I was recently shown the immense possibilities of available information through iTunes U, the apparent "new world library". iTunes U is one of the largest and fastest-growing sources of free educational content, with more than 200,000 lectures, presentations, videos, readings, and pod casts made available from all over the world (iTunes u,2009).
Students are downloading music while they are in their seat in your class, this tool puts the learning into their hands and own interests. Students can go to iTunes, select iTunes U, find the courses and pod casts they want or are told to find, and download them to their PCs, mobiles or iPods through the iTunes Store. Students can watch someone in America make the same custard, cake or bread they are in their own school kitchen. Teachers can podcast their lesson when finished for revision or even set tasks around differences in content to example.
I looked into the food side of things, by going into podcast in the iTunes u option, i then selected video podcast, then food, and this gave me many options to choose from. I chose Epicurious as i had used it previously and was able to down load up to 160 individual cooking demonstration and interviews with celebrity chefs. With the popularity of Master Chef on television, i find the students are more engaged with what they are learning and have a greater interest in cooking then perhaps in years gone by. This tool will only extend this interest and more then likely encourage it further.
Driscoll (2000) defines learning as “a persisting change in human performance or performance potential, which must come about as a result of the learner’s experience and interaction with the world”. This definition encompasses many of the attributes commonly associated with behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism – namely, learning as a lasting changed state (emotional, mental, physiological (i.e. skills)) brought about as a result of experiences and interactions with content or other people (Siemens, 2004).
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Driscoll, M. (2000). Psychology of Learning for Instruction. Needham Heights, MA, Allyn & Bacon, Retrieved, August 4th, 2009, from, http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm.
iTunes U, Viewed on the, 2nd August 2009, at, http://www.apple.com/education/guidedtours/itunesu.html
Siemens, G. (2004), A Learning theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved, August 4th, 2009, from
http://www.epicurious.com/, Retrieved, August 4th, 2009.