Beginning this spring, 575 undergraduate students at the University of Oklahoma‘s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education will be given fourth-generation iPads to complete assignments and create lesson plans, and they’ll carry their course work into the professional world with them.
“Students will use iPads within the curriculum to create digital content for classes and prepare to teach in K-12 schools with similar iPad programs,” said Erin Yarbrough, director of web communications at OU. “The goal of this initiative is to enhance the traditional learning experience of our students in the classroom and create better teachers.”
“Since many K-12 schools have adopted iPad initiatives, it is imperative that future teachers learn and teach with the same tools,” said Gregg Garn, dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. “OU will supply iPads at no cost to the student and, upon completion of the program, students will get to keep the device and the digital content they have created to use in their teaching careers.”
Earlier this fall, OU undergraduate education professors received iPads and started to alter their teaching methods to adopt more digital functionality. Having now incorporated iPads into their courses, OU professors started to focus on teaching their students about using devices to boost K-12 learning and engagement.