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Lesson Plans (and other great ideas for using iOS devices

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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.


Many of these links are to wikis and other regularly updated content, so it can pay to revisit them from time to time. (Organized in date I found them order, with newest first)


Replace your textbook with a QR code text 

Harry G. Tuttle shares how to's in his Tech & Learning blogpost on Jan. 15, 2013. Best idea in the whole article--let your students help find the resources to include.


Personalized feedback using ScreenChomp and DropBox blogpost by Dan Spencer on March 29, 2012. 

"For those of you with an iPad, a Dropbox account, and the free Screenchomp whiteboard app, you can use the same idea to give personalized feedback of your student's work without having to cart home stacks of papers. Check out the video below for an explanation of how you can do this"


Interactive & Differentiated Learning Ideas

Blog post by WHIRL on March 9, 2012 explaining two 5th grade teachers' plans using apps. "

Neosho Rapids 5th grade teacher Jennifer Anderson was looking for a way to engage her students in learning and settled on student created mini-mysteries.  Her students were doing a study on Kansas symbols and decided to create an interactive code game for the rest of the school. Andersons’ students researched Kansas and included interesting findings in QR codes using the website http://goqr.me.


A large piece of paper with "Kansas Facts" was mounted to the outside of the classroom door. The QR codes were cut out and pasted on the paper along with the word/phrase that the code contained. A word bank was located on the bottom of the paper.  5th graders invited other classrooms to use the QR code application on their iPods to break the code. After the code was revealed, the students matched the Kansas keyword to its appropriate code.


Gennifer Birk, 5th grade teacher at Olpe elementary has been utilizing ideas from the book, Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, currently being reviewed by the TRC book study.  With State Assessments looming, she wanted to help prepare her students. She likes to use centers to help review information that has been covered. Sulla’s idea of presenting students with a "virtual how-to" (Chapter 6) really stood out to her as being a useful tool. She picked some of the topics that her students struggled with the most and created videos using the iPad app Explain Everything. ($2.99, iPad only)


The app allowed her to write and talk at the same time, so her students were able to see what to do while she was explaining it. After creating the video she pushed it to the students' Evernote (free) account on their iPods so that they could watch it when needed. This helped differentiate learning for those students who understood a specific topic could move on and those that needed the extra help could watch the mini-lesson to help with understanding. If they still needed additional help, they could schedule a small group session with the teacher.


Pinterest (a free "pin board"-app and online) user, Lisa Johnson, has a host of "pins" for lesson plans incorporating iPads.


iPad Scavenger Hunt  As a first day exercise, a teacher shares her modified scavenger hunt on the ipad to get familiar with their particular ipad and with ipad use in general. She includes a worksheet she used with the students. Here's a blog post about a library scavenger hunt using iPads. A 5th/6th grade class went on a geometric shapes scavenger hunt with their devices. You can also check out the "Scavenger Hunt with Friends" app (Lite or .99) where you can join an existing hunt or create your own.


Highly recommended! Pulaski, Wisconsin's Clay Reisler shares what works in his math and social studies classrooms. He includes apps and websites and his ideas could easily be adapted across the curriculum. Says Clay: "Plenty of websites list websites.  [Mine] is unique in that I explain exactly how I implemented the website into the educational world"  His iPad in the classroom implementation info is now being shared in his new blog called "iPad Addiction."Clay shares many videos showing how his students are using their devices on a daily basis. 


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 (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.


A series of lesson plan ideas (all PDF* files) from Lisa Johnson's iPad Lesson Plans Page (updated regularly!) Lisa is the Instructional Technology Specialist for Northeast I.S.D. in San Antonio, TX

pdf Ipad Lesson: (ELA) - Compare/Contrast (pdf file - 374kb)pdf Compare & Contrast Task Card (pdf file - 726kb)pdf Ipad Lesson: (ELA) - Violence Research (pdf file - 160kb)pdf Ipad Lesson: (ELA) - Virtual Tourism (pdf file - 2,103kb)pdf Ipad Lesson: (ELA/History) - MyCongress (pdf file - 706kb)pdf MyCongress Task Card (pdf file - 1,322kb)pdf Ipad Lesson: (ELA) - Poetry (pdf file - 397kb)pdf Ipad Lesson: (ELA) - Photo Friday (pdf file - 337kb)pdf Photo Friday Task Card (pdf file - 382kb)pdf Ipad Lesson: (ELA) - Graphic Novels (pdf file - 579kb)pdf iPad Lesson (ELA/Science): Diary of a Cell (pdf file - 1,146kb)pdf Exploratree (pdf file - 321kb)pdf Fodey & Tagxedo (pdf file - 506kb)pdf Todays Meet & Lino It (pdf file - 406kb)pdf Toondoo: Student Directions (pdf file - 402kb)pdf ToonDoo-Teacher (pdf file - 331kb)pdf Teaching Science with Picture Books (pdf file - 18kb)PhotoStory Packet (doc file - 1,281kb)Macbeth Anticipation Guide (doc file - 26kb)pdf Macbeth: Closer Look (pdf file - 1,448kb)

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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."


The newest version of iTunes U (Jan., 2012) is now An entire course in one app. The new, free iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials for your course in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information. There are currently several university courses available that you can start taking today!


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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