iPod Touch

LQ: 9.2

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Brain grade: 9
Fun score: 9.4

Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , , , Academic Skills Used:

The iPod Touch is a touchscreen media player that allows users to listen to music, watch videos, play games, and use the nearly countless apps available from the app store. Users can explore iBooks, download and share music with others, chat with friends and family using AIM or another chatting app, take photos, and much more. While the iPod touch started out as an MP3 player, it has evolved to encompass much more than music and can be adapted for a variety of uses as an assistive technology for Alternative Learners. The device’s simplest features can be suitable for ages 4 and up, though we only recommend that young children use the device under monitored parental supervision.


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this app is good for kids who need help with:

Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

The most basic purpose of the iPod Touch is to store, organize, and listen to music. Arranging playlists and organizing albums, artists, songs, and album artwork are all ways that encourage users to practice organizational skills. Additionally, the iPod Touch can access Apple’s App Store through a wifi connection, enabling users to take advantage of all the same games and applications available to users of the iPad and iPhone.

The iPod Touch offers numerous opportunities to practice organizational skills. Making the vast amount of information and media on the iPod easily accessible requires users to identify an organizational scheme which will best suit their needs. Arranging artists and playlists in a logical way, as well as making sure albums and songs are properly sorted will ensure ease of access in the future. Additionally, users may sort applications into containing folders with unique themes. For example, apps which aid in productivity can be combined into a single folder titled “Productive Apps.” Organizing the user’s home screen can reduce clutter and expedite navigation on the iPod Touch.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

The iPod Touch includes numerous opportunities to customize and explore individual interests. Users may import their own music libraries or CDs, compiling and arranging playlists. Alternatively, the iPod Touch has access to the iTunes Store through a wifi connection. The store allows users to preview and purchase songs and albums across hundreds of genres, providing a great opportunity to find new musical tastes in a user's preferred style. Access to the App Store grants the user a vast range of options for new games and utilities. Using an iPod to explore, develop, and discover individual interests is an excellent way to exercise the Self-Awareness thinking skill.

Time Management

Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort.

Out of the box, the iPod Touch comes stocked with tools to help users manage and plan their time effectively. Built in applications such as iCal, Reminders, Notes, and the Clock can all help users to maximize their time and productivity. Working together, these applications keep track of dates, appointments, and homework assignments. Reminders will alert users when a scheduled event included on their calendar takes place. Users may also use the Clock utility’s stop watch or alarms to help them manage intervals short term time, alerting them when it is time to move from one activity or assignment to another. When used together, the iPod Touch’s built in utilities can improve productivity, Planning and the Time Management.

Reading

The iPod Touch can help make reading more accessible through e-book apps like iBooks or Kindle, as well as other reading intensive applications. The App Store has a wide selection of educational apps that practice story building and provide interactive reading experiences. With access to the internet, social networking, and bookmarking sites, the iPod Touch also provides alternatives to traditional reading.

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