As educational institutions from kindergarten through college increasingly explore iPad initiatives, app developers and educators say LectureTools' latest foray could be transformative in the classroom as well as a flipped classroom tool.
The product, created by a University of Michigan startup of the same name, spun out of research by Perry Samson, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences who has won awards for his teaching practice.
The application offers an alternative to clickers that harnesses the potential of the iPad, turning it into one of the most active in-class learning and communication tools, with cloud based storage. Anything added to the app is instantly available online through students' LectureTools web accounts. This is important in situations where students only have access to iPads in the classroom, but not in the events for homework.