I think the most important addition to an iPod Touch is a microphone. I think the best microphone is the Griffin iTalk Pro. My favorite looking microphone for the iPod Touch is the ThumbTack Microphone by Switcheasy. The addition of a microphone allows the use of the iPod Touch as an audio podcast recording tool.
Don't forget to check out Tony Vincent's site as well. He has some awesome ipod touch resources. http://learninginhand.com/ipod/touch.html.
Also remember that you do not always have to use apps for the ipod touch. You can show participants how to make flash cards in powerpoint. I think the more versatile they find the ipod, the more likely they will be to use it.
Here are some more resources for you to investigate that we use in the MidWest for iPod Touch apps:
An iPod in Your Classroom Toolbox: http://www.slideshare.net/gpoli/an-ipod-in-your-classroom-toolbox-presentation-736951
Apple Education Lesson Plans for iPods: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/18337270/Apple---Education---iPod-in-the-Classroom---Lesson-Plans
Classroom in the Cloud: http://www.classroominthecloud.net/2009/03/ipods-in-classroom-webinar-notes.html
iLearn series: http://issuu.com/ktenkely/docs/ilearn_2
iEar: http://www.iear.org/ (Scott Meech from Chicago is wonderful!)
iPods in the Classroom: http://www.schoolcio.com/ShowArticle/1014
iPods in the Classroom: http://www.springfield.k12.il.us/ipod/
iPods in the Classroom: http://ipodclassroom.wikispaces.com/
iPods inthe Classroom Project: http://www.ccusd93.org/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=18621
iPods in the Classroom YoutTube video clip with many more listed on the side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t500MKyn96o
iPod Resources from Education World: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/sites/sites070.shtml
Kathy Schrock's iPod Resource List: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/gadgets.html
K-12 Online Conference- iPods in the Classroom: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=464
Learning in Hand (Tony Vincent is wonderful!) http://learninginhand.com/ipod/touch.html
Using Audio Creatvely in the Classroom: http://joedale.typepad.com/integrating_ict_into_the_/ipods/
Why an iPod Touch in Education: http://projects.minot.k12.nd.us/groups/chris/weblog/5ce29/Why_an_iPod_Touch_in_education_.html
Jill mentions several lessons in the Apple Learning Interchange community - the main link with all the resources is here which was recently updated is:
Creative Uses for iPod touch in Education <http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php?itemID=16472>
Authored by ten ADEs (including two from the Northeast), it's broken into 21 different chapters, each containing a wealth of use useful information and accompanying graphics.
I've begun exploring iPodcaStudio to create on the go podcasts and SCVNGR which allows teachers to create scavenger hunts for students.
iPodcaStudio converts your audio into an .aiff file which downloads into iTunes and is accessible in the Media Manager for GarageBand and iMovie.
SCVNGR is a "geo-gaming" platform. I used it with a group of museum educators and Pearson, exploring mobile technologies for use in learning. Students are given the first clue for the scavenger hunt which can be worded as cryptically as you'd like Students can also ask for hints by simply by texting "hint" to the main device. Answers are evaluated immediately and the right answer gives way to the next clue which is sent again, via text or web. I downloaded it on my iPhone to use with the text feature but you can use it with your iTouch via wifi. Hunts can be created online or you can use one that has already been created via the SCVNGR community. More info can be found here: http://www.scvngr.com/
Here is another site that spotlights apps. Although all may not be educational, many of the ones I saw were. Of course as educators, we can pretty much turn anything into something educational.
I had a lengthy discussion last week with two teachers who are submitting a grant to get iPod Touches for their special ed post-graduate students. These are students between the ages of 18 and 21, I believe. They found a large number of apps which these students could use to manage their lives independently after they complete school.
Are you interested in me asking them for a list of the apps they found intriguing for this type of student?
Here is the list of Apps.
Alarm Clock Free
Best Hair How to Get Flattering Hairstyles and Healthy Hair
Body Fitness FREE
C.A.R Car Accident Report
cleckPlease Lite Tip Calculator
Easy Tip Calculator
Tide Stain Brain
TinyKitchen Cookbook Free
These look like I could use quite a few of them!
