If you come across any ideas or applications about the iPhone being used for learning please add a comment on this post and your link will be posted in next weeks compendium.

Introducing Google Earth for iPhone

Introducing Google Earth for iPhone

With just a swipe of your finger you can fly from Peoria to Paris to Papua New Guinea, or anywhere in between. It may be small, but it brings all the power of Google Earth to the palm of your hand, including all of the same global imagery and 3D terrain. You can even browse any of our 8 million Panoramio photos or read Wikipedia articles.

With Google Earth for iPhone, you can:
• Tilt your iPhone to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain
• View the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world
• View geo-located Wikipedia articles
• Use the ‘Location’ feature to fly to your current location
• Search for cities, places and business around the globe with Google Local Search

It’s available today in 18 languages and 22 countries in the iTunes App Store. To learn more, check out this video tour and read the blog post on the Lat Long Blog.

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VoiceNotes vs. iDicto vs. Recorder vs. Record

VoiceNotes vs. iDicto vs. Recorder vs. Record

If you’re looking to spend $.99 on something that suits most needs, get Recorder. It syncs most gracefully, and provides quick recording. If you need smart organization, and want something that looks nice, get Record. iDicto is probably useful for categorization, but it felt clunky and was missing features like visual feedback on levels while recording. Still, the possibility of CD-quality recording is a plus. VoiceNotes is free, but sync was slightly clunky to set up and wasn’t as nicely designed as the others. Check out the gallery to see the differences between the apps in action.

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iPod Touch in the Classroom

iPod Touch in the Classroom

Each student will also have a personal wiki where they can post their assignments, and other stuff that interests them. There will also be a class wiki, much like what I have now, only hopefully better, where they can get assignments, complete assignments, and take polls/surveys, and tests. Hopefully, we will also be able to integrate Moodle and hopefully we can access that easily on the iPod Touch.

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An iPod Touch in Every Classroom?: Yes, with Education Focused Apps « Wired Educator

An iPod Touch in Every Classroom?: Yes, with Education Focused Apps « Wired Educator

Students can study flashcards, create their own, or review with interactive quizzes. Some of the science apps and foreign language apps are just amazing by allowing users to have a pocket palanetarium, view three-dimensional models of hydrogen atoms, or record and play back foreign language practice.

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iPod Touch In the Classroom - Ed Tech Review

iPod Touch In the Classroom - Ed Tech Review

The iPod touch takes it beyond the basic viewing and listening of media to add applications. From using Internet resources, to communication applications it puts a vast amount of resources in the hands of teachers and students.

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What to do with the school-owned iPod touch?

What to do with the school-owned iPod touch?

I was considering buying 10 for a classroom where the teacher already has laptops for each student and does an already excellent job using a variety of technologies… to teach Spanish. I ultimately decided against it until the iPhone software 2.0 debuts later this summer. For us, it provided playback of podcasts/audio/video, and the obvious web experience. But since we already have iPods, and we can’t reasonably monitor what they pull up on the touches, we decided to wait it out. I hope you share what becomes of yours.

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New iPod Touch Now ‘Perfected’ for Classroom Use.

New iPod Touch Now ‘Perfected’ for Classroom Use.

The headphone jack will accept a four rung headset with microphone. Video Podcasts will now be even better on a larger screen. Second, the Educational Apps for the iPod Touch are growing at an incredible rate. There are currently over 160 Educational Apps at the iTunes Store, and the list is growing every day. One great app titled Flashcard allows any teacher to create a study tool for the iPod Touch. Third, the iPod Touch’s overall concept of durability, battery reliability, ease of use, and cost ($229) make it a great fit for the classroom. Anyone can pick it up and start using it. It is affordable enough for any classroom. It has built in security features for both theft and volume, and it is a hard one to damage. The “touch” concept makes students addicted to learning. (Teachers control the content on the device.) Last, and by no means least, it has the internet. Students can access the sites you announce instantly via WiFi.

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iPod touch for Classroom use | iPhone Footprint

iPod touch for Classroom use | iPhone Footprint

On the success side, South Iredell High School in Statesville has used iPod touch for classroom purposes for two years and has further plans to expands it’s iPod pilot plan. Tim Ivey, learning community director of the school shares this view:

It gives kids a chance to use things they already use in real life and make that connection in school.

Whatever is the outcome, it is interesting to observe that the iPod touch and the iPhone as revolutionary devices have done wonders for enterprise users, business community and now students. With all these happening we are heading for out of stock situation for iPod touches and iPhones very soon.

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TannerVision: iPod touch as a student computer

TannerVision: iPod touch as a student computer

# Google Apps have an “iPhone optimized” version, allowing users to open, edit, share, and save Word and Excel documents. This would be great for schools- no Microsoft licensing fees, no Sharepoint server, nada.
# Battery life is good, lasting 4-6 hours depending on usage. Again, great for schools where power outlets are not always available.
# Keyboard. I’m not a “thumb typer” like today’s middle school students, but I’m getting a lot faster than when I started. It’s a whole lot faster than texting on a phone, and the adaptive keyboard reduces errors by anticipating what your next keystroke will be.
# The high-resolution screen is amazing. It makes reading text on the screen possible. Not pleasant, but possible. This somewhat offsets the negative of having a small screen.

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Kathy Schrock’s Kaffeeklatsch: iPod touch for students

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: iPod touch for students

The bottom line is, to allow syncing of an iPod to multiple computers, the account at school has to be set to “manually manage content” and items can simply be dragged over to the attached iPod. I know there are hardware options available, too, for multi-syncing and charging, but these iPods will be going home and can be charged there.

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iPod Touch In the Classroom

iPod Touch In the Classroom

The iPod touch takes it beyond the basic viewing and listening of media to add applications. From using Internet resources, to communication applications it puts a vast amount of resources in the hands of teachers and students.

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Apollos.ws - Blog - iPhone and Education

Apollos.ws - Blog - iPhone and Education

With a few clicks you could be reading an article (PDF is supported on the iPhone), listening to a lecture, or better yet you could use the beautiful, widescreen display to watch a lecture. Then you could use the touch screen keyboard to communicate with the Apollos community. Individuals will be able to learn in mobile environments like never before. You may be saying, “Wait, couldn’t we already do this?” The short answer is “No”. Although primitive browsing and communication was possible before, this represents a large step forward in usability (and ability).

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2 Comments to “This week’s iPhone in Education links”  

  1. 1 Amy

    iPod Touch in French Class
    I was approved for a grant this past fall to cover a Bretford cart and 20 iPod touches- my students are so excited to use these and they ask to check one out to use in class every chance they get. So far, we have listened to podcasts and travel videos in addition to using GoogleEarth, iGrammar, and similar apps.
    Microphones are on their way, and I am hoping to have them record their own podcasts very soon! It’s difficult to find resources that go exactly with our textbook, but there are so many great applications available, and I know the students are looking forward to creating their own content.
    I highly recommend this tool for language learning!

  2. 2 Maureen Lindell

    Hello,

    Our iPod touch initiative was recently profiled in our school newspaper. We are using them to take notes, to work with our Moodle site, research and do creative writing! Looking forward to utilizing some new apps!!

    http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091013/NEWS02/910130328&s=d&page=2#pluckcomments

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