Summer is coming to an end but it is certainly not over yet. This is the perfect time to learn how to use the newest digital tools before the school year begins. Whether you have an IPad 1, 2 or 3 or no IPad at all, you can benefit from the wide range of free K-12 content on ITunes U, especially in the area of educational technology. Students, teachers and anyone else looking to learn something new can access ITunes U audio and video files, presentations, documents, apps and web links. With iTunes software and a registered iTunes account, these resources are there for the taking.
To find iTunes U courses, open iTunes and click on the iTunes link on the black bar towards the top of the page. Then, look under the iTunes U Quick Links area on the right side and choose K-12 or Universities & Colleges to filter the results further. This will generate a list of all of the providers that match your selection with the newest content authors marked accordingly. To search for instructional content published by corporations and organizations, choose the “Beyond Campus” option. Last, but not least, use the keyword search box for a more targeted search.
Below is a list of a few free educational technology courses worth perusing before the school year begins:
1) iPads for Education provided by Harrison County Public School District
2) iPad – How To’s provided by Lexington School District One
3) 2012 Ohio Educational Technology Conference provided by eTech Ohio
4) EdTech Conference provided by the University of Massachusetts (Boston)
5) Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning T3L provided by NWOET
These courses cover the newest 21st century tools and explain how to use them to enhance classroom instruction. The content will most certainly inspire you to use more technology this upcoming school year.