What a great list of apps for Special Education students. I recently installed the "I Know You" app. This app is designed to help people associate names and faces. After reviewing your list, I wondered how this list might be applied to Special Education students. I've considered that instead of pictures of people, a photo of something they are supposed to remember might be used. For example a photo of a Killer Whale would have the name "Whale" associated with it, while a photo of a "Grizzly Bear" could have the name "Bear" associated with it. Special Education students could work on their vocabulary terms based on pictures they are familiar with. I've wondered how this app might be used in Social Studies and Language Arts. I'd appreciate suggestions from my fellow Intel Teach friends in coming up with a list of possible uses so I can suggest this app to my Special Education department!
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I posted this link on another discussion, but felt it belonged here as well.
This is a list of apps that were loaded on the TCEA ipods. Awesome list.
Great Resource. Thanks so much for posting it. I use ipod Touches with a group of science students and teachers. We have a list of apps also, but not organized at all. Some may be repeats. I think I may just add this list to the spreadsheet for my teachers. When I do, I'll post it again. Thanks Jill for getting me motivated and organized.
Free K-12 applications for iPhone or ipod
Animal Farm Lite
Apeeka match Lite
Apeeka zoo Lite
Baby Sign lite
Brain + Get Smarter
Brain toot 2
Brain tuner lite
Countries of the World
Dr.Ito Brain training
Flip it lite
Flip book Lite
Free Spanish Dictionary
Free Word Wrap
Gflash + Flashcards
Giraffe’s Match (Matching Zoo)
Math Drills Lite
Math Sqequence Lite
Oregon Trail FREE
Oxford Translator Spanish Free
Sign Smith ASL Lite
Simon Says FREE
Speed Bones Lite
States & Capitals
Sudoku 4 Kids
Tap and Spell lite
Tell Time LT
Tic Tac Toe
Times Tables FREE
Unblock Me Free
USA Factbook free
USA State Capitals
Wild Numbers Lite
Wooden Labyrinth 3D Free
WordSearch Unlimited Free
World Wide Capitals
Zero Out Free
Purchased K-12 applications
Abc Pocket Phonics
Clocks 4 Kids
Shape Builder Espanol
Wheels on the Bus
iBird Explorer 15
ilove Birds Lite
ilove Nature Lite
Today in History Lite
Touch Physics Lite
Spell and Listen cards
Thanks so much to everyone for sharing your wealth of information on iPods in the classroom. I conducted my first training session last Tuesday and it went great! My training was unique to most because I did it as faculty study groups. Each content area came in for a session which were only 1 hour each. Once I complete my changes and updates, I will post it on the community.
I am actually planning a part 2 for this group and will continue to use your awesome resources.
I really like >TouchMouse by Logitech. Details about installing the >TouchMouse Server are easy to follow. The "Server" software is supposed to work on both a Macintosh and a PC. I've only tested the Macintosh so far ... but plan to try Windows soon. I'll let you know when I try the Windows version. What I like is that the "Server" software is "hidden" and runs totally in the background - you do not even know there is an "app" running on the computer !
I'm amazed at how easy it is to control my computer with this program. This sentence was created using the keyboard on the TouchMouse app. I am unable to enter text as rapidly with my "thumbs" as I can do using a keyboard and all my fingers - but it is cool due to how it can be used to control a computer!
Now, I have to say that sounds pretty cool. How do you find out all of this stuff? I am so glad you are such a valuable part of our community, because you are a wealth of knowledge.
Here is on my list of ipod/iphone apps. http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2010/03/01/top-10-education-apps-for-ipod-touch-and-iphone/
One of my personal favorite apps is AppConnect. There are three major sections of this app: Salt, Hot, and New. Each section has sub-categories of: Free, Paid, and AppPoint. I check this app regularly to see what's new and available. I've also got several "Friends" using AppConnect who recommend apps to me. Thanks for posting your link to iPhone apps!
At our UCET (Utah Technology) conference this past weekend there was a 3-hour BYOL session using iPod Touch / iPhones. I'm still organizing notes on that session and will be posting some new ideas on apps when I'm done. I've posted two different blog posts based on recommendations from friends on Twitter. These two posts are Twitter Recommended iPhone Apps and More Twitter iPhone App Recommendations.