1.) http://www.teachingheart.net/ipod.htm
"Teaching Heart's IPODS for Teachers and Parents!"
This site is a collection of ideas that answer the question, "What can an iPod do in a classroom?" Visitors to the site share their ideas on how to use iPods in the classroom.

2.) http://www.apple.com/nz/education/ipod/lessons/
"iPod in the Classroom"
This site gives a collection of educator-created lesson plans to use as idea starters for using iPods in the classroom to enhance curriculum and student performance.

3.) http://www.pre-kpages.com/ipods.html
"Using iPods in the Early Childhood Classroom" from Mrs. Levin's Pre-K Page
This site gives ideas for using iPods in the classroom. Ideas include making Playlists for units/themes or classroom activities (for example: Classroom Management, Colors, Shapes, Numbers, and Letters), and using iPods as a Listening Center.

4.) http://storynory.com/
"Storynory"
This is a site of free audio stories for kids. The stories are read by storyteller, Natasha Gotswick. Some examples of listed stories include fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson and classic tales such as The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Riding Hood. A new audio story is published each week.

5.) http://www.mrcoley.com/flashcards/flashcards_resources.htm
"iPod Flash Cards Resources"
iPods can be used for flash card practice! A 5th grade teacher, Mr. Coley, provides links to sets of iPod flash cards in various subjects, directions for creating iPod flash cards, and links to tutorial videos.

6.) http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/curriculum/ict/podcasts/
"Podcasts in the Classroom"
This site defines a podcast, provides directions on how to create podcasts, and discusses the educational value of using podcasts. The site includes links to samples of educational podcasts, ex.- NASA podcasts.

7.) http://www.kid-cast.com/
"Kid-Cast.Com"
Kid-cast.com is a website for kids to create and publish their own Podcasts. The site provides a definition of Podcasts and shows examples.

8.) http://www.apptism.com/apps/
"apptism"
This site gives a selection of apps for your iPod. When viewing this site, I checked "Free" and I selected "Education" under Categories and found many apps that would be fun and helpful to use in my classroom. The games vary by ability and topic. There are many apps to choose from!

9.) http://www.colab.soe.vt.edu/mpl/?p=96
"move + play + learn: ipod touch in elementary classroom"
This site showed a nifty way to store iPods in a classroom. Check out the photo of the “iPod Planter.” It makes it easy for kids to access the devices and appears to take up a small amount of classroom space.

10.) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/09/education/09ipod.html?_r=1
This is an article from the New York Times called, "In Some Schools, iPods Are Required." The article discussed the movement away from bans on using iPods in the classroom. The article stated that districts are purchasing iPods for educational purposes, such as using iPods in bilingual programs to assist Spanish-speaking students or for science teachers to illustrate chemistry concepts.


Assignment #2:

Aha moments:
1) http://edtechbytes.com/?p=173 I enjoyed Tony Bell’s "Aha Picture" listed on his wiki. The photograph showed what it might look like to manage a classroom set of iPods. I did not consider how much space iPods could consume! I also found a photograph of a way to store a set of iPods, however the picture does not show the chords needed to charge the iPods. There definitely are other challenges to think about if getting a set of iPods for classroom use! Cool picture, Tony!

2.) http://ipodclassroom.wikispaces.com/ This wikispace, posted by Pat Anderson, shows a video of a high school student as he presents the idea of an iSchool for future American education to "fix" America’s "broken education system." Along with his interesting video are great links that provide ideas for incorporating iPods in the classroom. This wikispace also had great links to educational apps that can be used with elementary, middle, and high school students. Since YouTube is blocked at our school, I especially liked the reminder of how to get videos out of YouTube and onto my iPod or computer to use with my students. Great site, Pat!

3.) http://projects.minot.k12.nd.us/groups/chris/weblog/5ce29/Why_an_iPod_Touch_in_education_.htmlThumbTacks™ LeAnn Christensen listed this website on her wikispace and on this site I found a link called "ThumbTacks" which advertised a very cool mini mic for the iPod-Touch 2G. The ad said, "Push your Thumbtack into your 3.5mm headphone jack and your iPod will automatically turn into a voice recorder*. So next time when you need to record class dictations, office meetings, or even covering the next big story, don't forget to bring along your ThumbTack." This may be worth the $12.99 that it is being sold for since there wouldn't be a need to carry around headsets or standing mics that may take up a lot of room. Neat gadget, LeAnn!

4.) http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/100-ways-to-use-your-ipod-to-learn-and-study-better This is a great site that I found on Ryan Pagenkopf's wikispace called "100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better." It includes study guides, podcasts, tutorials, applications and so much more. Under podcasts, I found a link to free Sesame Street videos. The videos cover life lessons such as staying healthy, similarities vs. differences, bullying, fear, dealing with loss, etc. I plan to use some of these lessons with my students. Thanks, Ryan!

