I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how easy it was to set up an iTunes U course. Well this week my first iTunes U course was used by a pupil, so I thought some screen shots and information might be in order.
But first a little back story. As you may have gathered in previous posts, I teach Resistant Materials. My GCSE pupils have to produce a large project (20 A3 pages of design work, planning and evaluating) as well a made product out of wood, metal and plastic. This process takes a long time, just over 2 1/2 terms. The final project is worth 60% of thier GCSE grade, so it is very important.
We are finally reaching the end of this very long process, and all of my pupils are in various different stages of stress as their major deadline approaches. All except one pupil. He is amazing at my subject, and he finished his entire project 2 weeks ago. There is nothing he can improve on (it really is that amazing). So my difficulty was, how could I stretch and challenge him, whilst also being able to help and support all the other pupils in the class.
So after spending half term writing content for my course (as well as moving house), I asked him to bring his iPod touch into school this week. I spent a few minutes showing him how to set up iTunes U, enrolled him in my course and let him start revising at his own pace. I kept checking on him throughout the lesson, and was impressed as he worked his way through the content, watching the videos I had found to extend his learning. He then started to research more into the subject (it was on Smart Materials) on the school computer, building on the topic he had been revising in my course.
An iTunes U course has a front page, where course information can be found.
A series of posts under headings, which update automatically whenever the teacher adds new content.
Each post can be opened to see in more detail. You can see that this post on Shape Memory Alloy has some attached materials (a video link and a web link for more information) and an assignment.
Although putting the course together was time consuming, it is now there. This means that my other pupils (when they have finished their projects) can also use the course in their own time, even when they are on study leave.
Although my amazing pupil has already finished the content so far (it took him 2 double lessons), so this weekend I am writing him some more!