iPODS assignment #1

1. http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/spotlight/spotlight_papke.html

This article/POD cast talks about the use of adapting tests for kids with special needs using iPODS. Each student usues an iPOD and can be a self regulated learner as they take the test at their own speed as they listen to it on the iPOD.

2. http://www.pre-kpages.com/ipods.html

In Mrs. Levin's Pre-K Pages she talks about how iPODS are used in her classroom and how the kids benefit from them. She mentions uses for music, listening centers (iTunes, activ software, and Photo Stories), and podcasting. She also includes many resources at the end of the letter.

3. http://lifehacker.com/software/ipod/teach-kids-valuable-lessons-with-free-sesame-street-ipod-videos-241870.php

Do your kids need to learn more about music,talking, listening? Is bullying an issue? What about getting ready for school? Do your kids like music? These 6 books from Life Hacker featuring Sesame Street characters will teach valuable lessons to your young students/children.

4. http://www.kitabe.com/index-pageid-57-articleId-8.htm

The article discusses the importance of students receiving reading instruction from both the audio and visual channels at the same time. Students can use iPODS to listen to and follow along with the teacher as they are reading. Also, the article discusses creating ways to help students independently work on more difficult materials. Students can see the big picture rather than always slowing themselves down with mechanics. Also discussed was not to use the iPODS all the time so as to continue teaching the reading techniques the students need.

5. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/18/AR2005101801670_2.html

The Washington Post issued this article about a teacher who implemented iPODS in the classroom because she wanted to work with her students on something that they are already excited about. iPODS were something they wanted to do all the time so she brought them into the school, programmed them for what she needed to teach, and because the students were so drawn to the technology, she explains that their will to learn was great. She explains the many ways she uses the iPODs in the classroom and all the positive ways to impact the students.

6. http://www.osra.org/2007/papers/brookshire.pdf

This article/study takes iPODs to the college level. Many universities from Duke, Purdue, UW-Madison, and many others did a study on the success of integrating iPODs into college courses. The iPODs were used to convey course content which reduced dependence on the computer labs and libraries. Although there were glitches with the study, the generation and distribution of content did become easier.

7. http://atmac.org/video-ipods-in-special-education/

In this particular article, the iPOD is used as assistive technology for children with disabilities. The author gives suggestions for different ways to use the iPOD in the classroom. Ideas are also given to use the iPOD to communicate with families and to help families learn more to assist their student at home by using the iPOD. For instance, the teacher can send home a video on the iPOD of the sign language of vocabulary that was learned for the day so the family knows what to work on.

8. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/230656/using_ipods_in_the_classroom_promotes.html?cat=4

University of Phoenix: Using iPods in the Classroom Promotes Interactive Learning and More Effective Studying talks about the passion for electronics and gadgets and the need for interactive studying. It makes many references to the need to look "cool" while studying using an iPOD. It talks about how using iPODs benefits student health and helps to provide school information. The article does cover some risks to using the gadgets. The author of the article spoke of his age often by mentioning how the iPOD replaces the tape recorder that "we" used long ago.

9. http://www.schoolcio.com/ShowArticle/1014

iPODS in the Classroom By: Suzie Meserve
This is a question and answer article which covers educational possibilities and innovative ways teachers use iPODs.

10. http://www.langwitches.org/projects/iPod/index.htm

This is an informational webpage about using iPODs to teach foreign languages. It discusses the uses in classrooms, tools, what you need, and gives links to ideas, projects, and podcasts.

Assignment #3

The Children's Corner (How the Rhinocceros Got His skin, How the Leopard Got His Spots)
I found this podcast from The children's Corner which features "the place for good stories" . Folk stories and fairy tales are presented with music and sound effects to keep the listener interested. The voice of the reader is quite easy to listen to. I am using this podcast for the students in my social skills and reading classes. In social skills, students are listening to the podcasts and then discussing ways the characters could problem solve throughout the story. In reading, students are using the podcasts for independent work time as listening centers and then writing a response. They are working on self regulating their own learning with the ability to repeat if they need to hear a part of the story again.

My students are beginning to ask to listen to the stories on the iPOD. It is amazing how much the kids are comprehending because they are excited to use it. The students I am working with are reading at 2 grade levels below their age-equivalent peers. It is difficult for them to be excited about reading because often they become frustrated with the difficulty of the skills. Listening to the stories I have downloaded, helps them with their listening and comprehension skills. When students ask for something that involves reading, I am not going to deny them!

Assignment #4

Assignment #5

The native American Alphabet - Podcast by 4/5 split inclusion class

Weekly Spelling - -ine words