March 28, 2011

3 Reasons Nurse Educators should require iPads and iPod Touch devices

A commenter to an older post just asked a very good question about the cost of incorporating devices such as an Apple iPad into nursing education. So is it a good idea to add an additional expense to nursing education by requiring the use of a handheld device such as an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad? This is a question I hear a lot when speaking about the advantages of these technologies. Here is why I think it is worth it to have students use these technologies today:

1. They change the way students learn and apply information. Traditionally students learned nursing by buying textbooks, listening to lectures, and taking a multiple-choice exam. Moving to a handheld delivery system is not just making books available in electronic form. The change brings a change to the way students learn. In the classroom the teacher can move from presenting facts to giving lessons on how to apply knowledge. There is too much information to know it all but knowing how to find and use information quickly is really what nurses need to do in the 21st Century.

2. They provide a media delivery device directly to the student. Currently most students have to go to a library or a computer lab to view media that contribute to their learning. For example, to learn a procedure students once had to view a film strip or 16 mm film, later they watched a video tape or DVD. With a handheld device the video can be viewed wherever the student is. Right now there are nursing programs developing mini-videos of procedures that students can review just before going into a client's room.

3. They help faculty use proven pedagogies to improve learning. Educators have known for years that multi-media enhances learning. Steve Jobs calls the iPad a "post-PC" device. It gives students the ability to have audio, video, web-based apps, and clinical apps all in one device. This means that it is more than just a portable media delivery system but a whole new way to teach students how to use information p.r.n.

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Brent Thompson, PhD, RN said...

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