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The Ohio State Communication course Writing and Editing for News this semester was beneficiary of the university’s first Digital First iPad Grant. The goal: put iPads in a journalism class and teach journalism fundamentals concurrent with multimedia-using the iPad exclusively. Follow our progress.

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Nicole Kraft’s Digital First Impact Grant Application Video

Digital First Impact Grant Project Plans 2013

Nicole Kraft, Assistant Professor – Clinical, School of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences

iReporting with the iPad: Developing the Next-Generation Journalist

The journalism newsroom of the future will be the world around us, and iPads are the tool every journalist must master to be part of that newsroom. This project will equip and train the next generation of reporters and editors on the iPad technology that will make them the journalists of the future.

Kraft – Project Plan 2013-2014

 

Dr. Jeffrey Parvin, Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Co-Director Biomedical Sciences Program, College of Medicine

iPad Enabled Curriculum for First Year Graduate Students

The College of Medicine will implement iPads as an integral learning tool in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Year one students will receive iPads and act as the catalyst for redesigning course materials and curriculum structure with a goal of enhancing the teaching and learning experiences by creating an anywhere, anytime mobile learning environment.

Parvin – Project Plan 2013-2015

Deer Meet Headlights: It’s Time to Take a Ride by Nicole Kraft

First class down, no iPads yet in hand, and already I can feel a range of emotion exuding from my Ohio State Comm 2221 students that ranges from excitement and enthusiasm to panic.

I encouraged them to panic–for next three hours, and then it’s time to start working.

There were 32 of us in the room, including me and our GA Natalee, just about capacity.

I was excited there were seven people (just under 25 percent) who acknowledged owning iPads, and all but two raised their hand when I asked about comfort with Twitter.

The class make-up is 20 women and 10 men, 16 journalism majors, 12 Ag Comm majors, an English major and a communication major.

We have two Chinese nationals, an Ethiopian, a transfer student from Valparaiso and a pair of young women who are admirably fascinated by Middle East politics.

The best line of the day came from one young woman who said she love to write and she loves to gossip and tell people who she knows.

Ah, the perfect recipe for a journalist.

I shared with them our opportunity for new technology and for research, and those who came up after class were extremely enthusiastic.

Tomorrow we will explain consent and those willing to venture into research will sign up. On Friday the deployment begins after a brief setup delay awaiting app codes from Wired Out and serial numbers.

To get into the spirit, I vow to do everything I can for Comm 2221, staring right now, on the iPad.

I’m starting with blogging and all social media, with the exception of setting up lists on Twitter, for which I seem t need the laptop.
Yes my “deer” friends, the headlights that shocked you this morning represent the ride of a lifetime. I can’t wait to begin.

Post by Nicole Kraft – Kraft of Writing – @Nicole_Kraft

 

In the Beginning, There Were iPads by Nicole Kraft

Three months in the making.

$25,000 expended.

An entire course rewritten, revised and revised again.

And it begins tomorrow.

The Digital First Impact Grant goes from concept to reality starting tomorrow, as we unpack 30 iPads with Otterbox cases, microphones, keyboards and other accessories.

We will load them with apps, inventory and affix with ID tags. We will clean off the screens and stack them in my office, awaiting three days hence when we unveil them on our research subjects–otherwise known as Autumn 2013 Comm 2221.

This is the beginning of a nine-month research project digging into the dynamic of digital journalism education. Equipped with iPads, our students will learn core journalism concepts and multimedia skills concurrently.

They will be taught to structure words, shoot photos, record video and audio and utilize social media–all within the flipped classroom environment afforded by Apple’s iTunes U technology and state-of-the art iPads.

I’m excited and nervous, invigorated and apprehensive about what is coming, knowing there will be challenges and opportunity, stresses and freak outs ahead.

I will on this blog chronicle our success and failures, our steps forward and back as we go through this learning process. In the end, we will have a project that we hope advances our understanding of journalism education and our ability to turn students into mojos (mobile journalists) more thoroughly and efficiently.

iPads at the ready. It’s time to start.

Post by Nicole Kraft – Kraft of Writing@Nicole_Kraft

Welcome to the Digital First Impact Grant Blog

Greetings and welcome to the Digital First Impact Grant Blog!

This blog is designed to provide information about Digital First Impact Grant projects sponsored by WOW! and the Office of Distance Education & eLearning. This blog will be updated regularly with project plans, photos, videos, posts from professors who have received a Digital First Impact Grant, and general updates on each project.

Please check back regularly: http://u.osu.edu/dfgrants