How can we use the iPod touch

Communication - listening, recording, email
Learning - engaging, reflecting, instructing
Collaboration - data collection, podcasting, research
Organization - scheduling

Every teacher has his or her own classroom management style, of course. Students sometimes work as a whole group, sometimes in small groups, sometimes in pairs, and sometimes alone. Bringing the iPods into the classroom enriches each of those setups, and adds many more possibilities. Below are some suggested scenarios for incorporating the iPod Touch into the classroom flow.

If you're using a whole set - one ipod per student - you should engrave them on the back. That way, each student always uses the same ipod, which makes it a bit easier to keep track of who's doing what, and individualize the content accordingly.

Keep in mind, the benefit of a mobile learning device so small is that students can easily keep these on/in their desks all day, and take them home. At points during the day, they can look up a word when needed, journal thoughts, use the calculator, work whole class with the teacher for short blasts of instruction/response. iPods in the classroom can help make every moment a learning one.

Individual Learning Devices
  • Student created podcasts/videos
  • Student publishing
  • Journaling/writing
  • Investigations
  • Collecting/Monitoring Data
  • Graphing
  • Audiobooks
  • Content-specific reinforcement activities
  • Enrichment with edu-games
  • Virtual Field Trips, Tours
  • Webquests
  • Personal Information Manager
Paired Activities
  • Shared whiteboard space
  • Paired tutorial games
Small Groups
  • Student-created tutorials
  • Collaborative writing and editing
Whole Group
  • Listening to podcast
  • Answers to questions raised during class
Learning Stations
  • Targeted activities around a specific theme
  • Integrated step in a project-based unit