Projects

This page contains information about new, current and recent projects that IT Services Academic Technologies have been involved with.

Wireless Content Streaming


Wireless content streaming is a way for students and instructors to share the content of their devices and laptops with the entire class by streaming them to the main classroom display. Testing conducted by Iowa State University Information Technology Services found that using the AirServer software to turn a PC or Apple computer into an AirPlay receiver is a flexible and reliable way to enable students to share content from their Apple iOS devices. As a pedagogical classroom tool this technology has obvious potential. It is, however, not yet mature enough to reliably include devices running other operating systems, such as Android. Thus, instructors need to take this into consideration when they contemplate using wireless content streaming in their classrooms. Read more...


Streaming Media in the Classroom


Streaming of digital media such as audio and video to a classroom provides a simple and easy way of integrating these sources into a course. To facilitate this, instructors may use a streaming media device which is capable of playing locally or remotely stored media files. Testing conducted by the Information Technology Services unit found that the Roku 3 and Western Digital TV Live streaming media devices may be good options for adding streaming media capabilities to an ISU classroom. It was also found that the Plex Media Server is a viable solution for hosting and serving these media files to either device. Read more...


eTexts and eReaders

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Educational eTexts have the potential to be far more than their paper-based counterparts. More than just words on a page, an eText could be a centralized learning hub, incorporating social functions, interactive exercises, personalized learning paths, video, and embedded animations. However, that vision has yet to be realized, and factors of publisher commitment, software design, teacher training, and sustainable business plans are all issues that need resolution before a robust eText vision can be realized. Read more...