Miami teacher: ‘I love’ lessons on iPod

From the Miami Herald, Friday, November 9:

At Auburndale Elementary in Miami, Yahaira Rufin has her first-graders use iPod touches and digital players for reading exercises in a pilot program with Innovations for Learning, a group in Illinois that focuses on digital learning and online tutoring. The pilot expanded this year to kindergarten and first-grade classrooms in nine struggling schools, and the school district bought 580 devices, according to Innovations for Learning.

With the players, Rufin’s students listen to a text and read along in a booklet. With the iPod touch, they work on drills, like frequently seen words. “I love it because not only do you see the kids, and they’re so enthusiastic, but I know it’s controlled by me,” Rufin said.

The excerpt is part of a story describing the growing use of cell phones, laptops and tablets in the Miami-Dade school district, which has instituted a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy as a way to get today’s technology into classrooms at little cost.

We’ll have more about BYOD in future posts.

The Herald story, by reporter Laura Isinsee, is well worth your time.


Posted on November 10, 2012, in IFL, Innovation, Reading, TeacherMate, Teaching, Technology, TutorMate, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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