Whole Task Learning Utilizing iPad Technology

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Whole Task Learning Utilizing iPad Technology

Introduction

There is no question that we are in the middle of a technological revolution. The majority of our students are engulfed in several forms of technology everyday and come to school equipped with the knowledge to use technology. Since the iPads unveiling in 2010, this device is showing up in more and more school districts with the assumption that it is a beneficial tool for education. Many students are familiar with the iPad, but does the same hold true for teachers? Are teachers receiving the necessary training needed to use this device and incorporate it into instruction in an effective way? Read this interesting blog paying particularly close attention to statements 1-3 and number 6. Does this sound like any teachers you know? Unfortunately, the majority of us would probably answer yes. Are we reaching the full potential that the iPad has to offer? Rather than using this device as a reward for students to play games on, why not take a different approach to the way we use it in our instruction.

In this mini-course, you will learn about the basics of the iPad and models of whole task learning. You will also learn how to design instruction that uses the iPad as an instructional tool in the bigger picture of a whole task learning event.

By the end of this course, your goal is to create a lesson that takes a whole task instructional approach and utilizes the iPad as a tool.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course students will:

  • Using the iPad, executes navigating and performing basic functions efficiently.
  • Given a topic, generates appropriate apps by searching and selecting them from resources.
  • Given a topic to teach, generates a lesson plan that uses the iPad as a tool to aid in learning.
  • Given a topic to teach, generates a lesson plan that utilizes a whole task instructional approach.

What Do You Know?

Before starting the course I would like to get an idea of what everyone knows about these topics. In a word document please briefly answer the following questions, then email the document to me. 1) What do you know about whole-task instruction? 2) How much exposure have you had to using the iPad? Would you consider yourself a beginner or advanced or somewhere in between? Tell me about your experiences using the iPad? Do you use it often in instruction? 3) What are your views on incorporating technology into education?

Lesson One:Whole Task Learning

Objective:

When asked to discuss benefits of whole task learning, learners will state at least two pedagogical benefits by writing a short response in a discussion forum.

Lesson Two: iPad Technology in Education

Objective:

When asked to discuss benefits of the iPad in education, students will state at least two benefits by writing short responses in a discussion forum and a short reflection piece.

Lesson Three: Using the iPad

Objectives:

Given an iPad an written instruction to complete certain basic tasks on the iPad, identifies ways to complete these tasks by writing out there steps in a response.

Given an iPad, generates applications for the iPad to aid in an educational plan for a given topic, by writing a response that explains process.

When asked to justify selection of an app that aids in teaching an educational topic, generates a written response explaining rationale.

Lesson Four: Bringing It All Together

Objectives:

Given a topic to teach, generates a whole task approach lesson plan in writing, that utilizes the iPad as an instructional tool.

Extended Resource

http://innovativescholar.com/

References

Lai, S. (2013, April 17). How To Be A Terrible iPad Teacher. Retrieved from http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/how-to-be-a-terrible-ipad-teacher