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Thank you for reading! Stay tuned

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Hello,

This is just a quick post to say thank you to everyone to took the time to read my blog over the past 2 years! I started this blog with an ambition to document my learning with iPad and its been fun to write the posts as well as read the old ones! The blog actually started as part of a proposed “Diary project”, but I did not hear about it again (nor did I enquire again), so I just continued to blog independently. Nevertheless, the blog did gain a lot of attention in it’s own right – being shown at events and other Universities; and this is something I am really proud of.

Its been an amazing journey and when I graduate Westminster this July, I will continue to use iPad in my future career. This means I may continue to post about my learning journey with iPad in the coming months.

As a student in their final year, semester 2 was really good in terms of iPad use. A lecturer managed to squeeze in the “Keynote Live” feature into their presentation which made it easier to follow the slides and read small text. It was an experimental thing, I’m sure, but I can see it having many advantages. I believe there was a limit of 50 viewers, so if Apple increases this (without reducing quality or something), it might be something worth doing in many other lectures.

As far as learning with iPad goes, it remained consistent with previous years I have talked about it. Its great to have a device on the go for revision and using the free apps from FST, and it was something I will always appreciate about Westminster. I only wish that we were given iPads in the first year!

Like I’ve said previously, my journey at Westminster might be over, but my learning journey doesn’t end here. I will continue to embrace my new “skills” with my personal iPad. Not to sound like an ad, but the iPad is something I really enjoyed using as it became part of me. I’ll be honest, it was not too useful for a Computer Science student, but it was good for the non-programming side of things. I’ve been told you can program on an iPad, but IMO it’s not as immersive as a traditional computer.

Also, I can’t forget the fact that the iPad gave me “access” to a hidden room at Apple Regent Street! It was great to visit the store and pick up all the information about probing and using iPad apps.

Secret: The hidden room is just as appealing as the rest of the redesigned store.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog as much as I enjoyed writing the posts, and hope you will come again to read the posts again.

Special thanks to all of the Apple Education team (P. Hutton!), the University of Westminster and Academia for making this learning journey, on My iPad Diary, possible in the first place.

Look out for more posts coming in the next few months – I can’t wait to tell you whats next! It’s really exciting.

Thank you,

Irfan

I Like Apps in Lectures

Its now week 3 and I already have so much to talk about.

3 out 5 of my lecturers have been using the iPad as a way of engaging with students and as a student I am really happy with the outcome.

In one of my module lectures We have used the app ‘Kahoot it’ as a way of playing a quiz with the class and its proven to be very fun and engaging. We’ve used this in 2 out of 3 lectures so far and its really fun. It can become competitive really quickly.

The tutor displays the question on the projector, and we answer using coloured icons on our iPads – much like “who wants to be a millionaire”. After 10 seconds, the answer is displayed. The music is also very funky 🙂

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Secondly, at the end of another tutorial, we use the ‘Poll Everywhere’ app to gather answers to questions set by the tutor. They ask us questions relating to the tutorial (what we’ve learned, what could be better and to define words used in the tutorial). Again, I found this really interesting and its great to see the instant bar charts at the end of the poll to see how many people got what right or wrong. Its anonymous too.

Finally, in another tutorial, the lecturer has been using the Nearpod app as a way to go through tutorial slides and then asks us to complete a range of tasks by drawing on the screen. I found this to be the best way of learning as I was really not understanding the new topic at first, but by the end of the activities I became very competent in labelling parts of a webpage accurately. So this is by far the best use of iPad this semester, along with Kahoot It.

I now have big reasons to bring the iPad into uni on a regular basis and hope this new learning trend continues!

Irfan

Tip: Select Text Like A Pro

What do you do if you want to change that random letter in the middle of that work you’re typing on the iPad?

You’d usually tap and hold and then correct it.

If you update your iPad to iOS 9, you can suddenly forget all about that and select and edit text like a pro.

You can  control the cursor on your iPad by simply moving two fingers anywhere on the keyboard to select, edit and move text.

Since I started using this feature, I found it really hard to go back to the old method. My friend caught me using the touch keyboard and has also been using it. He thought that it could only be used to reposition the cursor, but I explained and demonstrated that he can also select text and move it around.

Try it next time you’re typing something.

Irfan

Welcome

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Hi,

Welcome to my iPad diary.

My name is Irfan and I’m currently in my second year studying Computer Science BSc at the University of Westminster.

As part of a huge pilot project at the University of Westminster, we have been given iPads in an effort to transform learning. They’ve been given to us as a tool to assist lecturers and students to learn in  a more fun, different and engaging way. There has been a lot of fuss about this and why not – it’s the biggest project in any university in the UK.

Since I am always eager to get my hands on technology and talk about it, I not only volunteered to become a student digital ambassador, but I also volunteered to create this blog.

I’ve created this blog to document my use of iPad and how its helped me learn at uni even better. I will use it as a central hub to write about things I like about using it in lectures and tutorials and things I don’t like.

As a student digital ambassador (there are loads of us!) It’s my duty to make sure these iPads are being used to their full potential. Also helping them be integrated as much as possible in fellow classmmates learning environments – while at the time, encouraging everyone become more “digital”.

It’s not all work and no play! I will be documenting any interesting apps and tips that I find useful on iPad, on this blog too.

I hope you will enjoy reading these posts which will be written at least   once a week.
Irfan