iPod Touch – a great tool! Part 1

Twenty-first century classroom experiences are considerably different from the classroom that I experienced growing up. As I meet with teachers and students, it is not uncommon to discover that Web 1.0 and 2.0 technologies are being utilized routinely… many students are participating in webquests, sharing ideas in blogs, and presenting their projects in Prezis and PowerPoints. With its endorsement of STEM education, the Obama administration has created a venue for many districts to receive funds of support because many state and national organizations are setting aside funds to enable districts to provide classroom teachers access to technology such as interactive whiteboards (Smartboards), mobile laptop stations, class sets of mobile iPod Touches and iPads.  As digital media is being embraced in classrooms, teachers are discovering that they no longer have to wait in line for the computer lab, nor do they have to sign out the overhead projector from the library. Rather, the exciting dilemma is slowly becoming – I have access to this powerful tool for teaching and learning, how can I leverage it so it will be a valuable and effective tool that is embedded in a constructivist lesson? Research is beginning to be more abundant when teachers are looking for ways to effectively utilize these tools. Banister (2010) has provided a great springboard of ideas for using the iPod Touch in k12 education. Let me briefly describe a few of her suggestions.

  • Classroom media: Photos, Music, Movies, YouTube (TeacherTube)   The iPod Touch offers opportunities to capture field trip experiences with its camera, access resources when they are needed (“just-in-time”) using pre-programmed data, as well as utilize podcasts, audio books, or video clips if there is wireless internet.
  • Multiple Application Tools: Notes, Clock, Calculator, Maps    The iPod
    iPod touch - a computer in the palm of your hand.

    There are dozens of useful apps to support classroom learning.

    Touch features applications that can be added to the “digital toolkit” that make it possible to carry a single device rather than several. Students can take notes using the Notes App, do quick calculations using the Calculator App, set the timer when practicing their presentation or doing drills using the Clock App, or zoom into locations all over the world to view buildings, street layouts, traffic patterns, and more with the Maps App.  Once teachers get used to using this device and it plethora of pre-made educational Apps, they, too, will be asking, “Is there an App for that?”

  • The Internet in your pocket!   The Safari browser App expands the use of the iPod Touch for classroom purposes. With wireless connection, teachers and students have access to most web content, although some media files with flash may not be available. Students even have the potential to have multiple pages open on their device.  A benefit to research on the iPod Touch is that students cannot simply cut and paste into a Word doc. Additionally, it is possible, that due to space constraints, students may find it easier to paraphrase and consolidate the information on the iPod Touch into their own words.

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 Image Credit

iPod touch image adapted from photo by Steve Rhodes (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

 

2 Comments to “iPod Touch – a great tool! Part 1”

  1. By Kat in the Hat, May 20, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    I just read and viewed an awesome blog about the advantages of the ipod that I will reflect on later. But I thought I would post the link so that you can read and experience this great blog for yourself!!

    http://tancm.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/the-rise-of-the-machines-all-hail-the-ipod-touch-or-not/

  • iPod Touch, part 2 | Katz and the Hatz — May 19, 2012 @ 9:17 am

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