There are a number of posts from individuals interested in using iPod Touches for teaching and Learning. At Culbreth Middle in Chapel Hill, NC we began a pilot this past August to place the iPod Touch in the hands of staff and students.

Our staff development for faculty to roll out the new technology centered on teacher coaches leading their groups in exploration through professional learning communities.

Our AVID students use the iPod Touch in the AVID classroom and in all other courses. They have piloted this program, using the iPod Touches daily for note taking, keeping individual agendas, translation for world languages, and accessing research through the Internet. In addition, our AVID students use many of the apps that teachers sync with these mobile devices. As student leaders, they’ve understood their responsibility to work and share this learning tool in collaborative groups.

This winter we were able to add iPod Touch labs for each of our seven interdisciplinary teams and two labs for our exploratory and resource teams. The interdisciplinary grade level iPod Touch labs are housed with each team and shared among the four content teachers (math, language arts, science, and social studies). These teachers plan together so that their students have access throughout each day. They access the internet as needed and use many apps as well.

Teacher current app favorites include: WordBook, Thesaurus, USA, Countries, Brain Tuner, Blanks, Whiteboard, CoinToss, Lose It!, Word Warp, FlipBook Lite. Of course they are using the included apps: Calendar, Calculator, Notes, Clock, YouTube throughout each day.

We held an iPod Touch Day last week with visitors from all over the state and from across the country. We even had a group from the UK come see our students and teachers in action with the iPod Touch. With almost 400 iPod Touches now in use at Culbreth, we’re happy to share what we’ve learned and what we’re learning.

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You can get a Bretford case. It fits less in it (20), but is the size of a smallish suitcase.

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I just received a quote from my local Apple rep., and one cart costs about $2,300. I'm writing a grant for these devices, and I'm including the cost of some Griffin clear cases for each iPod at a cost of about $10 a piece.
I purchased some silicone cases through eBay. They came in packs of 5 for $10 I think. The people I bought through also allowed me to buy screen protectors at $1 each. Pretty reasonable protection, and a soft landing if they ever get dropped. (see my profile pic) I also like the different colors for groupwork.
We are getting ready to order a small number for a pilot project. We are looking at the 16GB. Did you purchase any accessories, such as cases with yours?
Will these be handed to the students to take home? If not, depending on what you plan on letting students or teachers have on them, 8GB will go very far. If you are putting multiple full-length movies or 1000 songs on them, then yeah 16GB is your better bet. We have a mobile lab that has a decent amount of podcasts and applications and our highest load is 4GB for a teacher. The difference in price could help you buy a few more and with accessories while helping your budget.

The RCA cable that connects your iPod to a projector is $49.99. We use it in the AV room with digital collections and podcasts.
Tara,
All 400 of our iPod Touches are 8GB. We've not come close to filling the space. I'd recommend these and saving your money for accessories and apps. We did purchase cases from Speck. They have some very hearty ones, not inexpensive but they offer great protection.
Here is that app that Tom Olson talked about; a sound editor for ipod touch: www.vericorder.com
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Great information! I added a link to this blog on my "iPod-Touch in Education" ongoing blog post: http://projects.minot.k12.nd.us/groups/chris/weblog/5ce29/Why_an_iP...
Chris, I checked out your blog. Very cool and informative. Thanks for adding the link.
I've an update this afternoon of iTunesU resources we're using with our iPod Touches and some additional apps as well. Hope some of you find these helpful!

iTunesU Resources:

WETA Learning Media
Meet the Author
Dependent on Author, take a look, these are terrific


NMSU
Eat, Move, Learn Flash Animated Series

NMSU
Soil: Who Needs It?- Elementary 3rd-5th

NMSU
Science Pirates- The Curse of Brownbeard-
Agar Song
Bacteria Song
Hypothesis
Wash Your Hands
Mostly Elementary but take a look

NMSU
Fight BAC Food Detective Songs

NMSU
The Story of BAC a green cartoon germ

NMSU
Trees in Your Neighborhood
Elementary, well done as are all the NMSU resources

SUNY-ESF
Going Green
From Wood Chips to Plastic
Alternative Fuels
Solar Panels
Paper versus Plastic
Middle School Science

New Apps we're using:

The Game of Life, Cellular Automation

Basic Math, add, subtract, multiply, divide quiz

IQuotation, quotation database by category, author and favorite

Idioms, everyday idiom database

StoryLite, personalized adventure stories

Genius, typing program

Westward, going west virtually
I was so impressed as I got to visit Culbreth Middle school. Thanks for leading the way!

Student engagement was amazing and can't wait to implement in my school.

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