iPod Image Sets
Below you'll find flash cards, study aids, reference, and calculator examples. While images in an iPod's Photos menu are not hyperlinked, there are ways to make the series of images interactive so check out this gallery of image sets. You're free to download the image sets and use them. But, I encourage teachers and students to use PowerPoint or Keynote to make their very own study and math tools.
The image files below work best on iPods with clickwheels. While iPhone/iPod touch can display photos, their interface doesn't work well with many of ways we're putting the images to use.
To install, download the .zip file, unzip the while, and sync the images to your iPod or other mobile device.
The United States Flash Cards
Users are presented with an image of the outline of a state's borders. The next image names the state, its capital city, and two-letter postal abbreviation code.
Math Flash Cards
Instead of pressing Next to see the answers to the questions, a user places a thumb over the grey spot in the lower left corner of the screen. The thumb is lifted to reveal the answer. The thumb is repositioned before pressing Next for the next flash card to appear.
U.S. Branches of Government Quiz
This is an example of a matching quiz. Words are presented on the right side of the screen and must be paired with their match on the left side. A word on the right will be highlighted. The user thinks of the match in his or her head and then presses Next for a line to be drawn to the match. Pressing Next again highlights the next word to be paired.
This image set displays a temperature in Fehrenheit and Celsius scales. The user spins the scroll wheel to move to the temperature to be converted.
The Stroop Effect is named after J. Ridley Stroop. He discovered that our brains have trouble with the task of separating the color a word is written in and the color the word spells. Users can conduct their own experiment with this image set.
This set has only six images. The images are brightly colored and are also lettered. They can be used as a way to indicate an answer to the group. The teacher asks a question and students select their response and hold up their iPods for the teacher to see their selections.
This image set is for young students who use counters to add and subtract. Using the scroll wheel or the Next and Previous buttons is a substitute for using fingers or other manipulatives.
Like Counters above, this image set can be used to assist youngsters in adding and subtracting. Using the scroll wheel, a user highlights the first addend or the minuend. If adding, the user presses the Next button as many times as the second addend. If subtraction, the users presses the Previous button the number of times as the subtrahend. The number you land on is the answer to the problem.
A bar has been divided into 16 sections. The image set highlights 1/16 of the bar at a time and displays the equivalent fractions at the bottom of the slide. This can be used to add and subtract fractions with 16, 8, 4, and 2 in the denominators.
Spin to Win
If you've been to one of my iPod workshops, you know I love to give away prizes. I use the Spin to Win image set to give away prizes marked 1, 2, and 3. The set has those numbers arranged randomly, so "spinning" the scroll wheel and then stopping will land on a random number.
Raybook offers a variety of educational materials, including CliffsNotes and Brain Quest. Raybook's products are unique in that they include an installer for Macintosh or Windows. The installer bypasses iTunes so there is no need to store their images in your own photo gallery. Raybook has also manipulates the thumbnail files so you can scroll to a specific section. Free demos are available. My favorites are the Brain Quest cards. Contact Raybook for school license pricing.
Koloroo offers image sets (that they call widgets) for purchase. Besides dancing sillouttes and a color wheel, Koloroo produces TipCalc. Scroll to the total of your bill and then the slide shows a 15 and 20 percent tip divided among 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 people. This can be a handy reference and replace that tip card many folks carry around.
iPREPpress offers content from a variety of publishers and formats it for iPods. While most of its content is for Notes, it has a growing selection of image sets, including graphic biographies and histories.
Listen to iPods #10: Photos Part 2 for ideas and uses for educational images sets.
Create your own image sets using PowerPoint! Create each card on a separate slide. Then save the slide show as a JPGs. You may have to rename the JPG files so that they show up in the right order (e.g. Change Slide1 or Slide001). For more links and tutorial videos, see Mr. Coley's flashcard links and tutorial videos.