iPod Page

Assignment #1 - Explore various websites and find 10 different articles that use ipods in the classroom. Below are the websites explored and a short summary of each article.

An iPod in Your Classroom Toolbox
This is an embedded slide show that presents the different uses of iPods in the classroom. It covers many different genres and tools that teachers could use. The presentation would work great for presenting this topic to a school staff during inservice.

PluggEd In
Wikispaces are great ways to share new information on technology. PluggEd In's wikipage is innovation, informative, and easy to use. It's main purpose is to show how easy iPods are to use, but in an educational setting. One key area on the wikispace is "Some things you/your students can record and publish using iPod/Mic". I especially liked the idea of recording a lesson for a substitute to play to the class in my absense.

iPod Touch Schoolwide Implementation
In her brief explanation, Susan Wells discusses the implementation of using iPods in her school. Her school was open to putting iPods in not only the hands of students, but in the hands of teachers as well. Teachers collaborated on ways to incorporate iPods throughout the curriculum and offered iPod labs to the students with access throughout the entire school day. Susan comments, "Teacher current app favorites include: WordBook, Thesaurus, USA, Countries, Brain Tuner, Blanks, Whiteboard, CoinToss, Lose It!, Word Warp, FlipBook Lite."

Chris Webb'Space
Chris Webb designed a blog that lists the applications suitable for educational purposes. Not only does he list the Apps, but he shows what the App buttons would look like on the iTouch screen. Because it is a blog, many other people have commented on the information and have included a few other Apps that Chris Webb did not cover.

Lesson Plan for Teaching the Renaissance using iPods
There are many lesson plans available on-line to help teachers incorporate iPod usage into the curriculum. This particular lesson plan is a two week unit that utilizes iPods, iTunes, and PowerPoint to teach important aspects of the Renaissance. This lesson plan came from a larger resource at Cave Creek School District's website at www.ccusd93.org/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=18621. There are lesson plans for both elementary and secondary classrooms.

Interview with an Educational Technolory Coordinator
Robert Craven works for the Orange County Department of Education in California. In this interview, he outlines many uses throughout education that iPods could be useful.

Using iPods in the Classroom
This research article from The Principals' Partnership is a look at the pros and cons of using iPods in the classroom. With today's changing technology, the researchers found many benefits in using iPods instead of textbooks or even laptop computers. Travelling with an iPod is much easier than carrying a laptop or a textbook. iPods can be updated easily; textbooks become outdated much faster. One area of education that researchers found a unique change was in special education. Students who had previously been labeled ADD or ADHD should significant improvements when using iPods for learning. They were able to tune out distractions in the classroom; consequently, their focus levels improved. Essentially iPods bring information students without effort from the students, so they are ideal for reaching students outside the realm of the regular school day.

iWriter for the Classroom
Although this is not an article, it is a link to a source that offers extra devices for iPods that would work great in education. The iWriter is a wonderful tool not only for English teachers, but for teachers of other content areas as well. An example is shown on the home page of a "Pop Quiz" that one teacher submitted to her students. This technology allow the teacher to incorporate text and audio files.

An Article on Podcasting in Education
This updated article focuses on the befefits of subscribing to podcasts. It is written in a easily understandable language and compares subscribing to a podcast to subscribing to a magazine. The article includes an explanation on how pdcasts work, but most importantly, it provides a list of suggestions on using iPods in education. Some ideas for audio files include recorded lectures, texts that have been read by the class, teacher commentary, podcasts from other schools, etc.

article title: "School Races to Promote Reading Through Podcasts"
This is a wonderful retelling of a teacher who promoted podcasts in her culturally diverse school by having students create podcasts about books that they liked and recommended to other students. Her goal was to reach 500 podcasts that could be posted on her school's website. Because many of her students came from other countries (many refugees), they were able to share their learning with their relatives from other countries when those relatives were in America visiting. Not only would this work well for an elementary school, it would also work quite well at the high school level.

Apple-Education-Using iPods in the Classroom
This site is directly from Apple, the maker of the iPod. It has everything an educator needs to get started using iPods in the classroom. This page includes several lesson plans from different levels and different content areas. Teachers from different disciplines should be able to find something at this site. It also offers on-line tutorials on how to use this wonderful tool in the classroom.

Assignment #2 - Explore 5 classmates' wikispaces and find "AHA Moments" from each site. Explain what was found. Completed on Marian Online in Discussion section of Ipod Class Site.

Assignment #3 - Subscribe to a FREE podcast and use the podcast in class.

Chews a Book podcast Review 041. Code Orange by Caroline Cooney English 10 students read several different books for Literature Circles. One of those titles is Code Orange by Caroline Cooney. The class listened to the 2 minute podcast on "Chews a Book." Those students who already read this book, critiqued the quality of the podcast, while the students who had not read the book were asked whether they would read the book or not based on the podcast. All students submitted their replies in writing.
RESULTS: The majority of the class thought that the quality of the podcast needs improvement. The speaker sounds very young and has no expression in his voice. His voice is monotone, and it actually sounds like he is reading. Although his summary of the book seemed accurate to those students who already read this book, they felt that he could have sounded more excited about the book to "sell" the story. He isn't very convincing. Many students claimed that they would not read this book based on the podcast.

