Using the iPhone/iTouch in teaching

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Gráinne Conole
25 October 2009

I've had my iphone almost a year and I am getting more and more imrpressed by iti and it ;particuar the apps which are now available. I'm learnig Spanish and have a full collins dictionary on the phone now which has made the large paper dictionary I have totally redudant. So its got me thinking about how it might be used more for learning. I know that an iphone version of the spanish course I have just completed is being developed. It would be great to use this cloud to share ideas and swap great apps.So questions:

  • What apps are you using and what do you like about them?
  • In what ways has the iphone changed your practice?
  • Are you using the app for learning purposes (either as a leaerner or a teacher)?

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Gráinne Conole
8:15pm 25 October 2009

Thanks for the link to the augmented reality app - mind boggling!

Antonella Esposito
10:06am 26 October 2009

Just found iThinkEd , "designed to facilitate the exploration, evaluation, and promotion of the iPhone and other converged devices within the higher education community".  Indeed it's a small  website, managed by the Abilene Christian University, but it provides some teachers' stories of IPhone use for teaching and learning: for instance IPhone Flash cards - Greek, Hebrew & Syriac and IPhone in the classroom (in a Psychology class, a teacher used IPhone + Blogger to spark conversaions among students).

Gráinne Conole
1:15pm 26 October 2009 (Edited 10:18am 1 March 2010)

Thanks Antonella that does look like a useful resource.

Antonella Esposito
9:18pm 9 December 2009 (Edited 10:18am 1 March 2010)

How the IPhone could reboot education is an article by Wired that counts achievements and lessons learned in  a pilot at the Abilene Christian University. ACU has massively adopted IPhones for social and learning activities undertaken by 2.100 enrolled students (48% of the population) and for teaching activities of its faculty (97% of faculty is now equipped). As the related videos (see in the right column links to ‘IPhone in a US college’), each teacher adapted the use of the IPhone to the subject matter’s needs. Despite the burden of an optimization of the campuswide Wi-Fi, the experiment as successful and ACU will keep on investing on it. The article also reports that some universities in UK are going to start similar initiatives. Anyone knows something about that?

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