I'm taking a new plunge for my classroom and thanks to three special students, I am able to get these iPods up and running. Through a grant I received from the Blue Valley Foundation, I was able to purchase 2 iPods and wanted to use them to expand the storytelling capacity of my classroom. Inspired by reading Wes Fryer's blog and Kevin Honeycutt's blog, I've been saving up energy to try out this new kind of tool.
There's so much to learn, so much to decide and then put into action I've just been overwhelmed. So I've been concentrating on blogging until now. I had used the iPods to capture interviews with people for storytelling projects that I mostly constructed on the computer. With a little over a month left in the school year, I decided I should really get going at thinking about the iPods as more than file storage.
I thought I'd share about my process only because I couldn't find anyone who said much about it online. I had to cobble together different resources in order to get going.
- Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand website was a lifesaver to help me figure out how to get an iTunes account setup without having to use a credit card. There are tons of other things to learn here and loads of ideas.
- I searched high and low to find a good list of apps to use with middle schoolers. There are tons of "the hottest" apps articles. Don't need those. I just need no cost, workhorses. Very different from "hottest". Here's the find of hours and hours of searching for me. I couldn't find much info from this wiki, but their recommendations are top in my book. It's called HCTechCoach.
- I was disappointed that Apple, Apple's forum, the Distinguished Educator's pages didn't have more ideas. But maybe iTouches are too old school and using just a couple isn't big enough scale. If you know where to look for smaller scale application ideas, let me know. Please. At this point, I wouldn't waste my time looking there because I spent hours looking for ideas and never found anything that was helpful.
I'll keep coming back to update my list...expect this post to keep changing it's content. Hopefully that will help someone in the future who is trying to get their iPods up and working. If you are already good at this and have something I should be seeing, leave me a comment and I would be very grateful. Thanks.