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Technologies and Humanities in the Five Colleges March 1st

Digital Humanities Colloquium 03-01-2013   This Friday, March 1, 2013 at

Webster 102, Amherst College.  Panel discussions and presentations from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  iPad in teaching case studies will be presented.

It is Written: Handwriting Apps for iPad

Handwriting recognition apps on the iPad

MyScript Memo
Just write in your own hand as clearly as you can. Export as text if you want handwriting-to-text conversion. The app will show you converted text only as part of exporting your document. In other words, when you have finished writing your notes then you’ll choose to export. Then, and only then, will your handwriting be converted. You can now copy the text to another application or save the converted document to Evernote, Facebook, or Twitter.
I wrote in script for one line and then I printed for several more lines. Both converted accurately.

As you write with your finger or stylus, Writepad converts into text and places it line by line at the beginning of the document. Writepad allows you to execute various commands by gestures on the screen. That’s interesting. And, of further interest is the fact that you can create your own shortcuts by writing “NEW,” circling it, and then typing what you want the shortcut to do in the pop-up box. Tutorial/overview on YouTube.

Smart Writing Tool-7 Notes
This one has a free version and a premium version. Only the premium version with do handwriting-to-text conversion.

It is a complex notetaking app with many features. Just go through the tutorials and you will quickly understand how it all works. There are very good tutorials on YouTube, as well. This is an interesting app for those who want a sophisticated notetaking experience that happens to include handwriting recognition.
Phatpad has handwriting recognition and conversion to text. You will be able to toggle keyboard use vs. handwriting recognition on the Tools menu. You write in the handwriting box at the bottom of your screen. As you finish each line and touch the Enter button, your converted text appears in a text box in the document. You can delete any word that is incorrect or touch the word and replace it with one of the suggested alternatives from a list.
I suggest writing in script. If you consistently print then go back to Tools to accept the Separate Letters option.

I can post from my mobile device

It is possible to send my student out into the field and expect them to send in entries or posts to our blog.


I photographed my class’s citation exercises and emailed them my comments via an cool new app Noteshelf. Caryl

Noteshelf is a handwriting notetaking app. Exports to Dropbox or Evernote or Facebook as PDF or image files. Can be projected so can be used as a presentation tool. iPad app.

Here’s an iPad Task: create an instructional video

You can create an instructional video for your students. All steps can be done on your iPad:

1. Use CloudOn or Docs to Go or any wordprocessing or notetaking app to outline the flow of your video. If you use a notetaking app like Paperport Notes or Pages then you can draw your steps (storyboarding) and write your script in one document.

2. Use your camera to take still images that will appear in your video. You can use the iPad camera for video recording, as well.

3. Use iMovie app to edit your video, to assemble all parts of your instructional product, and

4. use iMovie to record your Voice Over narration.

You can even show your instructional clip in class from your iPad.

A Map of iPad Deployments for Fall, 2012

A little nibbler that you may find interesting. Link to a map of iPad deployments for Fall 2012 (not a great map and clearly an underestimate ,but you’ll get the idea).

map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=206671720793257686956.0004c85984dc7093cd396&msa=0

article: http://www.zdnet.com/map-back-to-school-drives-100-huge-ipad-and-tablet-deployments-7000003458/

Movement Evaluation Apps

Daphne found this article on movement evaluation apps:


Here’s an iPad Task: jot down an idea and then . . .

Notetaking: write a note to self. There are lots of notetaking options. There are the basic Notes app that comes with the iPad, NotesPlus, Passport Notes, Evernote, and more. Tablets are great for just getting an idea down for development later.

Email that note to self or to someone else. Your text can be copied and pasted in to another app. For instance, a rough idea jotted down in a notetaking app could be moved into QuickOffice or Docs to Go or another app that emulates Microsoft Office. Now you have Word to use to create an essay or article or a student assignment. Or, in Excel you have a real spreadsheet that can carry your data/analyze your data and even be shared with your desktop computer or an online database. Or, you can paste your note text into a slide or two and begin and, later, edit a slide presentation on your iPad.

Remember that you can present from your iPad.

Here’s an iPad Task: grading papers

It’s possible to streamline the task of grading papers by using an iPad. Begin by asking your students to send their papers to you in the PDF format. Then,

1. Receive email with attachment. It is a student paper (PDF).
2. Click on the attachment’s icon so that you now see the attachment preview. Use the Open In Menu (it has an arrow). From the menu, choose iAnnotatePDF. Open attachment in iAnnotatePDF (this is one of several PDF readers available).
3. Mark up student paper. You can highlight text, underline, type comments that appear in pop up bubbles, create an audio comment, and more. Students can see your annotations as they read the paper in Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other PDF reader on their computer.
4. Save a copy of the annotated paper locally or to your cloud storage service.
5. Click on the Library tab. Drag the paper’s icon to left menu where you can apply options. Choose Share. Return paper via email.

iPad Task Ideas for Teaching

These ideas comprise a short list of how faculty are currently using iPads to the benefit of their teaching:
• Carrying textbooks or ebooks
• Instant search capability
• Online video instruction
• Create digital educational apps
• Digital demos
• Grading papers
• Interactive texts
• Collaboration
• Fieldwork
• “Live” newspapers—creating and reading
• Presentations
• Music transcription
• Editing video clips
• Sketching ideas
• Mind mapping
• Data gathering
• Numerical analysis
• Quiz creation
• Writing notes and/or essays
• Skype: real time communication with colleagues across the world