The Rule of 6 implies – iPads in the classroom

In my search for some sort of scaffold of which to provide my colleagues with to help them plan for the implementation of iPads in the classroom, I came across a brilliant book by Jim Norwood of Zoomable Media, Inc.  The book he wrote is called ‘The Rule of 6: How to Teach with an iPad’.  I love the practical applications and process that this book suggests for designing and delivering lessons that integrate the iPad.  It follows a 6 step process, which is very hierarchical, and it is very possible to see the relationship to such models as Bloom’s Taxonomy and the SAMR model.

The 6 processes listed in the book are:

  1. Gather
  2. Organise
  3. Transform
  4. Format
  5. Transmit
  6. Collaborate

I did a lesson in my music class on Friday that followed this process and it was a great success.  The lesson utilised the iPads for the entire lesson but was not limited to just using the iPad but had students chosen to, they could also use their music workbooks as well.  The outcomes for the lesson were that students would be able to: demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of instruments of the orchestra and to produce a multimedia resource to inform others about a specific instrument.

The lesson went through the 6 processes as follows:

Gather: Students gather information about a chosen instrument of the orchestra using the iPads.  They gather information that identifies what family of the orchestra the instrument comes from, what it is made of, how it is played, what it sounds like and what other instruments are in the same family.

Organise:  Students rewrite the information they have gathered to be a personal introduction as if they are the instrument and introducing themselves to someone.

Transform:  Students introduce themselves as if they were the instrument and they record it as a video interview on the iPads.

Format:  The students then use Aurasma to create an Aura with the video they have recorded as an overlay.  This is done on the iPad and when the iPad scans an image of the instrument so that it then brings up the video introduction by the student.

Transmit:  Share the Auras with the class through scanning iPads over images or through demonstrating by mirroring iPads interface onto board.

Collaborate: Students form groups and discuss how they could use Aurasma to create a resource that introduces all the instruments of the orchestra to others.

As I said, the lesson went so well and I was really happy with the results.  I will be continuing to use the 6 step process to implement the iPad more intentionally .


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  1. Pingback: The Rule of 6: How to Teach with an iPad by Jim Norwood | Kristina Hollis

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