PBS for iPad

[asa_item id="398349296"] PBS for iPad is a searchable database of PBS’s programming. With it, users can peruse featured programs or search for specific programs. Then, once they find a program of interest, users can view either the full-length program or a preview of it directly on their iPad. Additionally, PBS for iPad allows users to “favorite” programs and share them over Twitter, Facebook, or email. Users are also able to view PBS’s television programming by inputting their local zip code. Instructional Ideas To introduce a new unit, teachers can identify a video from this app and require students to view…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.3
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 6

6.8

PBS for iPad: A Best App for Education

Summary : All of PBS At Your Fingertips

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PBS for iPad is a searchable database of PBS’s programming. With it, users can peruse featured programs or search for specific programs. Then, once they find a program of interest, users can view either the full-length program or a preview of it directly on their iPad. Additionally, PBS for iPad allows users to “favorite” programs and share them over Twitter, Facebook, or email. Users are also able to view PBS’s television programming by inputting their local zip code.

Instructional Ideas

  1. To introduce a new unit, teachers can identify a video from this app and require students to view it. After viewing it, teachers can have students journal a response to the video, predict what they will be studying, or use discussion questions to facilitate a classroom conversation.
  2. To help build students’ multiculturalism, teachers can find videos on this app that are authentic to a specific culture. Teachers can then pair the video with articles that further explain different cultural customs shown in the video. After viewing the videos and reading the articles, teachers and students can discuss the similarities between their own culture and the one studied. To document their thoughts, students can journal responses, complete graphic organizers, or create presentations.
  3. After viewing a variety of the videos included in this app, teachers can create an assignment in which students make a documentary modeled after the ones they viewed. Touchcast is an ideal app for students to use when making their documentary.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

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