iPad in Education
Traditional teaching methods are rigid and easily boring for the younger generation who are increasingly wired. Thus YouTube may provide an insight into using today’s technological assets to solve educational challenges. iTunes U is an interactive software that is incorporated in educational models to improve students interaction with technology and teacher delivery. The software is functional in iPads and facilitates the creation of new courses. Teachers can create a powerful way of presenting material while the students benefit from rich and immersive learning experience using the iTunes U application. The application is universally available for all stages of learning right from K-12 to college to university level (Rosell-Aguilar, 2013).
The instructor builds the courses and assignments using the free iTunes U app for iPad. Students get free access of the material build by the instructor and can tick each task as it is completed. A student can make some notes while watching a video or audio presentation. The application remembers the location of the notes. The instructor and the classmates can provide constructive criticism via threaded discussions. The instructor can provide written post commenting on the video leading to superior learning experience. Video sharing can be integrated in traditional classes to create and build student portfolios which in effect promote greater density and totality of student learning in contrast with traditional learning systems (Yerrick, 2013).
Since the entire course is in one app synchronization of video, audio and notes is highly possible. Performance communication courses can be executed in a three way process involving; creation of the media and uploading of the video by the instructor and discussion of the video by the students. It is also cheap to learn using audio, video, and text in iTunes U unlike the purchase of textbooks.
Rosell-Aguilar, F. (August, 2013). Delivering unprecedented access to learning through podcasting as OER, but who’s listening? A profile of the external iTunes U user.Computers & Education. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131513000869
Yerrick, R. (July, 2013). Evaluating students’ responses to iTunes U as a rich media delivery solution for teacher education. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7(1). Retrieved from http://eaglescholar.georgiasouthern.edu:8080/jspui/handle/10518/5435