With a grant from the University of Washington, Lara Hollingworth gave her students a great opportunity to be on the cutting edge of research. They’re studying, measuring and observing C. Elegans in an attempt to find the sister species and moving scientific research forward.
With the support from SEP’s iPad Project Lara is able to use the Exo Lab Focus Camera to help get her in each of her student groups to maximize their time and recordings. Once they had measurements and pictures the students emailed themselves their photos and data that was recorded via iPad and they wrote up their lab report with their school provided netbooks.
This is the second year I’ve been able to help Lara with this project and we have definitely ironed out the kinks. We’ve streamed line how the students get their data by providing a dummy email(we use gmail) and the students just have to email themselves with the attachments. In the past, I had to sync every iPad with dropbox and then email a link just to get students their data. While our new approach works great with this particular project, it’s not a fix all. Many other classes are still getting the ol’ dropbox treatment, creating a lot more work for me. Hopefully Apple will recognize how iPads are being used outside of just being a personal device and add some additional options built into their iOS. Until then, this will just have to do.