Reduced Shakespeare Company - Episode #157. "Wisconsin Loves Us As a bonus (since I had my iPod dock and iTouch at school), students listend to this podcast as a follow-up activity to a DVD that we watched recently. The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a 3-man acting troupe that puts on a show called "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged." The DVD is funny, exciting, and a good activity to get students thinking about Shakespeare and the language that he used in his literature. This podcast is ~ 20 minutes long; we only listened to the first part when the company is speaking about the towns they have visited in Wisconsin. One note: during this podcast, one of the actors calls a drama teacher at a small high school in Wisconsin. He doesn't say which town to protect the teacher, but he does mention her name. My students were VERY inspired to find out which small town they were speaking of. One of my students did an internet search on the woman's name and found the school (Fort Atkinson HS.)

Assignment #4 - Create a Unit Plan in which the usage of iPods is incorporated. (Unit may be hypothetical.)

Lesson Plan

Title of Lesson: Study into the Human Mind-Short Story Unit
Date: Feb. 2010 Timeframe of Lesson: 2 weeks
Author(s): Lynelle J. Reak
School District: Mayville School District
Campus: High School
Subject Area(s): English
Grade Level(s)/Course: Sophomore
State Standards
Subject Specific:
A.12.1, A.12.2, A.12.3, B.12.1, C.12.1, C.12.2, E.12.1, E.12.2, *E.12.3, *E.12.4, E.12.5

*Main standards used in this unit plan.
E.12.3 Create media products appropriate to audience and purpose.
E.12.4 Demonstrate a working knowledge of media production and distribution.

Technology Specific:
A.12.1, A.12.2, A.12.3, A.12.4, A.12.5, A.12.6, C.12.4, D.12.1, D.12.2
Stated Objective(s)
Students will:
*Download free software onto their computers (iTunes, audacity, LAME).
*Subscribe to the APP “100 Greatest Short Stories” from iTunes.
*Sync their iTouch iPods to iTunes after subscribing to above APP.
*Read a series of short stories using their iPods.
*Respond to a daily question on the classroom blog page.
*Listen to two radio broadcasts on the Internet (old-fashioned shows from decades ago.)
*Plan, organize, record, edit, and present a podcast (with a group) based on a short story.
Procedures for Lesson
Each student will be assigned an iTouch iPod.
1. Students will download the APP “100 Greatest Short Stories” from Rampart Software ($1.99) onto their iPods using iTunes.
2. Teacher will assign a series of five (5) short stories to be read (one story per day for a total of five days.) The stories are:
(Monday) “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce
(Tuesday) “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
(Wednesday) “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
(Thursday) “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
(Friday) “The Lady, or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton
3. Students will use their iPod APP 100 Greatest Short Stories to read the daily assigned story. After reading, the students must view the classroom blog page designed by the teacher. On that blog, they will find a question or two regarding that day’s story. All students need to respond to the question(s). The answers should come in the form of a continuous conversation.
4. The following week (after stories are completed), the class will be divided into groups of four-five. Each group will be assigned one of the five stories. Their project goal is to plan, organize, record, and present a podcast based on their assigned story. Their podcast should follow the same style as the old-fashioned radio broadcasts (before television was invented.)
5. All groups are responsible for researching old-fashioned radio broadcasts on the Internet. Group members must listen to two shows on-line and show proof of those shows. (There will be a short worksheet asking specific questions that show proof.) When planning out the podcast, students will be reminded that they do not have to cover the entire story, but could use a partial scene from the plot and notify the listener to stay-tuned for upcoming episodes. Students may also want to include commercials. If they choose to include commercials, they need to fashion them after those of the radio shows long ago, including jingles, and voiceovers, (Students may want to listen to a few examples that they find on the Internet or in podcasts.
6. Ideas for the podcasts
All podcasts will be recorded during school hours, and students are solely responsible for the editing stage. They may include music and sound effects. There is no time limit on the podcasts. All students in a group must participate in the recording phase of the podcast. All scripts must be typed out for final teacher approval before recording. Podcasts will be uploaded to the class blog page for the final presentation. Since this is a new unit plan, the time may be shifted to accommodate more conversation while reading the stories.
Assessment or Evaluation
Blog entries required by all students.
Scripts turned in prior to recording podcasts.
Final presentation of podcasts (interesting scene, quality of sound—voice/music/effects, fulfills requirements of assignment rubric)
Students could be encouraged to continue podcasting a series of scenes from their stories until the entire story is completed.
iPod Touch (classroom set ~ 30), access to computers, recording equipment for podcasts, blog page, APP for iTouch à 100 Greatest Short Stories @ 2009 Rampart Software $1.99 from iTunes, audacity software and LAME downloaded onto computers.

Technology Resources: classroom blog page (http://lynellereak.blogspot.com/), iTunes, audacity, LAME, 30 computers and/or access to home computers, 1 printer, 30 iTouch iPods, freeplaymusic.com, APP: 100 Greatest Short Stories, access to the Internet
Other Resources: .computer paper, planning notebook, worksheet for Internet search of old-time radio shows.

Assignment #5 - Create two (2) Podcasts. Podcast #1 is an instructional tool (teacher speaking on podcast.) Podcast #2 relates to a topic that is being studied in my classroom (student speaking on podcast.)

Cosmo Podcast, Episode 1 - Pick 4 Creative Writing Idea

Cosmo Podcast, Episode 2 - Student Story (Chosen by Mrs. Reak's Creative Writing class)

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