Educational Technology Group
Grant Report: iPad For Teaching
Submitted by Tina Xiaotian Zhang
Finance Department, SEBA
April 9, 2016

I was fortunate to receive an ETG fund in 2011 for an iPad. I have often used the iPad for my teaching.

Many iPad APPs have been used to demonstrate advanced data analysis skill for my students. Some innovative APPs quickly transform the market/industry/company data (for a Finance study) into an iPad. For instance, I introduced the APPs (such as Bloomberg Business, Scottrade, WSJ, Rueters Inside, and Investment Guide+) in my finance classes. Most students have Apple products and they got explore into the mobile analysis tool by my iPad demo.

The iPad have helped me to improve my teaching effectiveness. For example: I introduced some free public courses from iTune U; and I used HypoCalc, an APP of hypothetical investment calculator, to help my students understand the risk and return associated with real world investments. My SEBA colleague Cathy Finger told me an APP of Attendance2. I have started it to keep class attendance for my undergraduate courses.

One of my favorite APPs is iAnnotate PDF. I often used it to mark student homework and share my slides and notes to the whole class. By using this APP, I can easily mark on my student work (any PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and image files), and make my comments more visible. For instance, I can highlight my comments with the annotated pop-up tool. Thus, my students won’t miss the important comments I have made to their work. With this APP, I can share my comments to my students via emails, Dropbox, Google Drive, and/or Microsoft OneDrive. It’s very useful for group projects.

There are many good feathers for the APP. Below I just list an example of my iAnnotate PDF work.

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Overall, the iPad is very helpful for my teaching. I’d like to express my appreciation for the Educational Technology Group support and grant.

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