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Discussion for iPad StAIR
Jon Lind (Teacher (K-12))
First impressions: This presentation looks great. The graphics and layout are well-designed and pleasant to look at. The sound adds a nice touch as well. This also seemed to me like a very age-appropriate presentation, simple and easy to understand for younger learners. It definitely does the job of laying out the basics of iPad use, and fulfills a true need in education. Students, especially at this age, need to be prepared to use technology appropriately. Navigation was easy to understand, and worked in the way it was intended.
I would have liked to see some more interactive content in this activity. Maybe something like two pictures of kids using iPads, and the viewers have to pick the one who is using it correctly (or incorrectly). Another idea might be a picture of the ipad where viewers have to locate the different buttons, or the different kinds of apps.
Looks and works great!
Christine Novak (Teacher (K-12))
The iPad stair did a good job incorporating several different instructional stratigies to create a great tool to introduce students to the iPad. According to Instructional Design Principles, we should make sure that there is a real need to learn the material. With the iPad stair, the content students are learning is necessary for them to successfully use the iPad. Also according to instructional design, we shoudl tell students what we want them to learn, and what the end goal is. This Stair had a slide at the begining explaining the objectives of the stair. This stair creation also included some pieces from the universal design for learning principles. The idea behind the universal design for learning is that we need to break down barriers to help students better succeed. This stair used a LOT of picutres to help students see the actual buttons, and where they are. I thought this was a great idea and would really help students to make sence of the iPad.
I would make very few changes to this stair creation before using it. One thing I would add, would be a few examples of what students are going to use the iPads for. This would fall into giving students a reason to learn the material, and something to look forward to.