Tuesday, February 9, 2010

3-2-1....BLAST OFF...or will it be CRASH and BURN!?!?!

"Once you've done the mental work, there comes a point where you have to throw yourself into the action & put your heart on the line." -Phil Jackson

The launching of the iPod Touches was exactly that...we threw ourselves into the action and put our hearts on the line! As usual, the students rose to the occasion and took it to the next level! Mrs. Stacey started with a guided discovery on how to use the iPod Touches. The students filled out K-W-L charts while identifying their understanding of iPod Touches and what they wanted to learn more about. The students were then assigned a specific app on which to become an expert. Then they shared out any/all information about that app and answered their classmates' questions. In the video linked below, you will see that the students were a little apprehensive on investigating their app. I am impressed with the language that Mrs. Stacey uses with her students. The video is approximately 9 minutes - but worth the watch!

Although the iLearn Launch was a success, we are in the middle of frustration right now with our Bretford Cart. We are having limited success with syncing our iPod Touches, we have to sync 1 at a time and currently only 7 out of 27 have successfully synced. This is causing our project momentum to slow down tremendously. Currently, we are relying on our PLN to help us out with these issues, as we are not getting much support from Bretford or Apple. If you have any suggestions to help promote our success, I would love to hear from you!

Our mental work is far from over...but we are ready to stay in the middle of the action! The question is, will we be able to?


  1. I wish I could help more, but I have no teachers using them. Appreciate all of the tweets and posts about your adventures there. Good luck.
    Mark Carls

  2. Thanks Mark! If you come across anything that you think might be useful, shoot it my way!

  3. This is so exciting. I can't wait to watch and learn as this progresses!