Wednesday, October 24, 2007

iPod as learning tool

I have used the iPod quite a bit this year. I have been experimenting a lot but not publishing much. However, I took the iPod with the microphone to our field trip the other day and published the resulting podcast on our blog. I used the field trip to reinforce a lesson on Lindamood-Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing program. It uses structure words to prompt students to better visualize what they are reading. We have another field trip coming up. This time I think I will borrow a few more and hand them to kids to record as they go through the Colorado History Museum.

My reading group has been experimenting with recording the upcoming story and then burning it for our listening center. We have had problems staying focused long enough to have a good recording, but will keep trying.

Another thought is to use my class blog to have students reflect on what we learned this week in each subject. The iPod would be a great way for my lower students to post their reflections verbally.

Any suggestions for other uses?

4 comments:

Sue Waters said...

Hi Jeff

Have you worked through Tony Vincent's information on Ipods for education - that would be my suggestion as a good place to start.

Sue

Jeff Lewis said...

Great website, thank you!

Joseph Miller said...

Jeff,

This is a great post. I have listened to your use of iPods to do visualizing and verbalizing. That was really neat. I hope to share with Sarah our LMB consultant. I love the idea of many students recording their reflections. I had teachers record their reflections last weekend at New Teacher Training. I plan to edit a podcast soon using the audio. The teachers were amazing and I got better feedback than I would have without this method.

I have also seen this blog post about iPods: http://nhokanson.wordpress.com/2007/09/25/ipod-basic-training/

Joe

judd said...

It will be interesting to see how technology affects education. Our company is closely related to this idea, we are a how-to video publishing platform called MindBites. Check us out if you ever get the chance.