iPod touch for learning

One of the most useful handheld devices for learning is the iPod touch. Australian iPod touch guru Jenny Ashby shows how the tool can be used in the classroom:

iPod touch 1

Jenny’s recent presentation “iPod iLearn” goes into more depth about how to set up, implement and use iPods in the classroom. Although Primary in focus, there is plenty for Secondary teachers to take from this presentation:

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About a year ago, the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) produced an iPod Touch Research Report that includes the recommendations:

On Planning and Implementation

Develop technology projects that focus on the power of visual media and social networking, as they significantly influence literacy, numeracy and life chances for disadvantaged students.

Ensure that innovative projects using emerging technologies provide adequate time for teachers to become familiar with the devices and their functionality, prior to introduction and implementation in the classroom.

Identify clear, precise learning goals that support a culture of learning and skill development in the classroom, as essential for effective implementation of emerging technologies.

On Teaching and Learning

Promote mobile handheld devices, like the iPod Touch, that stimulate learners to want to learn and provide a means to pursue knowledge independently.

Introduce handheld mobile devices like the iPod Touch to support personalised learning and to assist literacy and numeracy in ESL, ‘at risk’ and reluctant learners.

Promote a limited number of handheld devices per class, as opposed to 1:1, to encourage teachers to engage with group work or team work as a successful pedagogy.

Introduce the iPod Touch to classrooms as a tool to stimulate teachers to rethink their pedagogy by considering how to integrate portable devices with learning functionality in curriculum activities.

Develop curriculum plans that involve greater learner autonomy and independence when using handheld mobile devices in the classroom.

Integrate mobile devices with other technologies (such as interactive whiteboards, laptops, Nintendo Wii) for purposeful learning in the classroom, so they are not just add-ons.

On Professional Learning

Provide greater access to well-structured professional learning sessions to promote widespread teacher ICT capacity and confidence.

Promote online collaboration as an effective mode of teacher networking for sharing knowledge and the transfer of good practice.

On Technical Support

Include a budget item for DEECD technical support at the school or cluster level to better support emerging technology projects.

Conduct a technical needs analysis, prior to project start-up, of issues that may impact on successful implementation of innovative projects.

Provide one identified technical conduit within the ITD Branch of DEECD for critical issue liaison involving emerging technology projects.

If you decide to investigate using the iPod touch, or are already using them, then the blog post “50 educational apps for the iPod touch” by U Tech Tips will prove useful.

50 ipod touch

And thanks to @AuntyTech, here is another list of over 170 iPod touch or iPhone apps (beware that some do cost) that keep students connected to the classroom, no matter where they are:

iPod apps

The beauty of iPod touch apps (applications = programs) is that there are many that are free and quite a lot that can be used in educational settings. The iPod touch has the potential to become a revolutionary tool in the classroom.

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  2. Thanks for your kind words about my work with the iPods in the classroom. Every day I am surprised by what we can do with an iPod Touch.

    Next year we are going further with the iPod implementation into our three P-2 classes. Each class will have 8 iPods to use and will use them in rotational activities in both Literacy and Maths. Also the iPod is sometimes used during modeled/shared reading and writing time to model the use of reading and writing on them. To enable this a document camera or as some people call them a visualizer is connected to the projector.

    The latest addition the program is the school2home program that has enabled the children to have overnight borrowing. This new initiative is working very well with parents signing an acceptance of responsibility form for loss or damage. The children are very excited and can’t wait to show their families what they can do on the iPod Touch.

  3. Thanks Jenny, sounds amazing!

    We are looking at using the iPod touch with a VCAL class in 2010, so will keep you posted. I am so in love with mine that I convinced the VCAL teacher to buy one herself. She can already see the potential of using it with the group.

  4. Jenny

    Do you have any ideas for me for using the I-Pod touch in the classroom? I will be using the I-Pod touch with 11th grade English students (mostly boys) in a vocational school- carpentry, electricity, masonry, heating and air, and plumbing.
    I could use the some helpful ideas.
    Policies for the i-pod touch in the classroom, apps, websites, and other information, etc.


  5. Take some photos around the work rooms eg. wood room metal etc of safety issues. (students could do this) Sync to ipods and create a safety slideshow in sonic pics. Scripts could be written for each picture and then recorded. Just need a mic for the ipods.

    or….use the internet to retrieve pics of things related to their courses and write scripts and make slideshows in sonic pics.

    or….procedural text, how to do something or make something take pics and then in sonic pics tell how you make it.

    If you search on the www for ipod policy you will find plenty to look at. You need to make your own as your school is different.
    Sonic pics allows you to share via email and create a small movie file that can be used on PC or on the ipods.
    Hope this is helpful,

    Cheers from Jenny

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