Last year our school got 30 ipod touches and 6 ipads to use in 30 different classrooms (k-5). We decided the best way to get the most use out of them and not to overwhelm the teachers was to give 5 ipods and 1ipad to each teacher one day a week to use in their classroom. This way teachers could use them in small groups and they would all be used every day. If teachers were on a field trip or weren't going to use them then some teachers could have 10 for the day.
Teachers in our school were allowed to suggest apps to purchase. One of the biggest challenges for me is that I don't have an ipad or ipod touch of my own. I didn't know what apps to recommend to purchase because I had no way to try them out. I hated to have the school purchase an app that would not be used and a waste of money. I started finding mostly free apps that other teachers were using. I learned a lot from teachers on Twitter about different ways they were using ipods/ipads in their classrooms. I started bookmarking sites that helped with ipads. I learned a great deal from @TechieAng. Her blog was a big help to me http://techieang.edublogs.org/ as she would blog about what she was doing with them in her classroom. I also learned from @Grade1's tweets and guidance. She is a wonderful at integrating technology into her classroom. I started suggesting apps to download and experimented with different projects in my own classroom.
How do you promote learning to other teachers at your school?Last year I also blogged throughout the year to help promote the apps and ideas to other teachers at my school. I used kidblog and since every year I usually start over with a new kidblog of students I am going to erase my posts so I transferred them to this new blog I started and will continue to add to it throughout the next school year.
What can you do to learn more about using ipods and ipads in your classroom?
I will continue to learn from my PLN. I am also hoping to get an ipad of my own soon so I can learn even more on my own. I can't wait to go digital with all my record keeping of my students next year. I hope you can learn from some of my other posts some ways to use ipods or ipads in your own classroom.