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Links to Lesson Plans using "iThings"

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A collection of links to a variety of resources for using iPods (touch, click wheel, Nano, Shuffle) and iPads in the classroom. I've included a brief description of what you will find in the resource to guide you.


Many of these links are to wikis and other regularly updated content, so it can pay to revisit them from time to time.


Cathleen Richardson's website: iPod Touch in Education

Cathleen's website includes links to nicely organized resource info about iTunes U (where you can find some lesson plan ideas), peripheral devices for iPods, developing apps, and some of her favorite apps. Cathleen is an educational technology guru and a pioneer educational technology specialist for over 13 years. She has earned the famed Apple Distinguished Educator Award for her leadership.


Mr. Limberg's Wiki

Bob Limberg is a high school math and computer science teacher at Marinette High School. His wiki includes links to some lesson plans as well as ideas and articles about using iThings with your students.


Pre-K Technology: iPods in the Classroom

Some practical ideas on how to use the devices to help you and your students.


iPod Games for Learning: This wiki is designed as a collaborative space for educators who are using the iPod Touch in the classroom.  It specifically focuses on the use of game-based learning through the iPod Touch.  Here, you'll find lessons and lesson ideas, information on specific iPod Touch games, and logistical considerations for classroom implementation.  We'll share our experiences and ideas and hope you will do the same.  Our current plans include the use of SIMS 3 and Civilization Revolution with middle grades students.


Thanks for this wiki go to Craig Lawson, a middle grades language arts teacher from Pender County Schools in eastern North Carolina. His blog is available at Lawson In The Middle.  He can be found on Twitter as midLawsondle. Also thanks to Lucas Gillispie, who taught high school science for ten years and now works as a district-level instructional technology coordinator for Pender County Schools in Southeastern North Carolina. He is the author of the blogs Edurealms.com and PCS-Tech.net and can be found on Twitter as PCSTech.


IPod Touch Classroom Ning: This network allows teachers around the globe to communicate and collaborate regarding the use of iPod Touches in the classroom. It includes a host of questions, answers and resources to guide you as you go. Free to join!

Here are a couple examples I found (more posts will be added, I'm sure)


Britt Gow, an educator from Australia shared on the iPodTouchClassroomNing: "I'm planning to use 8Planets and other apps for a unit on our solar system with my Year 6/7 Science class. I posted the idea on my blog and am working on an assessment rubric at present. Here is the draft of the student task sheet: Solar System and beyond.doc


TS Charleston, teacher from Singapore. Recently we conducted a lesson using the iPOD Touch's mindmap app. The pupils visited outdoor park, Jacob Balla's Gardent designed specially for children to learn about plants. They created mindmaps on the parts of a plant at the site.



The Apple Learning Interchange closed on September 3, 2010. Apple invites you to visit iTunes U and the following resources to continue learning and collaborating with other educators. [editorial comment: Dumb move, Apple! This is NOT as K-12 friendly as your Learning Interchange was!]


Apple's message for you anytime you click on the ALI link:

iTunes U

"Over 800 universities have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions — including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley — distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store. In addition, cultural and education institutions, such as the Library of Congress, public broadcasting organizations, and state departments of education, also contribute to this growing educational content repository that includes over 350,000 free lectures, audiobooks, lesson plans, and more. iTunes U is the ideal resource for educators who want to gain insight into curriculum being taught worldwide, get access to primary resources, and find inspiration for enhancing teaching and learning with technology."


Wolfram Alpha (available online, but also as an iThing app) has a collection of lesson plans from educators who use Wolfram|Alpha in the classroom. You can also submit your own lesson plans to be included on the site.









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