In an effort to strengthen our commitment to teaching and learning for the 21st century classroom our elementary education MAT program began to focus on integrating technology in both the University and K-12 classrooms. The elementary education program purchased six iPads for members of the department. In addition, faculty in other departments who teach in the certification program and who were already iPad owners were invited to participate in a monthly colloquium, along with the new iPad recipients. The goal of this program was to start an iPad cohort, where all students in the program would purchase iPads. To enhance their teaching and learning skills all professors teaching in the cohort had six months of professional development using their iPads, selecting useful apps, planning new presentations, and assignments to best teach these prospective elementary school teachers. The community of professors worked together to teach each other about useful Apps, ways to use the iPad to teach, and pluses and minuses of the tablet in the classroom.
Goals of this session: Goals: 1. To describe the practice of developing a community of learners around the iPad in education. 2. To share resources collected by the community. 3. To demonstrate evidence of the effectiveness of working together as a faculty cohort to create a variety of sample iPad rich lessons and assignments for use in upcoming teacher education cohort. 4. To discuss the process of selecting accessible and affordable apps, which faculty felt would best meet the needs of the cohort. 5. To describe a replicable iPad orientation planned to kick off the pre-service cohort so that students feel a sense of community, supported and guided in order to become quickly accustomed to their new tool for learning and teaching electronically.