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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Another one is ResponseWare from TurningPoint. This app is free. The fee for the online service piece is 30 licenses for 3 years at $10 per license.

What I like about ResponseWare:
Teacher uses the same TurningPoint software that he used for the clickers, and only has to select the online server when ready to administrate the quiz/warm-up. In the TurningPoint software, you can setup your rosters - choose the class getting the quiz, and collect the data.

Students login to the TurningPoint server with their names - no anonymous (but that can be an option). Students respond and instantly see the other students' responses, but they can also see which answer they gave compared to their classmates. That has proven to be very useful. At the end of the session, students can review the questions and answers in flashcard mode. The teacher gets the data from the server so that he can keep a record of it and generate reports on student progress.

A free trial can be arranged with the vendor.
If your iTouches have wireless Internet, you could just use PollEverywhere -- a free Web-based tool.
Something free that I have found works great is google docs. We create forms with the questions in them, and email them out to the students. It has a pretty good list of options for answer input as well. Teachers enjoy it because all the answers to a form come back in a single spreadsheet.
Wow, thanks so much everyone! Will take a look at all of them.
Susan,
Check out our product Mobl21. You can sign up for a free account and deliver learning to your class on their iPods. Let me know if you would like more information on how its being used currently in classes.
Ajay (Mobl21.com)
Announcing The Mobile Learning Conference to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in late winter 2011. The Mobile Learning Conference is a place where educators, and developers can meet and share how they use iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads in the classroom. Scheduled to run three days we will have a keynote, workshops, and panel discussions supporting primary, intermediate, and secondary classrooms. We will have sessions on how to implement a mobile learning program, sessions exploring the best apps and how to use them, how to use mobile technology in a hybrid environment, even sessions on how to create your own custom apps.

Please go to http://themobilelearningconference.ning.com/ and join our NING and we will keep you aware of plans as they develop. Let us know if you wish to participate as we will need lots of volunteers.
Is this conference archived anywhere?
The Mobile Learning Conference 2011 is coming up this April 6, 7, 8 in Phoenix, AZ.
Has anybody had good luck retrieving stolen units? We had one stolen and Apple's solution was to "buy another one". Any ideas would be appreciated.
If the student that stole the device was using it at school, could you track the Mac Address through the network logs? Perhaps even track it to a specific access point and time stamp? We had one stolen and that was the best I could come up with. Unfortunately the device was password protected rendering it fairly useless to the student without them finding a way to restore the device without using the original computer it was connected to.
Unfortunately, Scott, your last comment is incorrect.

An iPod touch can be restored to factory settings on any PC. All you need to do is turn it off, open iTunes on your PC and plug the dock connector into the PC. You then hold down the home button on the iPod and plug the dock connector into the iPod.

Voilà! One iPod in restore mode!

You could track the iPod on a network if you knew its MAC address. At least, as you say, you could find out if and when it was being used. This might result in finding it...

iPhones have the 'find my iphone' setting, which uses the built-in GPS and/or 3G network transmitter/receiver to give a rough location of the device. This turns it into something of a homing device, requiring a Mobile Me account. Good idea! I wonder if the iPad will allow this...
True. And that was the way that I was referring to. It was just that without our wireless profile being installed on the device, it would no longer be able to connect at school after a restore. Thus, making the idea of tracking the MAC address not possible for our situation.

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