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Student Authoring of Content using iBook Author

9 Oct

Even though iBook Author is not available on the iPad and my class is 1:1 with iPad I still think it is very relevant to a 1:1 iPad class.  (All you need is a Mac computer lab or access to a few Macs for students to share)   First, the content the students make using iBook author, is an iBook, meaning the finished product is designed to be viewed on an iPad and secondly the multitouch digital textbooks that students are able to create are awesome!

Click here to see the assignment:  Histology Project Overview

In my anatomy and physiology class I had each student create a single chapter within iBook Author on a specific type of tissue found in the body.  To take advantage of their iPads I had them complete all of their research ahead of time using internet and book research in class.  (I had the library deliver a cart of books on tissues)  In addition to the research they had to take several pictures of their assigned tissue using their iPad cameras and our normal compound microscopes in the class.

After they finished their research and picture taking the student spent two days in the computer lab working on their actual chapter.  I had the student use the same template so when I compiled all the chapters together it would flow into one book.  It only took me about 15 minutes to compile all 20+ chapters.

Once I compiled the book I published it to our Learning Management Systen Canvas so they could download it and use it during out lab portion of the unit.  (Student have to ID unknown tissue samples)

Click here to download the iBook my class made:  New Trier Histology

Here are a few images from the book:

Using an iPad as a Digital Microscope

5 Nov

We have a set of microscopes from the 1970s that are still in great shape but certainly don’t have the ability to capture images.  Digital microscopy is an excellent teaching tool for many reasons.

1.  The large screen allows for the student and the teacher to view the same image at the same time.  It is a lot easier to teach students about what they are looking at if you both can see the screen at the same time.

2.  Even with digital microscopy I still believe the task of drawing to be very important in the development of my students.  The digital images of the slides provides a great way for the teacher and student to compare their drawings directly to what they see under the microscope.  The iPad allows students to capture the small viewing area of a regular compound microscope and transfer it to the larger screen of the iPad.  Once the image has been captured to the iPad the student and the teacher can look at the image and at their drawing.  A really good conversation about what the student is actually seeing can then take place much easier now that we can point to specific items from the slide and their drawings.

While the images are far from perfect they are much better then most teacher expect.  There are better digital microscope options out there but if you already have an iPad or an iPhone why not incorporate this into your microscopy lessons.

See the examples of the lab below.