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Comments on: Deploying the iPod Touch in a classroom http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Teaching Carnival - academhack - Thoughts on Technology and Higher Education http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-78163 Sun, 30 May 2010 17:43:14 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-78163 […] you are thinking about mobile uses in the classroom, check out The Salt-Box’s thought experiment on possible uses (again the pay off is in the […]

By: Sergio Johnson http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-36425 Sun, 31 May 2009 14:52:22 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-36425 I have looked at multiple solutions and I am noticing that the solution I would use is “Tegrity”. It allows the teacher to record class time and is availabe for students to review later. The best part is the students don’t have to have an iPhone/iPod Touch, unless they want one. This application allows users of all types of devices to access the content. Also as a former instructor in the U.S. Navy, I would not allow the devices in class to begin with. This would allow the students to interact with the teacher/professor, and then review later no matter what type of device they have.

By: George Churchwell http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-34489 Fri, 15 May 2009 02:37:30 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-34489 We have created a wonderful application to allow students to create an application on the iPod touc

By: George http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-31727 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 21:00:56 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-31727 Okay, well that opens up some possibilities for peer-to-peer sharing of information…

…and if there’s any software out there designed to help researchers wandering the stacks in the library, that’s a possibility…

…I wonder it it’s possible to use an iPod Touch as a kind of “Super Clicker” for taking quick polls on things.

I like this “hypothetical” situation, and I hope to come up with some better suggestions…

By: Jason http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-31356 Sat, 18 Apr 2009 00:45:09 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-31356 George–sorry I missed this.

At any rate, the iPod Touches would be theirs for the duration of the class.

The software updates apply to both, with (as usual) a $10 charge for iPod users.

By: George http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-30997 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:54:45 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-30997 Do the students have the iPod Touches all term long both in and out of class? Or do they pick one up when they walk into the classroom and then put it back down when they leave?

Are the changes coming to the iPhone software/firmware this summer also coming to the iPod Touch? (I’m not talking about the rumors of new devices; I mean the officially announced changes that will allow for things like peer-to-peer connectivity.)

By: MrK http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-29053 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 21:39:32 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-29053 I am working with this question right now, as I won a grant for technology innovation in my school division. 36 ipod touches, microphone enabled headsets, a laptop to configure them and a cart to store/charge. I have been reading everything I can find about integration of these devices (particularly at a high school level) and here are my thoughts and intended uses.

In order for these devices to be useful, activities must be student-centered and novel. There is no point in buying them if you are simply going to upload the powerpoints you would normally show on a projector, although having a database of them on the device for instant research is a great idea. Apple also has an imaging software to make the devices function and look as you see fit, so there is SOME control of what students can/cannot do.

There is now blogging software (wordpress) and content creation tools (impact edit and others) that allow this device to truly function as a content-creation tool. Students are adept at typing on the small screen, and I am willing to take a minor hit in assignment formatting to allow them the flexibility to complete assignments on these devices.

Some of the major texts used for high school english in my division are now available as ebooks and audiobooks. For students that struggle with reading, they can listen to the book as they follow along with the words.

I have purchased microphone enabled headsets for the touches, which will allow students to give voice-feedback and editing. I also plan to use the little devices for recording podcasts and tutorials.

I have much more to say, but this is already a long post. Please comment or leave feedback on my website, as I want to hear more about what people think of this idea.

By: Derek Bruff http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-28683 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 02:54:35 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-28683 Thanks for the shout out, Micah. I was going to write a long comment here about using iPod Touches as “super-clickers,” but I think jww’s idea near the end of his long comment above captures the main idea. When considering using these devices in the classroom, I think it’s helpful to think about what kind of out-of-class Web-based assignments (particularly ones using Web 2.0 tools) would be useful for students to complete, then imagine how it might work if students could work on those assignments during class when (a) the instructor is available to provide feedback and (b) the whole class is available for sharing, debriefing, and discussion.

I wrote a series of blog posts a few weeks ago exploring uses of mobile devices in the classroom like this. You can see the whole series here. Parts 5 and 6 are probably most relevant to this discussion. I welcome additional thoughts on this topic!

As for using clickers (the “old-fashioned” kind, not smart phones) in a literature class, I think the key is not to think about multiple-choice questions necessarily having single correct answers, as they must when they appear on exams. Instead, think of a multiple-choice question as a way to begin and frame a discussion, particularly one that involves critical thinking on the students’ part. By posing a clicker question that asks students, for instance, to select from a set of choices why they think an author handled a topic in a certain way, you’re asking all students (whether that’s 15 or 50 or 500) to commit to the answer choice they feel is best. This warms the students up for small-group or classwide discussions in which they discuss reasons for and against each of the answer choices.

One could, of course, ask the same question and hear from a few student volunteers, but the level of participation and engagement among the students who don’t volunteer might not be the same.

By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-28411 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 03:16:06 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-28411 Actually, Mr. Chair, the scary thing is this a solid 2 months before I usually think about a summer course I’ve taught before!

The *real* thing to worry about is that this hypothetical course would be the very last course I teach before a sabbatical. “Don’t bug me — go play with your iPods!”

By: GLG http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/comment-page-1/#comment-28129 Sat, 28 Mar 2009 02:04:31 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/26/deploying-the-ipod-touch-in-a-classroom/#comment-28129 Should the hypothetical chairman of the hypothetical department in which this hypothetical course will be hypothetically taught be concerned that the actual technology of this hypothetical course isn’t more fully better thought out at this point…hypothetically speaking, that is?