While at PETE&C I attended a great presentation on using iPods as a replacement to a traditional computing platform in the classroom. I was inspired. There are so many free apps, and new ones are being developed everyday. I wanted an iPod Touch, and it was only partially for research/investigation purposes.
Almost two weeks later, I still was craving an iPod Touch, so I bought one. There was about a half hour learning curve for me to become completely comfortable with the iPod Touch. The keyboard was what took the most practice. Now I am able to write entire paragraphs comfortably – the WordPress App allowed me to write the first part of this blog post from the comfort of my futon.
The night before the purchase I went on to iTunes to find content. I figured if I could not find content I was interested in, I would not bother purchasing. It was not a problem. There are currently 593 pages of education Apps, there were 578 pages a couple days ago. Which shows how fast the Apps are being developed. Of those, I found 104 FREE Apps that could be related to a middle school Spanish class. I found many additional Apps that were $0.99 to $1.99 that could be very beneficial.
I am currently trying out all the free ones. I am keeping a log of each one after I try it (there are also some podcasts on the list). Anyone could contribute to the list – if there is an App that you think is a must-have for a Spanish classroom, submit the info on my wiki. Even if I do not get any iPod Touches for the classroom, I will still be able to recommend Apps to students with an iPod Touch or an iPhone. There are different Apps that would be beneficial during different units.