Thursday, February 24, 2011

iPods in the Classroom

One of the best things that I ever did was ask my principal, well beg my principal, for iPod touches.  I got 5 for my very own classroom.  Then I went, no ran, to the Dollar Tree and bought protectors for the bunch.  :)

I love the games and apps that are available for teachers to use with their kids.  I use these iPods daily in my Daily 5 rotations.  I use them for work on words, listen to reading, and writing.  Here are the apps that I use for Reading:


Here are the apps I use for math:

Little tip:  arrange the apps to use for Reading on the first page, and math on the next.  I moved all those non-student friendly apps to the last page and then put them in their own folder.  Kids don't even try to use them at all.  I also took everything off the dock at the bottom.  This is very easy to do in iTunes.

I use the voice recorder to have kids make math sentences to solve for their partner.  They record a problem and their partner solves it on paper.  They also create story problems orally which are fun to see them write down.  Students also use the apps for math games during math center rotations.

 I also have them record themselves reading during Read to Self.  They like to hear themselves read and they also critique themselves for accuracy, fluency, and expression.

I also record myself in QuickTime reading books and other faculty and staff in the school reading books to guess the reader.  I love this little mechanism for a Listen to Reading Center:
How cool is the Rockstar by Belkin (buy it through Amazon.  It is the cheapest)?  A little iPod Listening Center!
I recorded all the Scott Foresman CD's for Listen to Background Songs into iTunes, typed out the words and put them together in a book for a listen to reading center.  No CD's to loose, not scratches, and super easy!

Here is a fantastic site for more ideas on how to use the iPod in the classroom.  I seriously don't know what I did without them.  Engagement has increased, time on task rocks, and each student is getting a little personal tutor.

I looked around today during Daily 5 and just smiled!  I had kids on iPods, kids on the Smartboard, kids on computers listening to reading, and kids making video's using the Flip Camera of the plays they had written, and kids just reading books.  

I love how much fun teaching has become.  Who would have thought the classroom would become this???  I remember in 6th grade, our class got our first Atari Computer.  It was brown and huge, and none of us knew what to do. My teacher cried at her desk and said in 10 years, no one would need teachers (Chuckle). It took about an hour to write a billion(maybe not that much) code to get a balloon to float across the screen.  I remember in college being "high tech" with my Brother Word Processor that weighed a ton in my sorority house and all the other girls were in admiration.  I can't wait to see what it will be like in 10 more years!!!!



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  2. Kristen,
    You rock! I just wrote a grant to get 2 Ipod Touches. Wow I am so excited to get started using them in my classroom (if I receive the grant). I can't believe all the things you do with the ipods. I can see that 2 ipods will probably not be enough for my classroom. How much have you actually spent on the apps? Can you buy one app and put it on multiple ipods?
    Thank you for sharing your experience with the ipods. You are very inspiring!
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  3. I get most of my Apps for free. I wait until they go on sale and then I buy them when they are $.99. I think the most I have spent was this week. I spent $3.99 on the entire set of Dr. Seuss audio books. Not a bad price for 20 books on "tape". You can use the same download on different iPods. I just use the same computer to "Sync" them. So in the almost 4 months I have had iPods, I have spent a total of $13.00 in apps and books for all my iPods. I am telling you, you are going to LOVE them!!!! I soooo want a classroom set now!

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  4. That's FANTASTIC. I am working on getting them for my room. Fortunately my school is very pro tech. Our Speech Pathologist has them & uses them with her students. I am glad you posted about them, very inspirational. I think I will show your post to my principal to nudge him into buying me (maybe for my ELL team) some.

    Ms. M
    www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

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  5. This is an AWESOME post! Thanks for the app ideas. I loved this post so much, I made a post about it linked to it on my blog.

    ~Mrs. Beck

    Mrs. Beck's Got CLASS!

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  6. I am so jealous. I'm going to have to find a way to get some!

    Jodi
    www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  7. Sweet! I still have an overhead projector and no smartboard. Hoping it will happen in the next few years!

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  8. Jealous!! I have a smartboard but no ipods. I need to get on that!

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  9. Thanks for this great post! I have 3 iPods that I use in my classroom, but your post was a nice boost for me to amp up the use of them! Have you used the free app called StoryKit? My first graders love writing, illustrating and recording their own stories with it. Then they e-mail them to me and I can put them on our website. So fun! :)

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  10. I loved reading this post!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm actually in the process of writing a grant for five ipod touches to implement pretty much the way you described. What accessories would you recommend purchasing? Did you buy something special for charging or storing? I definitely want the Rockstar!

