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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


iPads and Teacher Education

by Penelope Swenson
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.25 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jun 25, 2012 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is a recording of a webinar sponsored by ISTE/sigte- iPad the Third Hand. It discusses a two year study using iPads with two groups of preservice teachers. Penelope Swenson describes some of the difficulties encountered in the project and some of the benefits the participants reported. In the original broadcast this was an interactive presentation. The chat dialog is included as well as the questions posed by the listeners.
Learning Goals: The goal of the learning material is to present research findings on how preservice teachers and student teachers would use iPADs in a classroom setting. Viewers can develop a general understanding of the potential uses of iPads with preservice teachers.
Target Student Population: Higher education, elementary and secondary education faculty and administrators.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The pre-requisites for understanding the presentation include familiarity with the acronyms ISTE and SIG which stand for International Society for Technology in Education and Special Interest Group respectively. The viewer must also have a working knowledge of Apple ipads and other handheld mobile devices.
Type of Material: Although it was submitted as a workshop and training material, it is essentially a lecture/presentation. It is 58 minutes long.
Recommended Uses: Educational technology specialists and school adminstrators could use the findings when considering whether or not to invest in new classroom technology. Teachers may discover new ways to use iPads in their classrooms. Teacher educators can use this material to determine how to integrate technology into University classrooms.
Technical Requirements: Internet browser, computer with speakers.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This is a good overview of the rationale and problems in introducing the use of iPads for preservice teachers. Research is presented on iPad features, uses, and challenges for teachers in classroom settings.
Concerns: The presentation is generic. Examples of specific comments from preservice teachers would be essential to understand the impact of the study as well as the objectives of this webinar. The presentation does not teach the audience how to use the iPad in classrooms.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This is a good overview of the issues in implementing the use of iPads for preservice teachers.
Concerns: It needs more specifics: (1) During the training session the presenter was surprised that the session became a "questioning" session for the preservice teachers; what were their questions? What were the subsequent answers? (2) Two websites were mentioned; a slide giving an overview of the content of each would be helpful.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Just click and listen; it couldn't have been any easier. The lecture begins immediately upon entering the site.
Concerns: Slides can be viewed at once. Some of the slides are presented too fast in order to examine them carefully but there is a pause button. Fast forward and rewind functions are not efficient. The slides especially the ones containing charts are text heavy and as a result the font is too small to read. The chat room in the left margin is distracting and at times not relevant to the discussion.

Other Issues and Comments: The presentation was geared for an audience with only a general background in computer use and teacher education. The websites on the slides are not hyperlinked and websites given in the chat rooms are not correctly posted.