Typically I put my educator hat aside for three hours on Sunday when the Patriots play. But I found my eyes widening and mind wandering through the media possibilities with Apple’s new iPod nano with video capability. Suddenly those new flip cameras are already looking unnecessary as these mini camcorders will find their way into our students’ pockets come this holiday season and surely into all subsequent versions of Apple’s iPod products.
Harnessing the power of these ever changing and upgrading tools for educational use will continue to be a charge for educators with more well-to-do students. Oral assessments uploaded by students and gradable “on demand” for teachers’ will surely be one function. Recorded classroom activities and presentations will bring another dynamic way to communicate and bring the learning home to parents and the community.
How do you see these pocket-technologies affecting your classroom instruction, assessment, and culture?