There are a number of posts from individuals interested in using iPod Touches for teaching and Learning. At Culbreth Middle in Chapel Hill, NC we began a pilot this past August to place the iPod Touch in the hands of staff and students.

Our staff development for faculty to roll out the new technology centered on teacher coaches leading their groups in exploration through professional learning communities.

Our AVID students use the iPod Touch in the AVID classroom and in all other courses. They have piloted this program, using the iPod Touches daily for note taking, keeping individual agendas, translation for world languages, and accessing research through the Internet. In addition, our AVID students use many of the apps that teachers sync with these mobile devices. As student leaders, they’ve understood their responsibility to work and share this learning tool in collaborative groups.

This winter we were able to add iPod Touch labs for each of our seven interdisciplinary teams and two labs for our exploratory and resource teams. The interdisciplinary grade level iPod Touch labs are housed with each team and shared among the four content teachers (math, language arts, science, and social studies). These teachers plan together so that their students have access throughout each day. They access the internet as needed and use many apps as well.

Teacher current app favorites include: WordBook, Thesaurus, USA, Countries, Brain Tuner, Blanks, Whiteboard, CoinToss, Lose It!, Word Warp, FlipBook Lite. Of course they are using the included apps: Calendar, Calculator, Notes, Clock, YouTube throughout each day.

We held an iPod Touch Day last week with visitors from all over the state and from across the country. We even had a group from the UK come see our students and teachers in action with the iPod Touch. With almost 400 iPod Touches now in use at Culbreth, we’re happy to share what we’ve learned and what we’re learning.

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I am doing a pre/post survey comparing a class of 20 kids with a control group of 3rd graders so results at the end of the year. Will be a small sample size though.

I did find a great report with actual data on a study here though.

It doesn't seem to be loading in Google docs so do a google search for "ipod touch research report and department of education" and download the word document. Very detailed but I used some of the results in my initial proposal.
Mark would you, or do you know of anyone, who would be willing to present at a conference on the research available in this field? We are holding a conference on Mobile Learning in Phoenix and would love a session on the research. go to
Looks great. Didn't know about this conference. We have the week off for Spring Break so I might be able to swing it.
I don't know where you live, but Phoenix in the spring is really awesome - great place for spring break - come early and see Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest : ) etc.etc. : )
I see this trend rapidly changing the way we think about education. In fact, in a few years cheaper and smaller electronic devices will connect students and teachers in the classrooms with powerful applications like the one my partners and I have developed. A new community for teachers and students called StudyBuddyCampus. It is free and it represents our vision of the future for the use of technology in the classroom. Our goal is to revolutionize the delivery of education by combining an interactive game like experience with the latest educational content. We have several teachers and students testing our Beta site at, and we are constantly releasing new features. Given the topic of your discussion, I thought you might be interesting in taking a look, and if you have the time, we would love to receive feedback from people with your kind of experience.

Best Regards.
Might find the "collaborative touch lab" conceptual design of interest with your interactive whiteboard -

Touch Lab Post

Hey Rich,

Luidia / eBeam has a similiar application on their "business" software platform.

I have suggested to a company's developer to releease this on the education side.....

The whiteboard contents, audio and video, are transmitted to mobile devices.
You can lead a horse to water....



very nice

Hi Susan,

It was great meeting you at Mobile Learning in Phoenix.  I am the principal of a school in Baltimore County that is piloting the use of IPods in our fourth and fifth grade classrooms.   We have some cool things going on.  Check out my blog for details....


We are looking for folks to share our learning and to collaborate.


Harry Walker

I would be nice to hear from the teachers using it. Please encourage them to share the experience or their blog or #hashtag at twitter.


It would be nice to setup a school itunes U account and share podcasts through them



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