Join Laurie Burruss for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the iPad to teach color theory, part of iPad Classroom: Creating a Research Project.
The project activity created in this course was designed for an entry level design course at the college level. But the structure and methodology applied in developing this learning activity is applicable to any project or course in any subject matter for any targeted student group. Thinking differently with the iPad in the classroom leaves behind the idea of the iPad as a personal tool for entertainment services and email. And brings it into the classroom with the same relevance and importance as the textbook or notebook of the past 100 years.
This course follows the design of an activity focused on teaching a subject or topic. In this course, the topic is color theory. Specifically, Itten's theory of color contrast. The project examines how to select and integrate iPad apps and on board features into a project's framework. In addition to teaching color theory, the goals of the activity are to provide academic rigor and support digital literacy. In three stages, the project shows how to present an overview of a learning topic as a classroom presentation. With personalized student interactions, and then capture the student performance data.
How to form small teams of three students that focus on researching color theory by using a digital library. Selecting images that illustrate the concepts, and finding contextual examples and current practices of color theory. How to create an individual activity that uses project based learning for assessment. The individual activity assesses if the student can transfer the newly gained learning from the previous activities to the creation of an original and authentic artifact.
It's what Itten's evidence of learning. The iPad itself extends the toolset of the teacher and the individual student. As well as the possibilities for communication and connection. The iPad classroom allows for access to Internet research and digital online libraries. Connecting the classroom the school, the community and the world at large. Dissemination of learning and knowledge in new form factors. Introducing a variety of communication tools such as web conferencing and shared whiteboards.
And most importantly, engaging the students. In my own experience, students learn the tools faster. Learn the apps more quickly than on the traditional workstation or laptop. And they have an authentic desire to try. They're focused on, what can I do with this iPad? This attitude raises the bar, and the quality of the projects they create. They literally embrace the learning.
- Designing an activity
- Using the Nearpod app
- Selecting apps that support your teaching style
- Researching a topic and sharing the results
- Presenting academic research
- Assessing the success of iPad projects