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LectureTools App for iPad

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"LectureTools is a student response system that also allows students to take notes linked with the slides and videos presented in class, answer instructor generated questions and pose questions to the instructor. All notes, questions and activities are instantly synchronized with the LectureTools web application."This is a free app.
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Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: May 11, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 15, 2015
Keywords: mobile apps, student engagement, student response system, interactive learning, mobile devices, lecture tools, applications


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: iPad
Technical Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Language: English
Material Version: 1.091
Cost Involved: no
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Avatar for Perry Samson
4 years ago

Perry Samson (Faculty)

The LectureTools iPad app is an excellent alternative to clickers.  Not only does it allow student response to multiple-choice questions but also image-based and free response questions.  Students can pose questions and indicate when they are confused and students see the instructor's slides and videos in and outside class and can take notes synchronized with the slides.  All notes and questions are instantly stored in the cloud and available from any web browser.  

Despite the potential distractive power of having a mobile device in class it's been shown that deliberate engagement of the mobile devices like this actually significantly increases student engagement, especially in larger classes.  Basically if you allow students to participate in class they will!

Technical Remarks:

Cloud-based, all it requires is a wireless connection.

Used in course

Avatar for Sally Robertson
4 years ago

Sally Robertson (Librarian)

Seems like this would be a great way to keep students engaged in the course.  Material can be flagged as confusing by the student.  Notes can be taken on the individual slides.  Slides can be bookmarked for later study. Questions can be asked to the instructor.  The instructor can ask questions and embed videos for the students to watch.

Technical Remarks:

Requires an existing LectureTools account. 

Time spent reviewing site: 25 min.