Update: June 08
|About three years ago, I fell in
love with another little piece of Technology. My husband
bought me a video IPOD because I was walking lots and he
thought I could use it to listen to my music while I
walked... So I downloaded all my songs and walked and
walked!!! While walking a bopping along to my music I
started thinking of other uses for the IPOD both in the
classroom and at home with my five year old & 2 year
old. That's when I started to download all my teaching
and kids songs to the ipod and made playlists! I was (and
still am) truly in love. I figure now is time for me to
share the love with all the Teaching Heart visitors
because the IPOD is such a wonderful resource for
Teachers and Parents!!! Education is always changing and
teachers need to fall in love with new technology just
like their students do!!! I hope this page will inspire
you to try out an IPOD in your classroom.
What Can an IPOD do in a Classroom:
- A listening center on the go when loaded with audio books and podcasts. Read and record your voice reading stories you want your students to read and listen to.
- Teaching a science lesson and you want to use two songs each from different CD's? Load on your songs and create a playlist and never mess with changing a CD. Load on all your kids books and you won't have to worry about those messy CD's.
-Teachers will even find summer professional development coursework available in free podcasts, and the calendar and to-do list create a portable planner.
-With iTunes you can import, buy, organize, play, watch, and burn all your different media files! I use iTunes to organize my music. I sort my songs into playlists, for example "Alphabet", "Math", "Movement", "Numbers", "Rhyme Time", "Transition", etc. It is much easier to find the song I need and I don't have to change out CDs. It is incredible to have 2000 songs at your fingertips without having to swap cds or look for cds.
so 2 kids can listen to 1 IPOD
My Dream IPOD.
You could store the
world's music on this thing!
Record to Your IPOD
I have these headphones and
they are perfect for kids.
I have had
good luck with
Heart Visitors Share:
I love using my ipod in my
classroom.? I use it as students arrive to play good
morning, up beat music.? One of my favorites is a disney
tune from Song of the South, called Good morning.?
Another of my favorite uses for it is > to use it for
transitions.? For example, I teach in a Catholic school,
and I start playing the same kids religion song and that
signals to my students to get out their book and join me
at the team chair.? I also use it during handwriting,
playing certain classical pieces that are calming.? I
also use it as a reward, I allow students to use it to
randomly select music for our stretching/brain break
time.? I would be lost, seriously lost without my ipod.
This is pretty simple but teachers
have told me you can download all your early childhood
music into an IPOD and then plug it into external
speakers and use it to play songs with the children for
their music and movement time. I guess I'm an old
dinosaur but I would love the option of going instantly
to a particular song with preschoolers who don't stay
with anything for very long. No more fiddeling around
trying to find the correct song. Could you use it to copy
recordings from online to play back? Like readings of
books that are read online on certain websites? If
possible then they wouldn't be tied down to a computer
and could even interact with those readings in outdoor
environments like under a tree in the summer. What
about those books that repeat a particular line like the
words "run run as fast as you can you can't catch me
I'm the gingerbread man". Could you record that line
on the IPOD and then pass it around for each child to hit
the button when you come to that line of the book to play
back? Sorry I've never had an IPOD. I admit I'm a
dinosaur but these were some things I would like to be
able to do and wondering if
Yes Sara, you can download all of your childhood music to an IPOD. I have done just that and some. You can buy very cheap speakers or very expenisve ones. I have listed some I use below. Basically you just plug in your IPOD and play it with these speakers. The awesome thing about an IPOD is that it is fast. You can find any song in less than a 30 seconds. You can play songs from multiple CD's without changing a CD. If you take the time to read ITUNES for Teachers, you can see and learn more about this. As far as copying recordings, and I believe you are quoting StarFall (my son loves that story). I would record my own voice saying the line from the story and then place it on my ipod. Yes, you can do all you want to do and so much more with an IPOD!!!
