This week I had the pleasure of receiving some very important shipments to me at school, namely a classroom set of iPod Touches. I was fortunate enough to receive these iTouches from a grant I had written a number of months ago. Here’s what I’ve got (so far):
- 33 iTouches
- 1 Bretford Power Sync Cart
- Class set of headphones
- Component AV Cable set
I don’t have any cases for the Touches, at least not yet anyway. I’m a little concerned on whether or not they’d fit nicely in the Sync Cart.
So now, the challenging (but exciting!) task at hand is to figure out the logistical side of setting these up. The key areas I’ll need to explore are:
- iTunes Account – Normally when setting up an iTunes account, you need a credit card to do so. Obviously, I don’t want to use my own personal credit card, nor do I really want to rely on one school account I may not have access to. I’ve heard of a way to set up an account without submitting a credit card initially and then purchasing apps solely by way of gift cards, but I also need to consider how other teachers might have access to this account.
- Syncing 33 iTouches – I’ve read that you can sync up to 5 iPods/iTouches on one iTunes account. I hope I’m wrong. If I’m not, this could become problematic.
- Classroom Guidelines – No other classroom in our school has a set of iAnything, so creating a classroom policy on how best to use these do-dads falls (happily) on my shoulders. Since iTouches are an expensive and desirable investment, I’ll need to make sure all of my T’s are crossed and my lower case j’s are dotted.
- Go Shopping – I know there are billions of apps out there, I know. But I want to be intentional and realistic about implementing these in my class for the rest of the year, which is – oh bye the way – only about 2 months long. So, I want to pick and choose things that will actually be useful for classroom instruction and student learning, not just play Bejeweld for 4 blocks a day.
So, Educators, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your advice!