During lunch today, a few of us were bouncing around some stories about how teachers were using devices like PDA’s and MP3 players in the classroom. I realized that while I’ve heard several stories and have a bit of knowledge on the subject, I really haven’t talked to too many teachers that are actually using iPods in the school setting.
I know that several schools, particularly higher education schools, have provided their students with iPods. Some are recording lectures and making them available via podcast, and others are using them to provide students with all the forms and documents they might need in one easy place. Other schools are having students use their iPods to transfer documents from location to location and as a means for keeping important data on them as they attend classes.
Additionally, I’ve heard about some schools that are using iPods to support their foreign language programs. Students are able to take home their lessons and hear them read aloud by their teacher. Some are even so sophisticated as to use the iTalk accessory to allow students to record their homework aloud and turn it in as an MP3 file.
Apple has a ton of these ideas on their web site, but I’d be really curious to know who’s actually doing this stuff? Do any of you with portable multimedia devices (yes, there are some that aren’t made by Apple!) use it for school? If so, what are you using it for ?
I’ve seen some great ideas for using this stuff on the internet, but I haven’t heard too many stories from people actually doing it. Got a story? Please share it!