It’s back to school time for many people, and for those students who are required to bring iPads or tablets to class, here’s an interesting look at how the iPad can be implemented. It’s not just a coincidence or for a love of shiny new technology that educators are implementing iPads into their instruction.
Applied correctly, the iPads can be a very effective teaching tool.
Allan Carrington, Learning Designer at the University of Adelaide, developed The Padagogy Wheel to illustrate how iPad and Mobile Apps can be used to support the instructional design theory Bloom’s Taxonomy. Carrington turns Bloom’s Cognitive domain into a wheel that emphasizes how each of the six focuses of the cognitive domain can be supported through the use of Ed Tech, such as iPads and mobile apps.
Bloom’s Taxonomy is not new in the world of instructional design. It’s the foundation that learning designers use daily (probably without thinking about it) to create solid learning experiences. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a classification of the different learning objectives established for learners, categorized in three domains. The three domains are achieved sequentially:
- Cognitive (knowing)
- Affective (feeling)
- Psychomotor (doing)
Learners must first know before they can feel, and then act on those feelings by doing.
Allan Carrington’s Padagogy Wheel model focuses specifically on the Cognitive domain, which uses specific learning objectives to accomplish each of the following skills:
The Padagogy Wheel does a good job of getting educators thinking about how to use the iPad to support learning objectives and encourage students to accomplish each of the six cognitive skills.
For example in the Remember/ Understand skill, an action verb that is used is explain, and the activity used to explain is commenting. The Padagogy wheel then uses the Facebook app as a tool to accomplish the activity of commenting to perform the action verb of explaining. Learners comment on Facebook statuses and newsfeed posts to explain their knowledge and show their understanding of the given topic.
The Padagogy Wheel: