The iPad is going to be a big hit in the education arena – deservedly so in my view, not just for the magical device itself – but because of the wealth of great educational apps that are springing up for it.
Today’s news that Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania has chosen to make the Art Authority for iPad app an integral part of their Art History classes is a great example of this. I reviewed Art Authority back in May and called it a ‘flagship app for the iPad’. It’s honestly one of the most impressive apps I’ve ever seen on any platform, and I’m delighted to hear this news about it today.
Here is lots more detail from the press release on this news today:
Greensburg, PA – With the start of a new school year, Art History students at Seton Hill University will be using "Art Authority for iPad" as an integral part of their classes, the app’s creators and the University announced today. The app is a key part of a pilot program aimed at understanding how the iPad and the app can aid, extend and transform the traditional learning environment.
In early April, 2010, Seton Hill announced that it will be providing an iPad to every student this semester. At the same time, Open Door Networks Inc. and Project A Inc. ("We-Envision.com") shipped Art Authority for iPad, a top-10 reference app that provides access to over 40,000 paintings and sculptures from over 1000 western artists, organized by artist name and artistic period. The natural synergy between the two was immediately obvious.
"When we heard about Seton Hill’s program, we immediately realized what a great opportunity it was to understand how an app like Art Authority can supplement that type of learning environment, and how in turn that environment can supplement and evolve Art Authority," said Alan Oppenheimer, president of Open Door Networks. "It benefits the students, the university and us the developers. It’s a huge win-win-win situation, and the way of the future."
Art Authority for iPad will be a key component of AR 200 "Italian Renaissance Art" and AR 205 "Modern Art" in the fall semester starting today. "The use of Art Authority on the new iPad will give our students enhanced learning advantages in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Being able to instantly access visual information streamlines instructional technology in a fun, exploratory way," said Pati Beachley, associate professor of art and director of the Art Program at Seton Hill.
We-Envision.com is providing free copies of the app to art faculty and students as part of the pilot program, and will be working throughout the term to elicit and react to their feedback. "One of the great things about the whole iPhone/iPad development system is that we can make a change and potentially have it available within a week or two," concluded Oppenheimer.
Art Authority is also available for the iPhone and Macintosh, and is offered to educational institutions at half price through Apple’s new App Store Volume Purchase Program.
Seton Hill University, founded in 1885 by the Sisters of Charity, is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Greensburg, Pa. Seton Hill offers more than 30 undergraduate programs, nine graduate programs, and several advanced certifications. For more information on Seton Hill please visit the Web site or call 1-800-826-6234.
Really great news. It couldn’t happen to a nicer app.
You can find Art Authority for iPad in the App Store now, priced at $8.99.