iPods in the Classroom
Special Education student Allison Papke implemented this project for her Level 3 practicum at John Long Middle School in Pasco County. This project demonstrates how iPods can be used to create an individualized testing experience for students. The inspiration for Allison's project was the innovative work done by educators at Louisa-Muscatine Elementary in Letts, Iowa.
Before Allison created her iPod project, the special education students in her eighth grade social studies class were pulled out of class and had the tests read to them. Using the Notes feature of the iPods, Allison created an interactive experience that allowed the students to listen to the test questions at their own pace. The students could also repeat questions as many times as needed, and since they were listening to the questions on an iPod they did not have to be pulled out of the room and were able to take the test with the rest of their classmates. The iPod version of the test included text to accompany the audio so that students could read the test questions as they listened to them.
The iPods Allison used were provided by the Laptop Initiative, which also helped her record and edit the test questions using a new sound booth available in the Laptop Lounge.
For more information on the Louisa-Muscatine Elementary project, please visit their website.
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