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  11. We have 80 in our building to check out I love them! Have you checked out Teach Me First Grade? It has 1 addition problem, 1 subtraction, a sight word and then a spelling. Then it starts over! I love that one and so do my kids. Also, they really like math bingo. You can choose subtraction or addition. I can't wait to check out some of the ones you discussed!

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  12. You have no idea how jealous this post makes me. You know what I have in my room? Chalk and a chalkboard!!! Ok, and a roll-around whiteboard easel, which is actually what I use the most. The only reason I have a listening center that uses CDs is because I went to Walmart and bought a 'boombox' that has a jack in the back for the headphone hub. We have nothing at our school. Hell, most of our district has nothing. So, I guess really, this post just makes me sad for my babies.

    All that being said, thanks for sharing all these ideas. I actually just got myself my first iPod (cashed in some points from my credit card!) and the first night I had it, I downloaded most of the apps you showed. :) Man, I'm such a geeky teacher!!! hahaha! I had no idea anything like that Rockstar existed, so I'm a bit excited about that. I've been trying to figure out how to make the best use of the ONE iPod I have, and that's a great start.

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  13. I wish my school had more technology- I still have a chalkboard (which I covered with fabric because... really? a chalkboard?!). I considered writing a grant for ipod touches recently, but then I got scared that if they gave me those, I would never get a smart board and I really want a smartboard!

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  14. Oh my goodness! This is soooo cool. This will be my goal. I have to say that I am fortunate to have 1 of 3 Smartboards at my site (out of about 40 teachers) so I won't do too much complaining, but this is awesome. Thanks for sharing!
    Shelly
    http://asprecsapple.blogspot.com

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  15. I am trying to figure out how to get MORE for just my classroom. We have 20 in a building of K-5 students!! Not near enough! However, not many teachers are using them!!

    Keep an eye out for moms with apps -- Fridays are FREE and they profile different apps!! They also highlight apps that others like and are "good" for one reason or another.

    I also found theiphonemom.com and ipadcurriculum.com I have not had a chance to check either out!!

    Using itunes I found they have a teach me K program and toddler program for even younger children. (My kids LOVE IT TOO) And word bingo is a FUN one!! There are lots of different levels which I REALLY like for different readers/ spellers....

    I CANT wait to check out this post MORE and figure out how I can get some for JUST my classroom!! My kids LOVE that we get them .....

    Sarah Hetrick
    shetrick@gmail.com
    www.mrshetrick.com

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  16. You have inspired me to write a grant for ipod touches. WOW. I would be SO happy to have technology like this in my room--the kids are not too motivated to go to listening station right now, and I think this would get the kids really excited. Thanks for sharing the great apps. I hope I can use them in my room sometime soon!!

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  18. I want to write a grant to get some itouches or ipads in my classroom and have been doing a lot of research. Two questions for you, what made you choose the itouch over the ipad and since you have been using the itouch now, would you switch over to the ipad given the choice?

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  19. Well, I new that money was an issue with my "wish list". I first just wanted the Shuffles, but then begged for Touches. I am planning on trying some how to get 3 or 4 iPads into the room. I love the touches because they do the same thing and are way cheaper. I am a little cautious with iPads because they are big, and I am afraid they could get dropped. If I get them, I will plan on building some type of iPad holder with a gutter and maybe a cutout self in the middle of a table to keep them placed down. Right now, I have 2 iPads that the kids use in small groups with me and Title 1 teachers. Usually we teach the apps in small groups with the iPad and they use them with the iTouch. So basically: iPad small group, iTouch independent or with partners.

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  20. This is amazing....I had this vision when I was in my old school district and we had the resources. This is my first year teaching my own class and we are unable to afford amazing things such as an ipod touch. I am hoping to find a grant to get some for my class next year! Thanks for sharing! I love technology and wish I could do more in my class.

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing this! You have inspired me to somehow figure out a way to get some iPods or iPads for my 1st grade classroom!
    And I LOVE that Rockstar thing by Belkin.
    Thanks again!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching

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  22. This is fabulous! How do you use the ipod touch in your writing?
    Thank you!!

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  25. This is awesome!! My 1.5 YO is already very interested in these. Do you know any good apps for toddlers?

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  27. My kids ages 3 and 5 each had itouches and now I have an ipad. Another great app is TEACH ME kindergarten and 1st grade! My kids love it, and word wagon!

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  28. Thanks for your wonderful post. I just bought an ipad for my classroom and I am looking up these apps....

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