Brooke Holt wrote a grant to get iPods for her Kindergarten class. The grant covered iPods, stories on cd, and some other software to convert PowerPoint to video (Wondershare) although Moviemaker or Photostory3 could do most jobs just as easily if not easier. It looks like they are using the iPods as a listening center like the lower tech cassette tape, although the video capabilities may take this to the next level. Students can move around the room which makes it easier to manage the classroom that having all students on the listening center attached to the same tape player.
iPods are used at two times of the day. During Literacy time the iPods are used strictly for reading. Audio books are the only things they can listen to at that time. During Mathematics, or free center time, they get to listen to podcasts, audio books, etc. Coverflow shows a picture of each book and the students can select their book by its picture instead of having to read the title. I believe that Coverflow is available only on third generation iPods. Student’s menu options are limited by the iPod settings, but one has gone in and changed settings like language once on accident. It was changed back easily.
Sources for books are downloadable audio books from online stores like audible, download books from CD and upload it to iTunes, or search the iTunes store. To place the cover art, you might need to do a Google search for an image of the book’s cover. There are also free downloadable video podcasts in iTunes. Discovery channel video, Sesame Street podcast, etc. Many of the podcasts are teasers so you may only get to download one or two of a particular show. Scholastic has a Weston Woods catalog, which has several Spanish titles. Class also created their own books using PowerPoint with the students voices and converted them to video for loading on the iPods.
There seems to be an improvement in reading based on recollection of reading levels from previous years compared to reading levels this year. There is definitely more enthusiasm for reading.
Here is the link to the News 8 Austin story on Brooke Holt’s use of the ipod in her Kindergarten classroom for literacy work stations. http://www.news8austin.com/shared/video/video_pop.asp?destlist=57179
Great demo of what she is doing in her classroom and student perspective.