On January 23, twenty-two iWizards began creating the presentations and resources that they would use at the new-student iPad orientation. The group was primarily composed of freshwomen, meaning that the class of 2017 would show the ropes to the class of 2018.
The girls had already divided into teams around four training modules. The iWizards selected skills that would be most vital for a new student to have under her belt as she walked into her classes the first day:
Schoology/Dropbox – Workflow for moving files in and out of our new Learning Management System.
Pages/Printing – How to create a text document and print it at our Media Center.
iAnnotate PDF – This is a workhorse app at Mercy that students use to take notes on files provided by their teachers.
iMovie / Keynote – New students would be introduced to multimedia apps for creating slides and making movies.
After some ice-breaker exercises led by Taylor (second-year iWizard), the teams were given the opportunity to strategize in the Baggot Street Conference Room or work in the Mac Lab. Then, after lunch each team briefed the entire group on their progress. Another work session concluded the day. Each team successfully achieved its production goals for the day.