While not every teacher has an iPad, manu more have iPods or other portable music and video players and they can be used in the classroom.
From foreign language and music lessons to sharing photo slideshows to podcasts and more, the iPod's portability and digital content storage make it a great educational tool. Check out these sites for lessons, tips, and more on how iPods are being used in K-12 and college classrooms -- and on how you might use them in your classroom too.
Apple's iPod in the Classroom
Start your exploration into teaching with iPods by taking a look at Apple's official iPod in education site. The first page is a quick overview of some classroom uses of the iPod. The Lesson Plan page contains more than a dozen activities for a number of grade levels and content areas, with print materials and audio files available for download. The iPod resources section lists tutorials and how-to guides on recording audio and pushing information to other iPods. In the Learn More section, you can read numerous case studies on how iPods are being used successfully in both K-12 and collegiate classrooms.
The Chapin School, a tech leader among independent schools, now is experimenting with iPods in 8th grade. This Web site will evolve as the year progresses, but current resources include links to other iPod sites and quotes from several K-12 educators currently using iPods. But what is most valuable to educators are the e-mails, policies, and materials available here. (See the Class 8 iPod Information and What Kind of iPod to Buy links.)
The iPod at GC&SU: A Pocketful of Learning
Another collegiate site on using iPods in higher education, this Georgia College and State University resource gives a great overview of the iPod, and shares how it's being used on campus today. The iDreams link leads you to a long list of ideas on how some at the college feel the iPod can be used in the classroom. The iPod at GC&SU link explains how several professors are using iMacs and iPods to deliver and store course-based content. Quotes and comments also are available, under the links for faculty, students, and leaders. Again, this site would be helpful for the secondary or higher ed instructor looking for a time-tested case to emulate, with helpful suggestions and details on both the trials and successes of this iPod experiment.
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Article by Lorrie Jackson
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