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Individualized Instruction and Learning Using the iPod Touch


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Comal ISD in New Braunfels, TX, has implemented a 1:1 learning program using the Apple iPod Touch for its English language learners. Middle school students who participate in the program are each …

Comal ISD in New Braunfels, TX, has implemented a 1:1 learning program using the Apple iPod Touch for its English language learners. Middle school students who participate in the program are each given an iPod Touch that contains apps, music, documents, presentations and instructional videos that allow the students to learn on their own time outside of school hours. Participants in this session will get an inside view of the program, how the program evolved from concept to reality, cover acceptable use policy, security and deployment management, and anecdotal evidence of the benefits derived by students participating in the program.

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    • 1. Individualized Instruction and Learning Using The iPod Touch
      A Joint Presentation By
      Jennifer Wivagg
      Suren Ramasubbu
    • 2. Located between Austin and San Antonio
      600 Square Miles
      16,000 students PreK-12
    • 3. ELL Student Trends at CISD
      Consistently score lower on standardized tests.
      Often have few learning resources at home.
      Limited exposure to English outside of school
    • 4. ELL Program Goals
      Increase English language acquisition and fluency
      Provide students with anywhere/anytime learning
      Improve standardized test scores
    • 5. Proposed Solution
      Provide all ELL middle school students with a mobile device with the following access:
      Audio Textbook in English
      English Music and Videos
      Internet Access
      Voice Recording Capability
      Learning Tools such as translators, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.
      Educational Games
      Students will be able to take home the mobile device.
    • 6. 32GB
      Third Generation
      iPod Touch
    • 7. Implementation
      Parent Meeting (Required)
      Outline program guidelines
      Permission slip
      Student Responsibility
      Overview of the device
      Teacher Training
      In-class with students
    • 8. Deployment
      Classroom Equipment
      CIPA Filter
      Configuration & Deployment
      Device Management & Syncing
    • 9. Network
      Secure or Unsecured
      School, Home, Library
      Connects Anytime, Anywhere
    • 10. Classroom Equipment
      iPod Touch Cases
      Touch Screen Protectors
      Classroom Computer For Syncing
      Apple iPod Learning Lab
      Bretford Cart
      Connects 20 iPods to Computer
    • 11. Configuration
      iPhone Configuration Utility
      Create Configuration Profile
      Device Passcode
      Restrictions Passcode
      Disable Safari & YouTube
      Set Age Restrictions for App Store, Podcasts, TV and Videos
      Block Explicit Content from iTunes
    • 12. Deployment
      iPhone Configuration Utility
      Setup Configuration Profile
      Download Apps, Podcasts, Videos to Library
      Sync Device Cart with Classroom Computer
    • 13. Device Management
      Hook up iPods to Cart Daily
      Charge the Device
      Sync Apps, Videos, and Content from iTunes Library
      Enforce Policy Changes Through Configuration Utility
    • 14. CIPA-Compliance
      Web Monitor
      Safe Browser
    • 15. CIPA-Compliance
    • CIPA-Compliance
      • Account Configuration
      • 25. Apply Global Filtering Level – Elem, Middle, High School
      • 26. Allow/Block Categories
      • 27. Allow/Block Websites
      • 28. Add/remove Devices
      • 29. Manage Users
      • 30. Internet Activity Reports
      • 31. Allowed Websites
      • 32. Blocked Websites
      • 33. Receive Email Reports
    • Fully Managed 1:1 Learning Platform
      • Network
      • 34. Classroom Equipment
      • 35. CIPA Filter
      • 36. Configuration & Deployment
      • 37. Device Management & Syncing
    • Affordances
      Differentiated/Individualized instruction (essential for ELL students)
      Anywhere/anytime access to resources and learning
      Formal and Informal Learning
      Situated meaning
      “Videos are helpful when a teacher explains a lesson and maybe I don’t get it, the iPod can show a video clip on how it’s done.”
      -Emily, Grade 6
    • 38. Activities and Outcomes
      Voice Recordings
      Students use Voice Memos and read or respond to prompts.
      Helps improve fluency and comprehension
      Provides instant feedback
      Helps teachers with progress monitoring
    • 39. Activities and Outcomes
      Instant access to information
      Multiple modalities (text, images, sounds)
      Research/Reference Tools
      Internet through Mobicip
    • 40. Activities and Outcomes
      Textbooks and novels are available to students in an audio format.
      ELL students can listen as they read.
      Helps with English pronunciation and comprehension.
      Provides textbook support at home.
    • 41. Activities and Outcomes
      Educational and Games reinforce concepts
      Game apps used as rewards for meeting educational goals
      Individualized instruction
      “I like Word Warp because they give you letters and you discover words with the letters they give you.”
      -Karina, Grade 6
    • 42. Activities and Outcomes
      Teachers download videos that correspond to topics in their core classes.
      Provides student with additional instruction in a different format.
    • 43. Sample Activity-Comic Touch
      • The teacher assigns a list of vocabulary words to the students.
      • 44. The students first must find a picture on the Internet (Mobicip) that represents the vocabulary word in some way.
      • 45. The student then uses the application, Comic Touch, to create a comic panel that represents their assigned vocabulary words.
    • Application Task Cards
    • 46. Challenges
      Loss/theft of devices
      Lack of curriculum integrating the iPod touch
      Lack of framework
      Few educational reviewed applications
      Training teachers
    • 47.
    • 48. References
      Comal ISD
      Apple Education