Teacher puts district’s first iTunes U course online
By Jessica King
Making up missed course work is a little bit easier these days for students enrolled in Ramona High’s digital photography class, thanks to the district first-ever iTunes U offering.
Regional Occupational Program instructor Tim Hall went “live” with the offering over the summer. It consists of students being able to use any iPad, iPhone, or iPod with an Apple IOS operating system to download the free iTunes U app and search it for Hall’s class.
Once the class is found and downloaded, students can view lecture PowerPoints, get copies of worksheets handed out in class, and get other important class updates.
“It comes in really handy, especially if you have a student whose out ill or a student who has to be absent for sports,” said Hall, noting the students can view the lessons they miss before they return to class, without missing a beat.
Hall, a Navy photographer-turned-photojournalist-turned-teacher, freely admits his venture into iTunes U was a bit of a fluke.
He wanted to help fellow Ramona High teacher Cory McDonald record her math lessons for her students, who have access to iPads in class.
McDonald is one of a handful of teachers throughout the district who regularly use iPads in their classes. Hall’s students do not have the same access unless they have the device in their personal lives but some day, funding allowing, he’d like to see more district-issued iPads.
“I think in the long run, it’d make it so much easier for the students and the teacher,” said Hall. “May be a little bit of a learning curve for the teachers in the beginning, but I think the students will pick it up in a heartbeat.”
The benefits of iTunes U also extend into the community-at-large, because Hall’s class offering is broken into two sections: the course, which he has to approve access to, and the collection, which is free and open to the public.
While the course section is designed specifically for Hall’s students who are working toward credit for the class, the collection serves as a reference for anyone looking to learn digital photography.
The collection includes the same information Hall teaches his students, including history about photography and how a camera works.
“If someone not in my class followed closely, they will end up with a pretty basic knowledge or what photography is,” said Hall.
To find Hall’s offering on iTunes U, search “Ramona Digital Photography.”
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