouTube video uses between 5 and 10 MB of data. The iPad will default to using Wi-Fi if a signal is available, so that even if your 3G is enabled, browsing in a Wi-Fi environment won’t eat into your data plan.

If you would like to enable the 3G cellular service on your iPad, tap the Settings icon, then Cellular Data, and then View Account. You may want to try the lower-priced plan for a month to see whether it meets your needs. There are no penalties for deleting your data plan or changing it mid-subscription. Also, with the 250 MB plan, the iPad will let you know when you’re about to reach your data limit. You’ll get three alerts — at 20 percent of 250 MB remaining in your plan, 10 percent, and zero. You can choose to ignore the alert or add another 250 MB or upgrade to the 2 GB plan. If you exceed the amount of data in your domestic data plan, your plan will expire, but it will renew automatically at the end of the 30 days.

Data plan charges will appear on the credit or debit card bill that you used to set up the account. The subscription renews automatically, and Apple will send you an email notification each time the plan automatically renews. To change or delete the plan or check the amount of data that you have left, tap the Settings icon, and then Cellular Data. You will then need to enter the username and password that you used to create the account.

International Data

–Paul Jarnagin

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Installing and Using AppShopper

May 24th, 2011 1 comment

We have created a quick video tutorial showing how to use the invaluable AppShopper app.

AppShopper is an app that shows you the latest releases, compiles a list of the most popular apps, and notifies you of updates or sales.

Please click the link below to access the transcript:

AppShopper Transcript

– Jason Miller, Paul Jarnagin


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iPad Styluses

May 10th, 2011 Comments off

Choosing a stylus for your iPad can be a tough decision, which is why I have attached a link to an article that reviews some of the most popular iPad styluses currently available. Photos and prices of each stylus are included in the article.
Review of iPad Styluses

– Jason Miller

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