The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 20th, 2015
Students in Ronald A. Yaros’s Info 3.0 class at the University of
Maryland at College Park this fall will use a smartphone app
specifically designed for practically everything in the course: Writing
blog posts, sending tweets, and shooting video interviews.
Mr. Yaros doesn’t allow laptop computers in his classroom but not
because he doesn’t expect students to look at screens. Instead, he asks
them to bring a tablet computer or use their smartphones to follow along
with his interactive demonstrations during class, which he can beam to
their devices using another app, called Nearpod. With a swipe of the
finger on his iPad, the screens on his students’ devices change as well.
In addition to slides, he pulls up work the students have done in the
week since their last meeting, as well as asks open-ended questions,
polls them, and shares PDFs on the small screen.