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 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. 1. Individualized Instruction and Learning Using The iPod Touch<br />A Joint Presentation By<br />Jennifer Wivagg<br />Suren Ramasubbu<br />
    2. 2. Located between Austin and San Antonio<br />600 Square Miles<br />16,000 students PreK-12<br />
    3. 3. ELL Student Trends at CISD<br />Consistently score lower on standardized tests.<br />Often have few learning resources at home.<br />Limited exposure to English outside of school<br />
    4. 4. ELL Program Goals<br />Increase English language acquisition and fluency<br />Provide students with anywhere/anytime learning<br />Improve standardized test scores<br />
    5. 5. Proposed Solution<br />Provide all ELL middle school students with a mobile device with the following access:<br />Audio Textbook in English<br />English Music and Videos<br />Internet Access<br />Voice Recording Capability <br />Learning Tools such as translators, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.<br />Educational Games<br />Students will be able to take home the mobile device.<br />
    6. 6. 32GB <br />Third Generation <br />iPod Touch<br />
    7. 7. Implementation<br />Parent Meeting (Required)<br />Outline program guidelines<br />Permission slip<br />Student Responsibility<br />Overview of the device<br />Teacher Training<br />Individual/Group<br />In-class with students<br />Ongoing<br />
    8. 8. Deployment<br />Network<br />Classroom Equipment<br />CIPA Filter<br />Configuration & Deployment<br />Device Management & Syncing<br />
    9. 9. Network<br />WiFi<br />Secure or Unsecured<br />School, Home, Library<br />Connects Anytime, Anywhere<br />
    10. 10. Classroom Equipment<br />iPod Touch Cases<br />Touch Screen Protectors<br />Classroom Computer For Syncing<br />Apple iPod Learning Lab<br />Bretford Cart<br />Connects 20 iPods to Computer<br />
    11. 11. Configuration<br />iPhone Configuration Utility<br />Create Configuration Profile<br />Device Passcode<br />Restrictions Passcode<br />Disable Safari & YouTube<br />Set Age Restrictions for App Store, Podcasts, TV and Videos<br />Block Explicit Content from iTunes<br />
    12. 12. Deployment<br />iPhone Configuration Utility<br />Setup Configuration Profile<br />iTunes<br />Download Apps, Podcasts, Videos to Library<br />Sync Device Cart with Classroom Computer<br />
    13. 13. Device Management<br />Hook up iPods to Cart Daily<br />Charge the Device<br />Sync Apps, Videos, and Content from iTunes Library<br />Enforce Policy Changes Through Configuration Utility<br />
    14. 14. CIPA-Compliance<br />Web Monitor <br /><br />Safe Browser <br />App<br />
    15. 15. CIPA-Compliance<br /><ul><li> Replacement for Safari Mobile
    16. 16. Same rich UI, look and feel
    17. 17. Bookmarks
    18. 18. Multiple Tabs
    19. 19. Pinch & Zoom
    20. 20. Landscape Mode
    21. 21. Send Email
    22. 22. URL History / Suggestions
    23. 23. Cookies
    24. 24. Save Images</li></li></ul><li>CIPA-Compliance<br /><ul><li>Account Configuration
    25. 25. Apply Global Filtering Level – Elem, Middle, High School
    26. 26. Allow/Block Categories
    27. 27. Allow/Block Websites
    28. 28. Add/remove Devices
    29. 29. Manage Users
    30. 30. Internet Activity Reports
    31. 31. Allowed Websites
    32. 32. Blocked Websites
    33. 33. Receive Email Reports</li></li></ul><li>Fully Managed 1:1 Learning Platform<br /><ul><li>Network
    34. 34. Classroom Equipment
    35. 35. CIPA Filter
    36. 36. Configuration & Deployment
    37. 37. Device Management & Syncing</li></li></ul><li>Affordances<br />Differentiated/Individualized instruction (essential for ELL students)<br />Anywhere/anytime access to resources and learning<br />Motivating<br />Formal and Informal Learning<br />Situated meaning<br />“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.” <br />-Emily, Grade 6<br />
    38. 38. Activities and Outcomes<br />Voice Recordings<br />Students use Voice Memos and read or respond to prompts.<br />Helps improve fluency and comprehension<br />Provides instant feedback<br />Helps teachers with progress monitoring<br />
    39. 39. Activities and Outcomes<br />Provides<br />Instant access to information<br />Student-centered<br />Multiple modalities (text, images, sounds)<br />Research/Reference Tools<br />Dictionary<br />Thesaurus<br />Internet through Mobicip<br />Glossaries<br />Maps<br />
    40. 40. Activities and Outcomes<br />Audiobooks<br />Textbooks and novels are available to students in an audio format.<br />ELL students can listen as they read.<br />Helps with English pronunciation and comprehension.<br />Provides textbook support at home.<br />
    41. 41. Activities and Outcomes<br />Apps<br />Educational and Games reinforce concepts<br />Game apps used as rewards for meeting educational goals<br />Individualized instruction<br />“I like Word Warp because they give you letters and you discover words with the letters they give you.” <br />-Karina, Grade 6<br />
    42. 42. Activities and Outcomes<br />Videos<br />Teachers download videos that correspond to topics in their core classes.<br />Provides student with additional instruction in a different format.<br />
    43. 43. Sample Activity-Comic Touch<br /><ul><li>The teacher assigns a list of vocabulary words to the students.
    44. 44. The students first must find a picture on the Internet (Mobicip) that represents the vocabulary word in some way.
    45. 45. The student then uses the application, Comic Touch, to create a comic panel that represents their assigned vocabulary words.</li></li></ul><li>Application Task Cards<br />
    46. 46. Challenges <br />Time <br />Management<br />Loss/theft of devices<br />Lack of curriculum integrating the iPod touch<br />Lack of framework<br />Few educational reviewed applications<br />Training teachers<br />
    47. 47.<br />
    48. 48. References<br />Mobicip<br /><br />Comal ISD<br /><br />Apple Education<br /><br />