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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I recently write about the advantages of an ipod touch in the classroom, was well as a list of useful free apps for Language teachers and one for Math teachers. Maybe they will be of some use to someone.
Hi Jonathan

I just replied to your maths app post and called you Jim!

Sorry about that.

Great articles. Thanks for the link!
Thanks for that Dan ;0)
Haha... just read that post. Funny!
There are a few iPod Touch educators down here in Australia planning a mobile education event for educators in July of this year.

If you are interested, visit http://slidetolearn.ning.com

The event will have some options for online participation if you are unable to attend in person.

I will presenting a workshop on using iPod Touches for creative purpose. Susan Wells will also be presenting.

The major focus of the event is the iPod Touch.
I found an iPod in Education wiki that has many great ideas and tips for classroom implementation. Will be useful for newbies and veterans alike.

http://wiki.canby.k12.or.us/groups/ipodusergroup/

I especially found the 'Using iTunes as a Digital Portfolio' page interesting.

http://wiki.canby.k12.or.us/groups/ipodusergroup/wiki/29c74/Using_i...
I found an iPod User Group wiki for educators that includes many helpful ideas and tricks. I think newbies and veterans will find some great stuff at:

http://wiki.canby.k12.or.us/groups/ipodusergroup/

I especially found the 'Using Voice Memos for Reading Fluency' page interesting:

http://tinyurl.com/ipodreading
For all iPod touch users looking at CIPA compliance, we've found that Mobicip is giving us an excellent solution for filtering. For our full 1 to 1 environment we're working with their premium package which includes reporting.
DO you have to pay $4.99 per student? It seems quite costly, assuming that you already have an Internet filter. Or is this all you use?
We do have a school-wide filter of course but it does not filter mobile devices. We needed an additional solution, hence Mobicip. The basic package allows for you to simply purchase the app, loading it on to each computer and the using it as need be for however many devices you've synced with that computer. It then acts like a browser filtering out pre-chosen sites. We decided on the premium package with the reporting. With every student on we wanted to be able to know where they were and have conversations with students and staff as need be. We really don't believe in locking students out of everything, social networking etc. Instead we want to teach responsible use. Having this reporting is helping us understand how our students are using the devices.
Not sure if you already discussed this, sorry. Do you use something for imaging the itouches?
I use one computer for 30 Touches. You download your apps to iTunes, whatever movies you want gets added to iTunes, whatever podcasts get added. Then sync all 30 to iTunes.

In short your "image" is whatever you put into iTunes, then push to all the Touches.

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