Letting go, and getting more with iPod Touch

So… everyday I find new uses for iPod Touch in the classroom.

This week, my Français langue 11 students had to brainstorm ideas and make a list of controversial topics. After about 5 minutes, I could see that we’d hit a brick wall as many groups had the same topics and seemed to be out of ideas…

I took out the tub of iPod Touch, plugged in the wireless router, and all of the sudden, the discussion started to get fueled up again. By the end of the 20 minute session, most groups had gone above and beyond the required number of topics, and most of the ideas were original. We put up the chart papers on the wall, and bam! All of the sudden, there were literally about 100 topics to choose from…

Did some kids use the iPod to check their email? Undoubtedly. Was that allowed? Nope. But in retrospect, the good by far outweighed the bad… And how bad is that anyway?

The thing is, empowering students means loosing some of the control teachers are used to having… I was sure impressed with the results, as were the students…

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One thought on “Letting go, and getting more with iPod Touch

  1. Vman says:

    Very exciting to see technology being used to enhance the classroom experience… in a real, practical, & useful way!!!

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