Assignment 1: 10 articles that incorporate the use of iPods in classrooms
This website is great for people just learning about iPods in the classroom. It gives basics on what a podcast is and how to create one in the classroom. There are also links to other websites of schools that use iPods in the classroom.
This website really appealed to me because it has great suggestions for using iPods in Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms. This teacher suggests ways to use iPods for music by downloading your music onto your iPod, rather than having multiple CD’s. She also suggests using your iPod as a listening center by either downloading books off the Internet or recording your own voice using Audacity. Finally, she suggests creating podcasts for teachers and staff and having students create their own podcasts.
A teacher in Florida created individual testing experiences for her students using iPods. She wanted to figure out a way to make testing easier for her special education students. She created tests in which students could read and listen to the questions.
“How can I use iPods in my classroom?” is the question that this website answers. People simply responded to the question about how they use iPods in their own classrooms. Answers include using them for music, photos, podcasts, video, and transferring notes.
A teacher from Cave Creek, Arizona created this website after a day of training with iPods. From this website, you are able to download several lesson plans that teachers created for elementary and secondary level students. These lessons incorporate various ways to use iPods in the classroom.
On this website, various teachers from around the country post ways in which they use iPods in their classrooms. Some ideas include creating music playlists for various classroom subjects, using your iPod for a listening center, listening to professional development in the form of a podcast. A teacher also suggests playing music from her iPod during transition times.
This video showcases a school, Louisa Muscatine Elementary, and how their special education department uses iPods for their students. They are able to use the iPod to make modifications for their students with special needs during tests. Students are able to listen to their tests and read the questions simultaneously, they are also able to pause and advance the test and their own pace. Allowing students to take tests this way allows teachers to have more one-on-one time with their students if needed.
This article describes various ways in which iPods are being used in classrooms. From music, to studying a foreign language, to recording lessons, iPods are a positive enhancement to most classrooms. This article discusses some cons of iPods including abuse of iPods in the classroom by students using them to cheat. It gives a great overview of how iPods are impacting today’s classrooms.
This website also discusses various ways to use iPods in the classroom for math and language arts. It also discusses how students can play educational games during inside recess or down time as well.
Karen Thompson, a Springfield, IL teacher, created this very useful website. She has it divided into three sections, “student consumed,” “student created,” and “teacher tools.” The “student consumed” section has links to current event podcasts and learning a new language, among others. The “student created” section provides links to podcasts students have created in various subject areas. Finally, the “teacher tools” portion has great resources for teachers to use including basic iPod information, podcast suggestions, and links to other great resources.

Assignment 2: 5 "AHA Moments"
I liked the idea on this website that Krystal chose about the phonics lesson. Our grade level was given a phonemic awareness grant two years ago and we are always looking of new activities to do with the students. This would be a great, interactive activity to do with the students. I like how it is teacher created, but students also participate in the lesson, rather than just listen to it.

Wow! This school is amazing! The things this school is doing gets me motivated to push for more in my district. I know that we are learning that our students are digital natives, but Robert E. Willis Elementary is really showing that this is true. The things that these students do are amazing and I cannot wait to try some more things with my students. Great article, Kristina!

This article that Sara found is really a great resource for using iPods in the classroom. The sections on podcasts and classroom help are great resources for teachers and students.

I really like this website that Jason found. It is very user-friendly and it has a lot of great books for kids of all ages. I like how you can pick from different age levels, grade levels, and categories. This will be great for me to use in my kindergarten classroom.

This article that Mark found will be helpful to me when I create my podcast. Although it is a lesson intended for 5th to 12th grade students, I can adapt it for myself. My kindergarten students will not be creating their own podcasts (I will be doing the computer “stuff”), but will participate in the podcast. It gives a good list of things to think about before creating your own podcast.

Assignment 3: Subscribe to a podcast
I subscribed to a Sesame Street podcast entitled, “Sesame Street: Insects with Jenny McCarthy.” I used this podcast in my classroom as part of my unit plan. I completed the “what I know” part of a KWHL chart and then I showed this podcast to my students. It really got them interested in insects and it was the first podcast that most of them saw, so they were very engaged.

Assignment 4: Unit Lesson Plan
Check out my lesson plan I created incorporating iPods into my classroom.

Assignment 5: Podcasts
Listen to a podcast created by my kindergarten students about what they have learned this year.

Listen to a podcast I created for a visualization activity to go along with the book Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg.