Article # 1
This article covered the basics of using an iPod in class. The article started with the fact that students look forward to using them in class. They are convenient, small, have large storage capacities, and are what the students are in too. Duke University began using the iPods for course content and quickly found that the iPod could be used for “discovered the exciting possibilities for creating, capturing, and producing learning content, too”. As with any new technology in education, faculty will need to take the time to learn how to take use of it.

Article # 2
Harvard has an iPod class as part of their Extension School. The students are now able to view complete lectures via their iPod. The course is titled “Understanding Computers and the Internet” and certainly is appropriate for the venue of using an iPod. The course has been running since 1999, but is now able to include video into the delivery. There was a very positive reference from a student that was 59 years old indicating that this mode of learning was “brilliant” way for older students to learn.

Article # 3
According to this article the iPods are becoming ubiquitous and are being used in a number of ways in instruction. The major benefit for iPods is the ability to review content over and over if needed. With the recently added capability of video lectures can now be recorded allowing for a more complete review of the content covered. Students can prepare reports and share with students adding in projection capability and speakers can allow for presentations in front of the whole class.

Article # 4
Shelley Pasnik made 5 points that I thought promoted the use of iPods in education well. One, because of its portability the iPod takes learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Two, the small form factor allows you to take it anywhere and use it any time. Three, the Mac based software called iLife can help the development of “media literacies” by students. Four, it can be used to promote tailored learning styles to help better meet the needs of the students. And, five, the iPod touch is less expensive than a PC or laptop. One price I found for our iPod touch was $275 being hundreds of dollars less than the PC or laptops. The points made help me to better understand the potential for using the device in class.

Article # 5 iPods in the Classroom
Duke University faculty received a grant to provide each incoming freshman with a 20 Gb iPod. Many students did take use of the iPod for educational purposes, but as you might expect, a number of them also used it during class for non-classroom related activities. As a result the project was scaled back to just a few areas (music and language majors). However, there were also positives. According to the article, students found it easy to use and took it with them outside the classroom and did use them for studying.

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This article is from MacWorld Canada and talks about the iPhones/iPod Touches are ready to take over the task of storing the textbook. Audio books have been around for a while, but the iPods make it convenient to carry with you (especially compared to some of those heavy text books). PDFs are easily stored and used on the iPods. Recording your voice is possible with an add on from the AppStore.

Article # 7

This article covered a new application for the iTouch called Educate. The app contains built in lesson planning, student tracking, teaching strategies and eLearning tools. The cost isn’t bad either $6.99 so, it might be worth checking out.

Article # 8

This article identifies the video format used on the iTouch as MPEG-4 H.264, a common video platform being used today. You might run into videos that are not this type. An application on the web called ConvertTube is a free service that can convert a number of applications to the required one for the iTouch. You can find the link at this site: and look for ConvertTube.

Article # 9
Ran across a couple of articles that listed top ten applications for the iTouch and on both lists was an app called “Evernote”. It is a better version of the note pad and should allow sharing notes and documents between computers. You will need to purchase the upgrade for this “free” application to work.

Article # 10
For those of you teaching in the Sciences you may want to check out this site because it covers the author’s top 10 science applications for the iTouch. High on the list is a chemestry application that has the periodic table with a lot of additional information on any given element. There is listed a more basic periodic table as well. Also included is a measures application for converting.

Assignment 2 (Aha moments)

The article submitted by Bill on iPod basics was what I needed. It can be found at:
. It provides a basic overview on the benefits and what it is all about regarding Podcasts. The site was a good review for me on what it is all about.
The article submitted by Cliff Goodacre on the Pros and Cons of iPods: in School was again another article good for me in that it covered the basic pros and cons of using iPods. The cons centered around inappropriate use of the technology by students and the pros referencing the ability to use iPods for study and the applications available for helping like calculators and dictionaries.

The article on using iPods for quizzing was interesting by Sarah Hartgerink and can be found at: . It provided an example of a class that took quizzes on the iPod and the students received immediate results on how they did. The quizzes were setup in the AppleiTunes Store section of iTunesU.

A good article regarding the use of iPods to review audio recordings of lectures was posted by Susan Allen at: The instructor would post the lectures until a week before the next exam came up. I thought that was a little interesting. Also, students used the recordings to verify and correct their notes and that I thought was a pretty useful example of the value of podcasting.

The idea of using an iPod for something as simple as a flashcard still has merits to it. There are some technical facts that I cover in class that are hard to get down. The article by Tina Mills on how to create flash cards using an iTouch could be very helpful to me. The article can be found at: The application (with ads included) is free and can be found at: Another version is available without ads for $5 is available at the same site. The application works with Google documents and can be a great re-enforcer when some hard to get details need to be remembered.

Podcast for use in Communication Signals class.

MIT has a number of lectures available as video podcasts. One in particular that I will use in my Communication Signals class is on electrical charges. Professor Walter Lewin does a fantastic job of describing and demonstrating the basics of electrical charges. The lecture is from the first class in his 802 Physics course and can be found at I will use this lecture as a home work assignment when covering basic electricity in my Communication Signals class and require the students to answer a question that would only be know if they had watched the class. The question would be - What did the professor beat the student with during class? The answer is a fur pelt of a cat. It was used to develop a static charge on the student.
Anyone teaching high school physics and or basic electricity could use this lecture with one caveat, the math can get pretty intense after the 30 minute mark in the lecture. In my class I will require viewing of the first 30 minutes and just recommend watching the whole lecture.

Unit Plan for incorporating an iPod in the course "Home Wiring and Termination Practices"

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