Great Resources for using iPods Touches in the Classroom: Let the creativity flow!

From John Mehnert:
Went to the ipod in the Classroom workshop at the ICE Conference. It was a bit hectic to start as there were technical difficulties with the wireless network. Once the ball was rolling, the instructor shared the benefits of using ipods in various grades and subject matters. ESL, primary were great classes for the many language apps that are available. The middle and upper grades were more into the pod casting and internet features of the ipods. Both using ipods to view podcasts and videos from "outside the building" sources as well as creating podcasts of their own to then post for others to watch. I will follow up with a list of tested apps (most of which were free) for various grade levels and subjects. While you are waiting, here's a link to a page on Tony Vincent's site on Learning in Hand. He has a ton of podcasts and videos on a number of tech topics that you'll find useful in the classroom

From Logan Farris:
This is a neat video a 17 year old student put together talking about the possibilities of iPods in the classroom both now and in the future. He calls them 'iSchools'. He also shows some screen shots of actual programs that are classroom ready now. It's worth a watch.

From Logan Farris:
Here is a site that gives specific examples on how to use the ipod touch in the classroom. Would your students be better prepared if you made flash cards for them? How about if the students could take the ipod to P.E. class and keep track of health stats? This site gives all kinds of useful suggestions on how to implement the ipod in the classroom. Enjoy!

From Oesch:

Finally found an App that is suitable for my specific curriculum... It is called "Common Rock Reference" and used world-wide (maybe not) to quickly (and more importantly, accurately) identify rocks. Also, Geology (A-Z) looks to be interesting. However, I am waiting for the gift card to purchase that one!

From Jason:
  • email accounts
  • wikis
  • blogs
  • google/zoho docs, presentations, spreadsheets
  • "buying" stocks and tracing them
  • Tracking weather and comparing to historic weather on that day.

From Lynn Klunder:
This link was found when searching for information about the Ipod Touch in the elementary math classroom:

After some research and a discussion with Jason on how to use the I Touch with the projector, I did my first mini lesson in my 2nd grade math class yesterday. It is absolutely a work in progress to find the way in which we can project it up to the screen without so much glare. BUT the lesson was an exciting success. The students were able to follow along and learn how to use the app I am going to use to test their math fluency in addition and subtraction. I love that I will get individual scores without the competition against the others at the same time as we do with mad minutes. Plus the use of the I Touch has made the learning seem more fun to the students.
In my research for apps that are appropriate for elementary math students, I have found more possibilities than I ever imagined! Challenging the student at their personal level is made easier.

I used my first app on my ipod in the classroom during centers. I don't know who was more excited about it, me or the student! :) I used PopMath Basics, and it only cost 99 cents and the student loved it. He was all engaged in the math problems, addition and subtraction and he made it to level 8 before I turned around. I think that having a small group of students working on these programs will keep them entertained and helps them to practice skills like math facts without making it a tedious pencil and paper task.

From Mark
Great, short video clip Daniel Russert and I found during strategic planning. Take a look and let me know what you think. I have found some great apps for the touch...across grade levels and curriculum. Also, some apps that may be very useful for our LD students.

I have personally used the iPod Touch to show video related to classroom content (youtube app), to look up words and facts as the students ask questions (wikipanion), and to reference Shakespeare quotes (the app contains the entire text for EVERY Shakespeare play!).

I also found this site that lists the top free apps in many subject areas. It is a little complicated to navigate (press the zoom button and the you can scroll through the pages using the arrow on the right or left of the screen), but has some excellent resources and really cool project ideas! Especially good for free apps in language arts, math, and science!
Posted Oct 30, 2009 12:21 pm