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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Sandy is correct. One note though: on a PC you can only connect 1 or 2 Touches at a time due to USB driver problems. On a Mac you can connect up to 64 Touches simultaneously. That is why the Bredford carts and cases are Mac only. This is according to the Apple rep I talked to. I use a PC and can usually handle two Touches at a time while syncing (not always).
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Loved this thread, I recently was introduced to a very cool DIY platform that allowed individual teachers to create learning assets for the iPod Touch - it also delivered to other options so the content created did not go wasted. Best part, there is a FREE option and even the paid options were very affordable. Am still testing as it is in Beta. This group may be interested in viewing at www.mobl21.com.
James, I am trying Mobl21 right now on the pre-release beta. Prelim thoughts are that it seems like a very powerful tool - also allows students to create content and share.
Hey Jim, I have been asking my students to create content on Mobl21 and share it with the whole class. Its working well so far.
Janice, It's dragon dictation. I've been using it for a couple of weeks. It's not quite as good as google voice, but it's better than nothing if you speak slowly, carefully, say period for periods, and keep the vocabulary simple. I would love to know if others are more successful than me.
Just a couple of drawbacks to the app. It works in 30 second chunks of time leaving the student to have to stop, wait for it to translate, and then continue. I'd love to see it be able to work without a network connection too. But for the price you can't beat it.
The biggest problem with Dragon Dictation is that it doesn't work well with kids' voices.

I have tried very simple things with my three daughters, who are 7, 9 and 11, and it is hopelessly inaccurate - to the point of being unable to decipher a simple sentence like "Hi. My name is Jane and I'm seven".

It works with high accuracy for my voice, though.
Anyone know if there is an app where you could have an instant assessment tool like a question asked and have students quickly answer the question (multiple choice) that is similar to the instant response system for SMART boards?
Try eClicker Mark, it works well. There is a host (paid) and client (free) application to download from iTunes. You need wifi for it to work.

Louise
Mark, I made one called QuickieQ - www.quickieq.com. More versatile and more features than eClicker. Works well on the iPods, laptops, any web capable device. Cost is right - $21 annual for 35 responder limit.
Forgot to mention that you can set up a free trial account and give it a try.

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