Are iPods in the classroom a distraction? Perhaps. Pencils - now those are real distractions - always having to sharpen them, kids throw them, they write inappropriate notes with them, they can use them to cheat, they poke each other with them, they get pencil lead stuck in their fingers, they steal them, etc. I think we should ban 'em. Now, am I trying to convince everyone to run out and buy ipods for all students? No, I'm not. I am suggesting, however, that they're worth exploring. This website will link to general information and educational apps for the ipod.

Why iPods in the Classroom?
  • Audiobooks
  • Music
  • Simple student created audio
  • Teacher created audio
  • Full blown podcasts/digital stories
  • Instructional videos
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Using the iPod - Basics
  • Plug it in, iTunes should automatically launch
  • Choose sync options (automatic? manual?)
  • Browse iTunes content/store, decide how and what you want synced onto iPods
  • The iPod will charge while connected to computer, whether iTunes is launched or not

Favorite iPod Links in General

iPod Tools to Learn
Getting Music

Getting Videos
  • United Streaming - save as Quicktime, import into iTunes
  • Download from TeacherTube/YouTube (Use Zamzar.com)