This brief is the first in a series from OMSI Senior Educator, Kristin Bayans, on how iPads are used in demos and classes for the Technology Lab.
Demos (hands on facilitated small group activity):
Little Bits – Little Bits pieces are spread out upon a desk. The iPad is propped up on the desk next to the facilitator and cued to the Little Bits website.
The iPad serves three functions in this scenario. One, to provide a related ancillary activity for the visitor in the party not actively engaged with the Little Bits. This visitor, often a parent, may choose to watch the Little Bit’s founding director’s TED talk. The talk last approximately 5 minutes, and is played on a subtitled loop. Secondly, it allows visitors to look up more information on the Little Bits parts and purchasing locations. Thirdly, it allows the facilitator to change up the activity by referencing facilitation techniques posted to the Little Bits website.
iPad is another entry point into the demo.
iPad is a handy and quick reference material.
Facilitator has to keep an eye on the device while performing the demo.
Facilitator has to cue the TED talk every 5 minutes.
Science + Art: Stop Motion Animation- Five iPads are set upon the floor and cued to Stop Motion Studio App ($0.99). Here, iPads are the main vehicle for class participation. Students set up scenes and shoot still photographs with the app to create a 24 frame per second and a 14 frame per second stop motion animated movie. Students watch each other’s movies at the end of the class period.
App has a short learning curve.
App has the ability to export movie to social media or email (take home).
Need a stand to hold iPad while shooting still photographs.
Screen is not extremely sensitive to pressure, maybe a software issue with the app.