Determining the impact and effectiveness of different teaching strategies when incorporating the iPod into the classroom
Fritz, Karin K.
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The purpose of this study was to determine the impact and effectiveness of different teaching strategies when incorporating the iPod into the classroom as an educational resource. Furthermore, this study sought to explore relationships between their iPod usage to the computer aptitude, Graduate Record Examination, Group Embedded Figures Test, and California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory, and Instructor’s Rank on Students. This study was conducted during the entire Spring 2007 semester. All participants were provided with a video iPod to use during the entire semester. A total of 62 participants were incorporated into this research study, which were each enrolled within one of the four selected treatment groups. The treatment groups were already established courses that the students self-selected to enroll within. Each treatment group received educational podcasts that were designed for their course throughout the semester. Different teaching strategies were used within each of the treatment groups in order to examine if there were variations when the iPod was implemented. Researchers found that of the 62 participants 35 of the participants opted to not use the iPod as an educational resource. Findings for this study will enhance future research that opts to examine student’s attitudes towards usage of technology advancements as an educational resource.