Friday, August 21, 2009

Learning Applications For The iPod And Handheld Computers

Description >

In depth, interactive study of current research in effective technology - enhanced instructional practices using podcasts, eBooks, eAudio, eVideo within the curriculum to meet state and national content standards and student technology standards. Development and assessment of innovative inquiry based learning activities using an iPod® and other handheld devices. Includes developing a podcast, content choices, recording audio, and distribution.

This course is designed for K-12 classroom teachers, technical and community college instructors, media specialists, technology coordinators, and curriculum coordinators to apply the mobility and flexibility of an iPod® and other handheld devices in designing learning activities that utilize instantaneous sources of media, data, and information to meet a variety of educational needs.

Learning Outcomes >

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the use and benefits of an iPod® and handheld devices within the curriculum to meet state and national standards.
  • Evaluate and select appropriate hardware and software to provide podcasts, eBooks, eAudio, and eVideo with a focus on distribution via an iPod® and handheld devices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to write, download, and distribute eBooks that apply to the curriculum.
  • Prepare and share digital audio, podcasts, and select digital video that apply to the curriculum to be played on an iPod® or other handheld device.
  • Compare, contrast, and evaluate the effectiveness of handheld technologies to support learning in a variety of content areas to meet students’ individual needs.
  • Demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills by staying abreast of current and emerging use and benefits of handheld computers for instruction and classroom management.
  • Design developmentally appropriate lessons and units utilizing handheld computers that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners and address content standards and student technology standards.

Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule. Instruction will be differentiated to accommodate learners with varying levels of technical knowledge.



Class Outline / Syllabus >

By the end of the course, each participant will integrate handheld computers into the curriculum with an instructional unit or administrative application.

Content >

This course is organized around nine modules. In the content modules there will be required readings and activities. Most activities will require your participation in the class discussion and sharing your reflection about what you read and learn. Participants will explore making eBooks, podcasts, vodcasts, and screencasts. Other activities will involve developing action plans or materials that will help you plan for program and professional growth. Suggested activities will include options appropriate to your level of experience.

Modules >
  • Orientation and Practice
  • Evaluating and Selecting Hardware and Software
  • Using eBooks within the Curriculum
  • Writing eBooks
  • Using Podcasts and other eAudio within the Curriculum
  • Preparing Podcasts
  • Using eVideo and Vodcasts within the Curriculum
  • Preparing eVideos, Vodcasts, and Screencasts
  • Assessing Benefits of the iPod® and Handheld Computers within the Curriculum .

Each module is structured around an Introduction, Readings, Activities, an Activity Checklist, and Discussion Board Postings




Required Textbook

Bell, Ann. 2006. Handheld Computers in Schools and Media Centers. Linworth Publishing, Inc.



Ann Bell / School of Education / University of Wisconsin-Stout / Menomonie, Wisconsin


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