I love my iPod in the classroom. I have one of those little bases it sits on that are the speakers. It gives out the best sound than any CD player I've tried. I have (with my husbands help) made folders for all the different music I use. I have "folders" for classical, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Kidz Bop, Kidz Bop Worship, Instrumental, and other children's CD's with anything from Nursery Rhymes to Monster Mash and Limbo. I use the music for Open House, special performances, and any of our parties (hooky pooky,chicken dance, etc.). I also have a folder with my favorites for those late nights in the classroom, my own kids sleeping music and my husbands favorites for traveling,
I really use the instrumental and classical sections all the time. It really helps the kids focus on their work and keeps the noise level down. I love to hear them "whisper sing" all the favorite Bible songs during Religion time. I am a first grade teacher at Faith Lutheran Academy in Las Vegas, NV. - Gemma Raymond
I went to a conference where a teacher talked about attaching a microphone to the IPOD to record reading assessments. Another teacher has children record their own reading onto the IPOD and then listening to them selves while reading the text again. You can also read and download children reading a reader's theater script then using Garage Band to manipulate their voices. I'd love to try these techniques next year.
I have downloaded all of my CDs onto my IPOD and then made a playlist for each month so that all I have to do is push play and I don't have to be searching through to find the song that I want. I also made playlists for common themes such as color songs, alphabet songs, etc. I just unplug the speakers from my laptop and plug them into the IPOD and it gets as loud as you need for your classroom. -Scott Van Worth
I use the iPod for recording the kids (with the iTalk attachment). They sometimes have it on the table during group work, and it records their conversation. If they're doing a good job, it gives me some electronic "accountable talk" to add to their portfolios, > and if they're off-topic or all talking at once, I can play it back for them and let them hear what needs to be worked on.
I also use it to record individuals' reading aloud for running records. They love to hear themselves played back -- and to hear me chanting, "I've got Kayla on my iPod!" I share these individual files via email with their parents. It gives me a different twist on a reading test to send home.
I know that other teachers also do podcasts of their classwork for the kids to utilize outside of class, but my own guys are little, and I think they're in school more than enough time as it is! It's still a great idea, though -- imagine being able to play a math lesson for a parent who was taught in such a different way, or to be able to review what really went on, in addition to one's notes!
I have so many books on tape or CD that I don't use my iPod this way, but it's so small and easy to store that it makes a great audio tool for a listening center. And the kids do like being able to use the little wheel in ways that they are famliar with. Kathleen
As a teacher in Palm Beach County, Florida, I am a Technology Ambassador for my school. Through a grant, Enhancing Education Through Technology, Tech Ambassadors are given MacBooks along with a 80 GB ipod with a voice recorder. We also use digital cameras, videocameras and projectors. This past year, my first graders used the i pod with the voice recorder to create podcasts and record their readings. I have a complete digital portfolio of my students from August 07 - June 08. They recorded their reader's theaters and poetry readings. I am working on writing a grant to purchase a splitter, so I can use the ipod as a listening center for our stories that are on a cd. This would allow up to five students to listen and follow along in their books. The i pod was a favorite and helped my students with their fluency. I hope that information helps. Stacey Lopez Sandpiper Shores Elementary School Boca Raton, Florida
I use my IPOD almost everyday at school--especially for the kid's music but also recorded books--my kids put on earphones and listen to another voice (other than mine) read. I also have a voice recorder which has been educational and fun. I have the children tell a story and record them--then download onto IPOD or burn on CD--they love that. I have also had parents read books and do the > same thing--this has augmented my listening center greatly without costing the price of recorded books. I love your site. Trish DiFalco in Michigan
Great printable that explains how to use
ITunes with your IPOD!
|IPOD in Education YouTube|
In Hand BLOG-
Awesome blog dealing with the ipod in
Of Educational Image Sets
From learning in hand. Great for making
presentations for your classroom on your
Ipod. Math flascards and hundreds charts are
just two of the resources for downloading.
how one teacher used and IPOD
in her elementary classroom!
Wonderful ways to use your ipod in the
classroom. Love this page!
See how these teachers used the IPOD for
word study exercises!!!
Explains some uses of the IPOD in various classrooms.
See how IPODS make learning Spanish FUN!
|IPOD Lesson Ideas|
|IPODS in the classroom||ITunes in Education examples|
Free stories to download
free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
|Podcasts in the Classroom||10 Podcasts for Teachers and Students|
Making your own recordings
|Treats for your IPOD|
|Listening Lounge iPods||Special Needs Students and IPODS|
|PRE-K IPODs||Engaging students through technology|
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