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Using the Power of the iPod in Education: An Overview

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Description

Schools are evolving in educational goals and are using increasingly powerful tools to improve the education that they are providing to their students.

At almost every level, educators today are investigating the tools that they have at their disposal to transform their educational goals in order to more effectively achieve the 21st century skills that their students need in order to succeed in their schooling and after they graduate in their working and civic lives.

One powerful tool is the compact iPod that has many features that can be taken advantage of by teachers and students due to its portability, and powerful audio/video (and other) features.

Using the Power of the iPod in Education: An Overview is a seven-day online course. In this course, teachers will learn why and how the iPod can improve the education that they are offering to their students. They will learn the pedagogical advantages that can be offered as well as the theoretical underpinnings of these important benefits. In addition, the teachers will be provided with practical examples of how the iPod has been and can be used to improve education and will be provided with explanations of how to use the iPod, iTunes, podcasts and other sources in accomplishing these objectives, along with the theoretical underpinnings of why these elements and techniques willl improve the education that is offered to students.

This course is designed for teachers and course developers at any level, as well as for online course developers.


Outcomes

The basic goals of this course will be as follows:

  • To be introduced to the iPod as applied to education and to gain an understanding of how it can be used to improve your teaching practices.
  • To learn the educational advantages of the iPod for independent learning and accessibility; differentiated learning; and increased efficiencies in learning time.
  • To learn some practical ways that you can use the iPod to increase your teaching effectiveness and the media literacy of your students and to examine why the iPod is so effective in increasing learning gains by appealing to cognitive learning theory.
  • To examine how communication gains, language skills, creativity, and so on can be improved in students by having them create their own multimedia productions and student portfolios.
  • To become familiar with what podcasts are and how they can be used effectively in the classroom.


Assessment

You will be able to work through five units and the final portfolio project of this course on your own. Each unit will consist of a lesson, followed by a self-exercise to apply and synthesize the skills that you have learned in the unit, followed by a multiple choice test on the unit.

The course will culminate in a final portfolio project that will allow you to tie everything you have learned together into a portfolio that you will be able to use as a very handy and powerful reference for your future work with the iPod in education.

The course grade will be determined by the five unit tests.

course quick facts
course code DED2010
cost $59.00
estimated time to
complete course
10 Hours
course materials
available
1 Weeks
instructor

For Anthony Agerskov teaching is a passion, especially online teaching. In addition to being the president of his own company, he has been an online educator for five years, and an educator for 20 years (classroom and online). It is his belief that it is crucial to use the latest technology and educational principles to create online courses for students that is effective, flexible, and exciting. Besides holding two university degrees, he has received a great deal of understanding from the number of trainings he has attended, which have included topics such as: Website design and Web Content.