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Cool Links: iPods Become Learning Tools at Shady Hills Elementary

Posted Oct 15, 2009
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A story in the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times that we heard about through ResourceShelf (thanks, Gary Price and Co.) focuses on how a local elementary school has embraced the "kids' technology" and is pressing iPods into service for teaching and learning in multiple ways. Read the article to see not only what they're doing but to learn who was behind the effort initially. Well, we'll tell you the answer to that last question now: It was library media and technology specialists! From the article:


The way that Shady Hills puts them into play has garnered attention across Florida. Media specialist Tracy Bonnett and technology specialist Jerry Marsh recently presented their program at the Florida Association for Media in Education annual conference, getting several inquiries about how to duplicate their model.


"Tracy and Jerry … gave us great resources for free podcasts, showed us exactly how they were using it with their students and teachers, and provided us with time within the workshop session for hands-on learning using their iPods," Denise Gomez, a media specialist at G.W. Carver Elementary in Coral Gables, said in an e-mail. "These iPods, with the right material, could reach and entice those struggling students that might normally tune out during your average lesson."


The idea of reaching students at their level appealed to Lynn Johnson, media specialist at Pacetti Bay Middle in St. Augustine …


(Note: The newspaper's readers have posted comments voicing mixed reactions to the story. So it's also worth reading some of the comments.)


Click HERE to read the whole story, "IPods become learning tools at Shady Hills Elementary," from the St. Petersburg Times.

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