The fourth generation iPod touch was released in September 2010 and discontinued about two years later. It inherited many of the features of the iPhone 4, including the A4 processor and Retina display. It was the first iPod touch to have camera. Many schools bought these devices. iPod touch 4th Generation cannot run iOS 7, as they are stuck at iOS 6.1.6.
While they are a few years old at this point and many apps require iOS 7, they can still run some very useful and creative apps.
You can tell if an app will work on in iOS 6 by looking at its details page in the App Store on in iTunes. But one thing to know is that many apps that say they require iOS 7 actually do not. If you try to install the app from the App Store on a device that is not running iOS 7, the App Store might ask if you would like to download the last compatible version of the app.
Let's take a look at some of my favorite apps that work on iPod touch and iOS 6.
Create a little book. Each page may have images, drawings, text, and audio recordings. StoryKit can save the story as a web page, but you need email set up on the device in order to copy or send the link to the page.
- Read stories based on Duck on a Bike from Mr. Pace’s fourth grade class.
- Tony Vincent’s “What Makes a Good Vice President” example.
- Eanes ISD in Texas has a great post about how kindergartners have used StoryKit to write and publish stories.
Draw, add arrows, and write on images. Annotated images can be saved back to the Camera Roll and shared or used in other apps.
- Read a short post to see how first graders used Skitch for drawing and labeling practice.
- Read what kindergarten teacher Matt Gomez has done with Skitch in his classroom.
- Read another post by Matt Gomez: Phonics Practice with Skitch App.
- Here’s a picture of a class poster made by a first grade class for math.
Pick a background and combine photos, text, and stickers into a collage. This app is very easy to use. You can double-click any photo you import and get the option to cut it out. To delete anything you’ve added to your project, simply flick it away. When done the collage can be saved as an image in your Camera Roll or emailed.
- Third graders used Pic Collage for acrostic poetry.
- Second graders made collages about natural resources in their everyday lives.
- See how Pic Collage can be used for labeling vocabulary words.
- See how kindergartners used Pic Collage to place themselves on different modes of transportation.
- Pic Collage’s stickers could be used to keep student’s faces hidden
Puppet Pals Pocket
Pick puppets and choose backgrounds. Then click Record. Every movement made on stage is recorded along with your voice. The free version has limited characters. The paid version let you turn any image into a puppet or a background. Puppet shows can be saved as a video into the Camera Roll.
- Fifth graders made videos where they tell about four people in history who inspire them.
- Student use Puppet Pals to retell Aesop’s Fables.
Because iPod touch has a camera, it can scan QR codes–all you need is an app that can scan them. My favorite app is i-nigma. A QR code can display a text message or open a web link. This is really helpful for web links because students won’t have to type anything!
- If you want to make your own QR codes, try goqr.me on a PC or Mac.
- Learn all about QR codes in Tony’s 20 minute video.
Video QR Codes with Dropbox
Turn any video or image in an iPod's Photo Library into a QR code with Dropbox. This is a great way for teachers to clones themselves or their lessons and is wonderful for centers/stations/task cards. It’s also a great way to share student work.
- Log into the Dropbox app on iPod. Click the + and choose files from your Photo Library to copy to your Dropbox.
- Each file in Dropbox can have a public link. Get this link by clicking the Share button in the app, right-clicking the file if you have Dropbox installed on your PC, or clicking the Share Link icon from the website.
- Paste think link into qrcode.kaywa.com or goqr.me.
Each day one student is designated at the roving reporter (or class scribe). His or her job is to write or make a video about the learning that happens that day. The reporter takes photos/videos throughout the day and selects a few to include with the article or video. Reviewing photos can also help the reporter decide what to write about. Probably the best way to publish these article are on a blog. Don’t forget to give students a rubric or checklist at the beginning of the process so they know how their writing is assessed.
- KidBlog is a great platform for classroom blogs. It’s free and gives teachers complete control over everything that is published. They even have an app.
- Some KidBlog examples: Mrs. Parde’s Class and Mrs. Smith’s Class
- If you want to get feedback or comments on published student work, post it on Twitter with the hashtag #comments4kids.
- Read an really old article Showcasing The Roving Reporter.
This is a free service where the teacher can push out questions to students and see instant feedback. You can set up a free account at socrative.com. They do have an app, but you don’t need it because it works great in mobile Safari.
- When you set up your account, make the room number short and easy to type. Room numbers don’t have to be numbers!
- Create a QR code that goes to http://m.socrative.com for students to scan to get to the webpage quickly.
- Students can make documentary and news segment style films with Videolicious Students can record themselves giving a short introduction and then easily cut to a series of images and videos. The filming can return back to the student who can then record a short conclusion. Watch this example about a vocabulary word by a second grader.
- Tellagami has you customize and avatar and background. You can record your voice or type in what you want the avatar to saw. Tellagami creates a video of of the avatar saying what you input, complete with body movement. Tellagami recordings are limited to 30 seconds. View examples by 2nd graders.
- Morfo is an app for taking a photo of a face and making it say whatever you want. It can be creepy and fun at the same time! Watch Tony’s video, Make Talking Heads with Morfo.
Popplet Mind Maps
Popplet Lite can be used to make mind maps. Like Inspiration, you can link ideas together and move them around. You can also include drawings and import images into your mind map.
- See the Anatomy of a Popplet (annotated using Skitch).
- See how first graders use Popplet to show addition.
Create narrated slideshows! Import images and attach audio to each one. Export as a video to the Camera Roll.
- See how 4th graders used 30hands to explain multiplication problems.
- First graders wrote how-to pieces and used Pic Collage and 30hands to turn them into narrated slideshows.
Wallpaper Your iPods
One of the best pieces of advice I have is to number your iPods. When students are using them to make things, it’s important they have the right device. I made a series of images you can download or have students make their own!
Up in Pieces
Create jigsaw puzzles from any image using Up in Pieces. You can even share the puzzles as a QR code.