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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Great to see so many teachers using iPod Touches in class, in sets or as individual technologies. I conducted research over the last couple of years in Australian primary schools on the use of the iPod Touch and various apps. As an educator, I love seeing kids totally engrossed with their work when using handheld technologies with which they are most familiar. Some amazing things done in the classrooms of teachers in our projects, particularly in the area of low-achieving students, new refugee arrivals with no English and disengaged boys. Interesting outcomes with kids generally in favour of the handheld devices, over computers. Many of them loved choosing the apps to work with, after putting forward a case for their impact on learning.
Read the iPod Touch research report.
Also a global iPod Touch Project report on schools in Australia, Singapore and US:
Cecilie, would love to share the work that I am doing with training teachers in using iPod touches.. (more focus on teachers, rather than students)...
Email me at so I can pass on the links..
Just read your research report. Thank you so much for sharing. We've deployed schoolwide 1to1 finally at Culbreth! Many challenges with our blended personally-owned/school-owned but it is happening, challenges and all. Did want to share that we've partnered with UNC Chapel Hill for a three year research study. We'll keep you posted.
Susan - do you use certificates for your students to access services on their iPods, or just an individual login process?
Not sure what you're asking here...
to get onto our network with their personally owned units?
It that's the question we use a guest password access.
Let me know if that answered your question Deon...or if that was in fact the question.
Yes, that answers it. Some schools install certificates on machines before they can be used on the school's network. This provides all the required security. It means that the device is able to access the network, rather than the user being in charge of a password that could be compromised.

We will be moving to individual logins this year, rather than a general one.
Amazing dialogue! I love hearing how everyone is using the iPod Touches in the classroom. Thank you ALL for sharing :-)
The second link goes to the Delphian website, but the link to the report is dead.

Further information can be found here:
I will be watching this discussion, as our school has just received a grant for implementation of emerging technologies, one of which, I believe, will be the iPod Touch. Since I (a retired teacher) will be providing the training, I am interested in the experience of K-12 teachers using them in the classroom
Read the following post, Carolyn, for some help with implementation.

Also, Megan Iemma has done some great work in Australia with assisting schools to set-up iTouch programs, as well as teacher training. This is her website.
Hey everyone - have a good look at this:

Slide to Learn - Beginners Guide to the iPhone, iPod touch and iSlate in Education

It is still in development, but there are some useful hints/tips for the implementation of iTouches in education.

Stay posted as it moves to completion.

I also love Jonathan Nalder's title - Slide to Learn! It is a name we have adopted for a mobile event we are having in Australia in July this year, as well.
If you have a classroom set of iPod Touch's or thinking about getting one, there is a great list of Do's and Don'ts by Tony Vincent at his web site Learning in Hand. This is a must read.



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