Courtney Mills Mini-Course: Integrating iPads into the Elementary Classroom
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Course Overview
- 3 Course Units
- 4 Course References & Resources
Do you want to add technology into your lessons, but are unsure of how to begin? Are you being pushed by your administrators to add more technology into your lessons, but need a few pointers in how? Well then, you have come to the right place! Integrating technology into a classroom is more than just substituting it for a piece of paper and pencil. Technology can be very effective in the learning process, if only implemented in thoughtful ways. In this course, we will be focusing on how to implement iPads into an elementary classroom.
By the end of this course learners will be able to answer the following questions:
- What is an iPad?
- How are iPads beneficial to student learning?
- What apps are considered appropriate for your students learning needs?
- How do I create an activity that effectively integrates iPads into the classroom?
The main goal for this course is that you to create and implement more lessons and activities that effectively integrate iPads into the elementary classroom.
This course is organized into four units. Throughout the course, you will be asked to:
- Watch instructional videos
- Read through informational text
- Review diagrams
- Reflect on your learning
- Add ideas/questions to the course corkboard
Before we begin, let’s go over a few things that we will need.
In order to complete the course, learners must:
- Basic understanding of computer navigation
- Basic understanding of Apple products
- Understand the needs of the students in his/her classroom
For easier access of reaching course outcomes, learners should have:
- A positive attitude about the impact of technology on education
- An interest in technology use in the classroom
- Self motivation to complete the course
Throughout the course, you will be asked to add your ideas to a virtual corkboard. We will use this area to connect with others who are taking the course. Here, all participants of the course will add thoughts, ideas, questions, and facts they found to be the most interesting. The link is below and will be available again in every unit under the reflection section.
Learning Objective: Given an iPad, learners will be able to identify the different functions and uses.
Learning Objective: The learners will be able to describe in detail at least three benefits of using iPads in the classroom.
Learning Objective: Given an iPad, learners will be able to determine appropriate apps depending on their students’ needs.
Learning Objective: Learners will be able to create lessons and activities that actively engage students through iPad integration.
Course References & Resources
- Apple Inc. (2013). Apps in the classroom: Using iOS apps for teaching and learning. Retrieved from https://images.apple.com/education/docs/L523172A_EDU_App_Guide_062013.pdf
- Blooms Taxonomy with Apps (n.d.). In Wikispaces. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from http://teachwithyouripad.wikispaces.com/Blooms+Taxonomy+with+Apps
- [CoachellaValleyUSD]. (2013, August 14). The real value of iPad apps in the classroom. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a3qCQJ0Y9o
- Crouch, E. [Eric Crouch]. (2013, January 31). iPads in the classroom. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzSNdxsfk0Q
- Darrow, D. (2011a, August 8). K-5 iPad apps for remembering (Bloom’s revised taxonomy, part 1) [Web log]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-diane-darrow
- Darrow, D. (2011b, August 18). K-5 iPad apps for understanding (Bloom’s revised taxonomy, part 2) [Web log]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-understanding-diane-darrow
- Darrow, D. (2011c, August 24). K-5 iPad apps for applying (Bloom’s revised taxonomy, part 3) [Web log]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-applying-diane-darrow
- Darrow, D. (2011d, September 8). K-5 iPad apps for analyzing (Bloom’s revised taxonomy, part 4) [Web log]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-analyzing-diane-darrow
- Darrow, D. (2011e, September 22). K-5 iPad apps for evaluating (Bloom’s revised taxonomy, part 5) [Web log]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-evaluating-evaluation-diane-darrow
- Darrow, D. (2011f, October 4). K-5 iPad apps for creating (Bloom’s revised taxonomy, part 6) [Web log]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-creating-diane-darrow
- [iPad User Guide]. (2013, June 7). How to use an iPad – How to get started with your new iPad – iPad basics tutorial. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13rueUFlSOM&t
- [JudsonISDTV]. (2012, December 12). Transforming the classroom with ipads. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vl7cti0WEg
- Krambeck, P. [Pam Krambeck]. (2013, April 22). Benefits of iPad use in the classroom. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpZsm5MgW-k
- Mahaley, D. [David Mahaley]. (2013, November 19). Teaching and learning with the iPad conference: iPads in elementary education. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLx6truJnnY
- Powell, S. (2014). Choosing iPad apps with a purpose: Aligning skills and standards. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47(1). Retrived from https://laulima.hawaii.edu/access/content/user/kavitar/Articles/Readings/Powell-iPadApps.pdf