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iPods in the Classroom

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Which one should you buy?


iPod Touch

- is the most versatile and can play music, watch video and view photos and play games

- basically a "phone-less" iphone but with the right apps you can use it to text message and make phone calls

- 8 GB ($230) - about 2,000 songs, 32 GB ($300) about 7,000 songs, 64 GB ($400) - about 14,000 songs

- has wi-fi access

- has rear and front-facing cameras that can take stills and 720HD video

- can video chat with other iPod touch, iPhone and Mac OS X users


The Classic

 -only model that still uses a hard drive

- can hold up to 160 gigabytes of data (which is about 40,000 songs)

- cost is about $250 US

- great for a large music collection

- plays video, but has a small screen (2.5 inches) compared to the iPod touch


iPod Shuffle

- uses flash memory

- is the smallest about 1" long square

- 2 GB is about $60 US (about 400 songs)

- no screen, so cannot be used for videos

- great for using while working out


iPod Nano

- same size as the Shuffle

- 8 GB (about 2,000 songs) is about $150 US or 16 GB ($180 US)

- has a built in FM tuner

- can view photos but no longer supports video playback



This next section deals with the iPod Touch. 

Do's and Dont's




and from dummies.com


What can I do with my iPod Touch? - Suggestions for apps




Main List (to be updated shortly)

K-8 Staff Demo

Demo to staff

Grade 7 and 8 French classes

Primary Apps

iPod Touch How-To's



French Class or for Language Arts - Oral Reading or even a quick audio Podcast


Using the iPod to create the recording

The current generation of iPod has a built in microphone.  However if you are using an earlier version, attach a thumbtac mic to your iPod.

On your iPod, record your voice using Voice Memos.  The recording is saved as an .m4a file. Rename the recording and then send it to your personal e-mail.

Open your e-mail and click on the attachment to open.  If your computer is set up properly, the file will automatically be added to your iTunes music library.  If not, save the file to your desktop.  Open your iTunes library and drag the file to the Music Library.

Sync the other iPods to your iTunes music library in order to be able to listen to the recording.

Using a computer to create your recording

Required are :a microphone, Audacity and the LAME MP3 encoder.  This software is free.
Instructions on how to install the LAME encoder are here.  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&item=lame-mp3

When you have created your recording in Audacity, go to File | Export as .mp3 and save to your desktop.  Open your iTunes library and drag the file to the Music Library.

Sync the other iPods to your iTunes music library in order to be able to listen to the recording.

Tips for Using Your iPod Touch


To conserve your battery power, remember to completely shut down your iPod be pressing and holding the button that is found on the top. Let go. A message will appear to "slide and power off".  Do so.

Information about what the various symbols mean -


In order to download apps from the App Store, you need to have a credit card on file with ITunes.  You can download and use the app on more than one computer if synced.  Be aware of the free apps that come with advertising.


Version 3 and 4 of the software allows you to have 11 pages with 16 apps on each page giving you a total of 176 apps.  Version 4 even allows you to create folders to better organize the types of apps on your iPod.


Here's a How-  on setting up "Find My iPod Touch".


To remove apps from your iPod, press down on an app icon.  The apps will all start to jiggle (oh my!).  You will see an X.  Press down on the app you wish to delete.  A message will come up and ask if this is the app you wish to remove.  Press Delete and then the Home button.  All the X's disappear.


To take a picture of something on your screen, hold down the top button and your home button at the same time.  You will hear a click and the image will appear in your Photos.


To send a picture or screen shot from my IPod, tap photos.  Select a photo and tap the email icon in the lower left hand corner.  Type in the email address and "Send".



To edit text in an app such as Notes, hold your finger on the word, a magnified circle will appear.  Move to the letter(s) you wish to modify and add/delete.


Spelling - sometimes a word will be suggested as you type.  If you wish to accept the word, press the space bar.


July 10, 2008

The App Store opened via an update to iTunes.


September 28, 2009

Apple today announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world. There are now more than 85,000 apps available.


January 24, 2011

Apple today announced that more than ten billion apps have been downloaded.  There are over 300,000 apps now.



So how do you find the apps that you want to download onto your iPod?



On a regular basis,  I go to the App Store on my iPod and check out the various categories.  For example, I'll start off by going to the Education category, check the top free apps and then check again by release date for all the latest stuff.

Or if you have an idea of what you are looking for, go directly to the search option.


Or try using PandoraBox, an app that lets you know what apps are free for a limited time.   


Or use Twitter - #edapp


Here are some apps that people have recommended.  Add your own to the list.



Sites to bookmark on your iPod

Google Books

Over over one million public domain titles free for download.

Available on many mobile devices including iPod touches at http://books.google.com/m




Manage Syncing Multiple iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads With iTunes

Here's how to manage just what music, apps and videos get synced to which device.

  1. Plug your device into iTunes via the USB dock cable.
  2. Look for Devices in the left sidebar and click on your particular one.
  3. On the top of the iTunes window, you will see various tabs.  Go through each and select the content that you wish to sync.   To see how much space you have left, look at the capacity gauge at the bottom of the window. 
  4. Sync the device.
  5. Repeat with all your devices.

You can change your selections any time your device is plugged in via the tabs as long as your device is not set to automatically sync.


More Resource Sites

iPads in the Classroom - from Kathy Schrock

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