Recent Group Activity
Oregon City School District is investigating the possibility of using handheld computers as
MacBooks for 6grade students in two of our elementary schools and we would like to use that
model to pilot iPod touches two other elementary schools.
The iPod touch is an excellent instructional tool for our pilot because it builds on our existing
knowledge of using standard iPods in the classroom for literacy skills. We have been sending
iPod shuffles home with students for almost two years now and have seen many improvements
in student engagement and performance. The iPod touch can pick up where the iPod shuffle left
off by allowing for more than just audio books. We expect to be able to use the following in the
classroom and at home:
1.Video instruction (reinforcement of existing audio books by using pictures or movies and
teacher instructions becomes a 24/7 supplement)
2.A dictionary at every student’s fingertips
3.Internet searching and browsing
4.Multimedia games and skill building in multiple content areas
The applications supporting education on iTunes are already 21 pages long and growing quickly.
These applications are inexpensive (many are $0.99 to $2.00 each) and a single purchase can be
used on up to five teacher computers. This means that up to five classroom sets of iPod touches
could run the software from a single purchase, making maintenance very affordable. Teachers
would try out new applications and pick the best ones, giving the teachers their own learning
The Three Rivers School District has constructed a diverse team of teachers from the Elementary, Middle and High School level. This team of teachers is designated the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC has a twofold purpose:
The Thurston HS vodcast project involves the restructuring of how we teach chemistry. Currently we lecture during class and students complete problems outside of class. The idea behind the project is to produce lecture vodcasts that students will view outside of class time. The in-class time that is freed up will then be utilized for problem solving where students will have access to other students and their instructor when they're not sure what to do. IPod touch's are being purchased through grant funds for students who don't have a video capable iPod or high speed internet connection. Our goal is to produce 30 vodcasts between two instructors, 10 each on a solo basis and 10 lectures done together.
Three La Pine Schools (elementary, middle, and high) are aquiring new classroom response hardware and the providing the necessary training to a core of staff members.
The grant project provides for one classroom set of RF clickers for each school. These are numbered in sets of 1-32, 33-64, and 65-96, so that if the need arises the three sets can be combined into one large response system.
We have allocated a portion of the grant money and matched it from school funds to release teachers for two half-days of training. These are spaced far enough from each other that teachers in the training group have time to share the clicker sets and use them between the initial training and the follow up. Part of the follow-up training day involves expanding the training group as the core group travels into classrooms and introduces the equipment to teacher and students and supports an in-class activity right out of the box.
The iTouch intervention program is designed to help middle school students improve their reading comprehension by providing reading strategy instruction using an iTouch. A portable iTouch, although commonly used by middle school students for games, music and video, is a natural choice for implementation as a learning device. The current generation of the iTouch allows students to view text as well as hear the audio portion of the text. Teachers can modify the text and audio to include reading comprehension strategy instruction.
This grant will allow a team of middle school teachers to create reading comprehension materials that students can listen to in order to learn and practice meta-cognitive strategies. Once lessons are developed, teachers will be provided with release time to choose and create specific text to support the strategies. This text, both auditory and print, will be transferred to student iPods. Students who need additional practice and instruction in these skills, will have the opportunity to access this instruction either during class time, or outside of class. The grant also provides for a set of iTouches and necessary accessories.
We're looking forward to working together to design new ways to incorporate this mobile technology with our students!