The iPod Touch in the Classroom

Presenter: Kern Kelley
Location: Newport, Maine, USA
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Presentation Title: The iPod Touch in the Classroom

Presentation Description: The iPod Touch can function as an important educational tool inside and outside the classroom. With the increased purchases of netbooks this last year, there seems to be a push for schools to put more machines into students hands. At a price point even lower than current netbooks the iPod Touch is a great compliment to any classroom. While many schools still do not allow cell phones, an iPod Touch bridges that gap. Wifi access provides a tremendous opportunity for students and teachers to browse the web, type a response, record audio or calculate a problem. The form factor makes many classroom tasks manageable while the design of the device requires far less technical support than most laptops. The main focus of this presentation is how teachers can accomplish common tasks in the classroom, but also includes how students can use the tool for their own studies. Most of the applications discussed are free or a few dollars. Viewers will learn concrete ways they can use their iPod Touch in the classroom the following day.

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22 Responses to “The iPod Touch in the Classroom”

  1. Kern Kelley says:

    Essential Questions

    1) How can this tool make me more efficient in the classroom?

    2) What ways can this device help me go beyond traditional modes of engagement?

    3) In what ways would the implementation of this device effect the learning of my students?

  2. Elisabeth says:

    To me this is one of the most transformative of devices. I have seen what my iphone has done for me in a few short years. I am very anxious to use this with my students. As a school library technologist I am looking for possible applications as well as ways to spread the use to my staff. Now all I need is to get a few!!

  3. Chris Bell says:

    Great job on distilling this information into less than 20 minutes. I truly believe that the iPhone is the greatest thing to come along in years and the Touch is a close 2nd.

    I love many of the ways this device can be used by students quickly and efficiently–podcasting, blogging, remediation, extension. It really allows for a teacher to develop complex and interesting projects that really tap into higher order thinking skills through creation of content, analysis, etc.

  4. Kern Kelley says:

    Thanks Chris,
    I have come to think of it as an Educational Swiss Army Knife. It may not be the best device for a specific purpose, but it will do so many things it’s useful as an all in one tool.

  5. Cheryl Oakes says:

    Just brilliant. I emailed this out to several people tonight!

  6. Kern Kelley says:

    Thanks so much Cheryl!

  7. Alice Barr says:

    Thanks Kern! This is a really nice how to. Love the section on using Google docs and will share with admins who are anxious to start using their iPhone for Instructional Rounds. Also plan to share this with teachers. The app section was very helpful!

  8. Kern Kelley says:

    Thanks Alice, let me know if you need more Doc template or anything.

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  16. katie says:

    Any ideas already out there on assessing the use of the iTouch? Purposes could include 21st century skills, financial literacy, reading & writing, middle school leel, tech standards, etc?

  17. katie says:

    Any ideas already out there on assessing the use of the iTouch? Purposes could include 21st century skills, financial literacy, reading & writing, middle school level, tech standards, etc?

  18. […] The iPod Touch in the Classroom by Kern Kelly was the session I viewed in the K-12 Online conference. I thought the session was going to very elementary at the beginning because Kern was talking about how to take the itouch out of the box but within seconds the atmosphere changed. the session was very imformative. It showed how to connect to itunes, download books, music,etc. and how to play it to your class from the itouch with some special cable that attaches to TV. Our school has smart boards but a lot of schools do not. That way technology could be shared. Kern also went into several apps that would be good to have on your itouch. Stanza for books, Uquery and for educational app review. RSS Flashg for news, Skype, Dropbow{a single web based folder{, StoryKit, to create stories with Brushes with images that go with StoryKit. He also showed Google forms , where you could put tests online. All this info can be found in   I did think there was value in the site. […]

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