Monday, February 23, 2009

iPod's in Education

In 2004, Duke University set out to become a leader in technological education. Every freshman that enrolled at Duke for the Fall semester of 2004 received a fourth-generation iPod. Duke had taken a risk that many consider was just a fad, but this risk seems to have it's rewards. Duke has now scaled back issuing iPods. If you take an iPod required course at Duke the university will lend you an iPod for the term. If you want your own it will only cost you $99. As far as iPod instruction at Duke being a fad, the university offered 47 courses that used the iPod in the Spring of 2006. The Spring of 2005 only offered 19 such courses. If you would like more details for Dukes use of the iPod check out the article I read HERE.

Duke is not the only university to take advantage of iPod's technology. Schools such as MIT, New York Law School, Texas A&M, and Stanford are also using the iPod. But the iPod is not limited just to Universities anymore. It is being used across the globe in K-12 Classrooms. Karen Thompson, a K-12 Teacher in Springfield, Illinois has a website that provides links to different projects and tools that show teachers some of the different things iPods can accomplish. To visit Karen Thompson link Click Here. Also, a fellow Blogger, whose blog is The Best Article Everyday, posted 100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better. To view the complete list Click Here.

1 comment:

  1. I found this to be very interesting. I liked how the University took the money to provide all of the Freshmen with an iPod. It seemed to be very useful for all the students because they could do several different things that had to do with learning.