Digital Technology for Teaching and Learning
A growing number of Skidmore faculty are exploring the use of digital presentation tools in their teaching. These devices and applications provide the option of increased mobility within the classroom as well as the ability to take your teaching "desktop" with you to any classroom. An additional benefit is you can easily capture lecture materials on-the-fly and create reusable learning objects for students and future use. There is a constant flow of interesting new applications available for presenting and annotating lessons, lab materials, and demonstrations.
Examples of these devices:
- iPad - All varieties; however the iPad Pro with it's enhanced drawing capabilities is especially exciting.
- iPhone and other Varieties of Smartphones
- Microsoft Surface Tablet
There are various options for how to connect and project these devices in the classroom. For example, if you are a Mac enthusiast, we have Apple TV's available in a few classrooms, which allow you to present directly from your mobile device. Another popular and easy to use solution is the Doceri app, an interactive whiteboard, free from the App Store. All you need to do is let us know what room you will be teaching in, and we will supply the software needed on the podium.
Academic Technologies is available to assist you in learning about these technologies and testing them out in the classroom. We have devices available for loan, whether its for a few days or for a semester-long trial. We are excited to work with you!
How do I borrow a device?
To get started exploring one of these devices, please complete the form below. Academic Technologies will be notified of your request. After checking on availability, we will get in touch with you to arrange the pickup of the requested device. The equipment pool is limited, so keep in mind the technology is available on a first come, first serve basis. We will do the best we can to accommodate your request.
For faculty who try a technology and find it to be an essential enhancement to their teaching, you can apply for an IT Teaching Solutions Grant.
IT Teaching Solutions Grants
If you have tried out a digital technology and have determined that you just can't teach without it, please take a look at our IT Teaching Solutions Grants. We may be able to help you acquire the device you desire for your longterm use while teaching at the college.
Some Helpful Resources:
Mobile Devices at Skidmore Blog
Interested in purchasing an iPad?
- For personal purchases: IT encourages you to visit the Skidmore Bookstore for assistance with placing an ordering
for an iPad and AppleCare coverage and warranty. IT highly recommends that you purchase AppleCare at the time
of any purchase. You will be glad you did if you ever accidentally drop the device
and crack the screen.
- For departmental purchases: Departments may purchase iPads with their own department funds. An iPad may not be used as a person’s primary computer. It cannot be considered a primary computer when it comes time for a 4 year replacement. All iPads for institutional use should be purchased through IT (Kathy Kinnin) so that the AppleCare gets automatically registered and the device gets included in inventory for loss or warranty purposes. IT does not provide or purchase extra adapters, cords, or cases.