Tech Integration Class: iPods and iTunes for Instruction

Tech Integration Class: Technology Concepts and Operations:  iPods and iTunes for InstructionTech Integration Class: Technology Concepts and Operations:  iPods and iTunes for Instruction
Learn new ways to use iPods and iTunes in the classroom to differentiate instruction, disseminate information, store information, and organize.  iPods and iTunes can also be used to assist struggling students, reinforce basic skills, build reading fluency, create a digital record of student progress, and be used as a study aid.  In this class, we will review the different types of iPods and learn how to sync an iPod.  In addition,  you will learn how to add audio and video content; subscribe to educational podcasts; create your own podcasts (overview only - for detailed lessons, sign up for the podcasting class); use the calendar as a planning tool; create flash cards using Keynote; and review Apps (applications ) that can be used with an iPod Touch.
  1.  Types of iPods
    See the Flash presentation available on the website below.
  2.  An Introduction to iTunes

  3.  How to Sync an iPod to your iTunes Library
    Plug the USB cord into the computer and plug the other end into the iPod.  Turn on the iPod.  This will launch iTunes.  You can set your iPod to sync automatically or manually manage your iPod.  You can also choose to sync only checked audio and video files.  This allows you to control what content is added to the iPod.  If you are going to use the iPod as a portable hard drive and store documents, select Enable Hard Drive.
  4.  How to Add Audio Content
    1.  Adding Content from a CD
      To add audio content from a CD, insert the CD in your CD drive, launch iTunes, and select Import CD.
    2.  Adding Podcasts
      Launch iTunes, click on iTunes Store, and select Podcasts.
      Search by category or type a search term like "museum" in the Search field.
      1.  Subscribing to Podcasts
        When you find a podcast you are interested in, click on the  "Subscribe" button.  You can set your preferences for how often iTunes checks for updates.  
      2.  Add a Single Podcast Episode
        To add a single podcast episode, click "Get Episode."  The podcast will download to you iTunes Library and be available under Podcasts.
    3.  Create Your Own Podcasts
      Record your own podcasts in GarageBand or Audacity and export them as an mp3 or mpeg4 file and transfer them / import them to your iTunes Library.
      (Note:  For more information on how to create a podcast, take the Podcasting class)
  5.  How to Add Video Content
    1.  United Streaming
      Download video clips from United Streaming as QuickTime movies.  Drag the QuickTime movie into your iTunes Library.  In iTunes, click on Movies to view the movies in your Library.  Find your QuickTime movie clip and click on it once to select the clip.  In the Menu bar on the top of your screen, click on ADVANCED, and select SAVE FOR IPOD.  You will want to remove the QuickTime video from your Library, so follow these steps to identify the QuickTime file and delete it.  Click on the video clip once to highlight it, then press and hold the CONTROL (CTRL) key and click down on your mouse.  This should open a dialog box, scroll down and select GET INFO.  When you identify the QuickTime clip, select it and under EDIT, select DELETE.
    2.  iMovie
      Create your own movies in iMovie and share them to iTunes.  To do this, follow these steps:  SAVE your project, then form the Menu bar select SHARE and iPOD.  If prompted about rendering the clip, choose RENDER and PROCEED.  This will compress your movie file and launch iTunes where your movie will appear under MOVIES in your iTunes Library.
  6.   Create Flash Cards Using Keynote
    Flash cards can be created in Keynote or PowerPoint, however Keynote has a feature for exporting directly to iPod or iPhoto for ease in sharing.  If you create flash card slides in PowerPoint, it will require additional steps to convert the slides to pictures (via screen shots[command shift 4]; file conversion - open the picture in Preview and save as a jpeg,; and importing to iPhoto).
    1.  How to Create Flash Cards
      1.  Open Keynote and Create a New Presentation -- Choose Blank Slide Template or Slide with Centered Title
        Choose your background color and do so carefully, as you will want your words to show up clearly against the background.  You also want to avoid pairing colors like red and green, as they may not be visible to people who are color blind.  Type your vocabulary word or question on one slide, and the definition or answer on the next slide.  When you have finished, SAVE your presentation.
    2.  Exporting Your Flash Cards
      1.  Option 1: FILE > EXPORT > iPod > Fixed Timing > set slide duration (you can choose the timing for slides) > Next > Name the File > Movies > Export
        This option allows you to save the flash cards as a movie on your iPod.  There is no audio and the flash cards progress automatically.
      2.  Option 2: Send to iPhoto   FILE > SEND TO > iPHOTO
        This option will save your flash cards as jpeg images in  your iPhoto Library.  It will create an album that can then be exported to iTunes.  When the photo album is synced to your iPod, you can easily "flip" through the flash cards at your own pace.
      3.  Option 3: Send to iPhoto and Use it in iMovie to ADD SOUND
        Follow the directions in Option 2 above to send your slides to iPhoto.  Once you have completed this, follow these steps:
        Open iMovie HD > Create a New Project > SAVE  > Click on the Media Tab > Select Photos Tab.  In Clip Pane View, drag and drop the photos into the Clip Viewer at the bottom of the iMovie screen.  Be sure to drop the photos in the order you want them to appear.  SAVE  To add audio, click on TIMELINE View > click on the Media Tab > Click on the Audio Tab.  Make sure your play head is at the very beginning of your movie.  Click Record Voiceover > Click the red Record button and begin recording.  Wait for the next card to appear in the movie view before you record the corresponding audio.  When finished, click the Record button to stop the recording.  SAVE the movie.  Click SHARE > iPod, select Render and Proceed. OK.  Your flash card movie with audio can be found in your iTunes Library under Movies.
  7.  Calendars -- Create Class Calendars or Lesson Plan Calendars
    Use iCal to create a calendar for your class with assignment due dates and important dates.  When you sync your iPod to your iTunes Library, double-click on the iPod that appears in the Library Pane on the left side of iTunes to open the Summary window.  Click on the Calendar tab, select the calendar to be synced.  Press Apply.
  8.  Storing Information
    An iPod can be used as a portable hard drive to back up documents.  To do this, plug in your iPod to your computer, double-click on the iPod from the left sidebar in iTunes.  In the Summary pane, select Enable Hard Disk.  Close the window and iTunes.  Now the iPod can be used as a portable hard drive.  Simply connect the iPod to a computer via the USB cable, and drag and drop files onto the iPod icon on the desktop.
  9.  Resources
    1.  Free Audio Books
      1.  Lit2Go --
        Select Launch iTunes; this includes PDF copies of the texts
      2.  Free Classics --
        Download by chapter or download the complete book; available in mp3 or m4b format for iTunes.  If you select iTunes, the iPod will remember where you stopped reading.
      3.  Librivox --
        Download books that are currently in the public domain.  All books are read and recorded by volunteers.
      4. LoudLit (free)   Limited selection of classic literature read by people. Some works areavailable for download as mp3 files with the text embedded and viewablein 5th generation iPods.
      5. Open Culture (free)  Free audio books available for download from a variety of sources.
      6. Learn Out Loud (free)  Classic literature available either online or as a download.
    2.  eBooks -- books in electronic format - no audio
      1.  Project Gutenberg --
      2.  Free Classics --
    3.  Lesson Plans and Ideas for Using iPods in Education --
      Click on this link to access all of my iPod resources.  As I update my iPod bookmarks, you will have access to them.
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