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Thursday, June 6 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Keeping The App Out Of The Classroom With HTML5 -T5

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Schools at all levels of education are introducing technology into the classroom at a rapid pace. News stories about iPads being issued to every student are commonplace, and Apple specifically mentioned the education market with the introduction of the iPad Mini. In my presentation I will argue against the creation of platform specific "Apps” for the classroom, citing reasons both technical and logistical. I will demonstrate how you can replicate most of the functionality available in a native iOS or Android application with HTML5. To inform the development of a collaboration platform aimed at high school physics activities, researchers at Tufts University performed a thorough evaluation of the technology resources available inside the classrooms we encountered. The diversity of devices and operating systems was striking, and over 50% of schools encouraged students to bring their own devices. Barriers to implementation of technology-enhanced collaboration were evaluated, and requiring teachers to install and update an application was a problem of both time and expertise. On the development side, going through the certification process for an “App Store” is time consuming. HTML5 works on any device and operating system, doesn’t require any installation, and is quickly updated in a single location on the server. Participants will be given the opportunity to interact with our collaboration platform, InterLACE (http://bit.ly/ILHistory). I will present specific 3rd party tools that enable a wide range of interaction on all devices, tips and tricks for multi-platform development, and education specific design principles.

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Eric Coopey

PhD Student, Tufts University

Thursday June 6, 2013 3:30pm - 4:20pm
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  • Session Code T5

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