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6 Educators Talk About iPhone Use High Qual

6 Educators Talk About iPhone Use High Qual

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This paper describes how Australian teachers are using the iPhone and iPod Touch to A. assist them as Educators, and B. to enhance learning.
As such, it presents a vital survey of apps and ideas to be shared with other teachers also beginning to use this platform.
This paper describes how Australian teachers are using the iPhone and iPod Touch to A. assist them as Educators, and B. to enhance learning.
As such, it presents a vital survey of apps and ideas to be shared with other teachers also beginning to use this platform.

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Published by: Jonathan Nalder on May 19, 2009
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03/27/2014

 
Six Educators talk about iPhone/iPod Touch use in Queenslandeducation,
Feb-April 2009
-Compiled by Jonathan Nalder, over-enthusiastic mobile and ubiquitous learning educator,ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator), & blogger (http://uLearning.edublogs.org).-Contact me at jnxyz@mac.com, or on twitter as ‘jnxyz’ .In February 2009 I resolved to find out what the growing use of the iPhone and iPod Touchplatform meant for education in Queensland. To accomplish this, I sent out the followingmessage to members of my PLN (personal learning network):
Hi all,I'm wanting to put together a paper for the 2009 Apple University Consortiumconference and would like your help! The paper will basically be an audit of iPhone/iPod Touch use in P-12 and Higher education across Australia - and of course knowing of you as being a proponent of the platform,I'd like to ask that if you have the time, could you please respond to the following todescribe your use of the platform:---------------------------------------------------------------------
 
WHO: (Your name, title etc)WHERE: (Where you're based, school, admin etc)WHAT: (fill out all if relevant)
 
 A. Educator-focused - how (what apps in what ways) etc are you using the platform toenhance your role in provding educationB. Student-focused - how (what apps in what ways) etc are you using the platform toenhance student learning 
 
C. Are any of these uses utilising wireless connectivity - wifi, txting, internet, wirelesscollaboration etc.WHY: (any thoughts on the strengths/ weaknesses of the platform - why you  personally use it)----------------------------------------------------------------------Ok, thanks a million. The compiled results will be made available to all - should makefor some great reading! 
 
Unfortunately, the conference itself was unable to go ahead, but the responses I receivedstill needed to be shared, especially at a time when the platform is continuing to beadopted in schools across Australia. So I present them unedited here for theencouragement of anyone looking to harness the growing ubiquity of mobile devices intheir classroom.(If you’d like to contact any of the Educators below, please use the contact details aboveand I’ll be happy to pass your request on.)
1. WHO: Shane Roberts, Head of Department (HPE)WHERE:
Palm Beach-Currumbin SHS
WHAT:
 
A
. Educator-focused - calendar (synced with google calendar), iTunes for relevantpodcasts and iTunesU downloads, Evernote, Ultimate ToDos, Twittelator, WordLite,Discover - for transfer of files
B
. Student-focused - graphcalc and TouchCalc as replacements for the defaultcalculator, calendar (synced with google calendar) - students retrieve lesson informationnotes - students leave me reminders (set me homework!)translator. Wikiamo to searchwikipedia. iTunes - to listen / watch podcasts or iTunes U. Google Earth MultiConvert - for conversions. Nike + iPod - physical training.I have eReader installed but have not yet used it. Its in the plans, students could accessreports I've downloaded.
C
. Are any of these uses utilising wireless connectivity? WiFi - Twittelator, WordLite,Wikiamo, Google Earth, Discover, Collaboration - notes (sort of). They can add to and editthe one list. But no use on real wikis or collaborative sites yet (due to poor wireless at myschool).
WHY:
I initially began use with the iPod Touch as mainly a listening device. However subscription to email lists and online groups has shown me a variety of ways it can beused. For me, in my context, the only weakness I see is the poor wireless coverageacross my school. This limits the areas the iPod Touch can be used.For me, the most significant strength is its size, and subsequent portability. As a HPEteacher, portability is important when considering devices for integration. The device iseasily managed, and can be simply restored if mistakes are made by less knowledgeableusers.I am seeing the rise of iPhones possessed by students. By demonstrating productive useof the platform with the iPod Touch I can teach students to use the device they own in amore productive and effective manner.
 
2. WHO: Fiona Banjer WHERE
: Year 3 Teacher, Park Lake State School, South Coast District
WHAT
:
A
. Educator-focused - how (what apps in what ways) etc are you using the platform toenhance your role in providing education.Twittelator – communication via Twitter with my worldwide PLNInternet access to Webmail and online networks e.g. Nings, diigo etc. if computer notavailable but wifi is.Itunes – podcasts (professional and personal)
B
. Student-focused - how (what apps in what ways) etc are you using the platform toenhance student learning.I’m using my own ipod touch, so there is only one in the classroom. Two children at atime, one using a calculator the other entering the answers to try to beat their best timeson
Brain Tuner.
I have also adapted it to become a storage device using DiskAid and have sight words ona
PowerPoint 
slideshow. Also stores
MS Word 
documents.Will use http://forums.mactalk.com.au/53/65210-how-use-iphone-usb-mass-storage-file-viewer.html to enable children to use this at school when they start creating their slideshows.
C
. Are any of these uses utilising wireless connectivity?Twittelator – only at home or the Coffee Club at the Logan Hyperdome where you getwireless access with a cup of coffee!!Webmail if wifi access available.
WHY:
 I use it for novelty value. Simple for the children to pick up and use and they enjoy usingit. I initially wanted an ipod to share podcasts the children made but was sorelydisappointed when I finally purchased the ipod touch and it didn’t have the capacity tostore my documents. It took a while and much discussion amongst my Twitter colleaguesto find the answer!
3. WHO: Dawn Clark, Year 3/4 Teacher WHERE
: Cedar Creek State School, South Coast
WHAT
:
A
. Educator-focused - Calendar, Ted, Speedtype, Dictionaire, Writepad, iTalk, To Do,Cooliris, easywriter 
B
. Student-focused - Maths - Brain Challenge, Brain Tuner, iChoose (this is a greatprobability app that the kids love), Dice bag, BasicMathsLiteracy - Word warp, Dictionaire, Hangman, Voice4funOther - Beatbox free, Match, LineRider, Eye tricks, Traveller lite (find cities and countrieson a world map)

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