5.) http://www.ccusd93.org/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=18621&catfilter=2051&PHPSESSID=33fa4c7cb346ebb9763053217896b929#showDoc
I found three great lesson plan ideas on using iPods in the classroom from this website posted by Lisa Richison. The website listed using iPods for a writing activity, book reviews, and for podcasting a classroom newsletter. The site gave easy to follow, detailed lesson plans of how to complete these activities. I found the information very helpful and it gave me an idea of where to start with these projects. I look forward to trying these activities with my students. Thank you for the helpful site, Lisa!


Assignment #3:

Subscribed podcast:
http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/podcasts/index.html
DragonflyTV, the PBS KIDS GO! show lists podcasts of kids doing science investigations, with video and music. New episodes are presented weekly and are created by Twin Cities Public Television. A Smartboard is being installed in my classroom this summer, so I could show these podcasts to my class with the use of my Smartboard. The episodes could be used to introduce our units of study or to expand upon the information that we covered. Some of the podcast topics include: butterfly wings, sea turtles, baby dinosaurs, earthquakes, ski jumping, and many more.

http://www.sesamestreet.org/podcasts/?gclid=CJqro_qg55sCFQ_xDAodfWf44w
"The Sesame Street Podcast" is a series of free video episodes featuring Murray Monster and many other favorite Sesame Street Muppets. Celebrity guests and the Sesame Street characters explain the meaning of words like "octagon" and "insect" in the "Word on the Street" podcasts. They cover emotions and many other early learning skills. I could also play episodes that correlate with our units of study on my Smartboard.

http://www.billygorilly.com/podcast_html_files/BillyGorillyShow_Episode17.html
"Billy Gorilly's Podcasts for Kids" are podcasts for students to listen to that cover a wide range of skills including science, math, literacy, creativity, and values. Billy Gorilly is a blue gorilla that sings about different concepts. Some of his songs cover counting by fives, letter sounds, saying "Hello" in different languages, counting backwards, telling time, and many more skills. I could use these songs in our listening center, to introduce or review concepts, or to play for listening enjoyment.

http://www.learninginhand.com/OurCity/
Our City Podcast is a podcast made by kids from many different parts of the world. Students share information about the city that they live in. Some of the cities that are posted include Houston, Texas; North Pole, Alaska; and even Brown Deer, Wisconsin! Podcasts of a city in Germany, England, and the rain forest are also posted. This would be a good learning tool to teach students about different parts of the world. The information may be a bit above the first grade level, but I think it would be beneficial for the students to see video from places they may not have the experience of traveling to.

http://web.mac.com/gaylejb/onair/Podcast/Podcast.html
This site is called "First Grade on Air" and lists podcasts created by Mrs. Berthiaume's first grade students. Their podcasts allow us to join their classroom to see what they are learning about. I would use this site to borrow ideas from. Some of the podcasts created by Mrs. Berthiaume's students include writing poems and recording them in Gargage Band or podcasts of students sharing what they learned through the use of KidPix. It would also be helpful to share these podcast examples with the students.


Assignment #4:
Unit Plan:









Assignment #5:

Teacher-created podcast:
The following is a podcast of a story-starter that can be used during journal time called, "My Island Adventure."


Student-created podcast:

This is a "student" response to the story-starter given above.



Assignment #6:
Added assignment - 2 fun iPod applications:
See Read Say - This application practices 220 Dolch sight words (for $1.99). One sight word is displayed at a time on the screen. Students shake the iPod for a new word. Students can also have the words spoken to them. The app tracks individual progress and the number of completed words for each student. It also displays a report card with a star rating system to keep students excited to reach the next level. The word levels include: pre-primer, primer, first, second, and third grade. This would be a great tool to use in my first grade classroom and a great tool for ELL students as well.
Coin Math - This is the application that I used in my Unit Plan for students to practice identifying and counting coins ($1.99).
The Oregon Trail - I love this game! There is a free version or you can pay $4.99 for the game.
Magic 8 Ball - This is a flashback to the past (for free)... Ask your iPod a question, shake it, and watch the Magic 8 Ball reveal the answer!
Free Wi-Fi Finder - Find free Wi-Fi spots wherever you are in the world. Note: You must have access to the Internet to find a Wi-Fi spot.
Bump - Bump allows you to swap contact information and photos simply by bumping two phones (or iPod Touches) together. The contact information is saved directly into your address book, and photos are saved directly into your camera roll. The steps listed are 1. Open bump on both phones, 2. While holding the phones, gently bump your hands together, 3. Confirm the exchange. No one can see your information until you physically bump hands with them. You select the information you want to share directly from the home screen.