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Ipods in Education

Analyzing technology through the lense of McLuhan's Laws of Media

Trish Helgeland

on 3 March 2011

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Ipods in Education A review through the lense of McLuhan's Laws of Media Ipod History iPod is a line of portable media players designed by Apple and launched on October 23, 2001. All of the models have been redesigned multiple times since their introduction. Typical Usage First announced it as a Mac-compatible product with a 5 GB hard drive that put "1,000 songs in your pocket."
The iPod line can play several audio file formats including MP3, AAC/M4A, Protected AAC, AIFF, WAV, Audible audiobook, and Apple Lossless. Video games are playable on various versions of iPods. Sales and Statistics 2008- Apple announced total cumulative sales of iPods exceeded 220 million
Ipods and Education iPods have gained popularity for use in education. iPod ownership was highest among the 13-17 years age group at roughly 45% of kids owning one. From foreign language and music lessons to sharing photo slideshows to podcasts, the iPod's portability and digital content storage make it a great educational tool. Applications in the Classroom Thousands of educational apps available for all subject areas. Brain Pop See Read Say Mad Libs Math Cards NASA App Convert Sketchbook Yoga Stretch http://images.apple.com/education/docs/L419313A-UpperEl_3-5.pdf French FaceTime - Video chat to collaborate on projects with other schools, hold a virtual field trip, and provide a face-to-face way for students with illnesses to chat with teachers from home. HD Video Recording and the ability to edit videos on your iPod. Mobile moviemaking!
Podcasts iTunes U has more than 250,000 lectures, presentations, videos, readings, and podcasts. Have benefits for teachers and students Caters to some students' passion for electronics and gadgets. Since their first appearance in 2001, Apple’s range of portable media players have become one of the most recognizable icons of the twenty-first century. Being used as study agents Most of the research is done on University students Classroom management tool aid language learning Challenges Cost Accessibility Student distraction Access to not approved information Record radio shows using an iPod and voice recorder and then podcast the radio shows to others over the internet. Good way to block out distractions.
Students with ADD or ADHD have been observed to become remarkably focused if they are able to have an iPod with them. can be an effective way to take instruction home to the family Students can add their own audio
files, text notes, voice memos and calendar entries to their iPods. They can share personal notes and use
audio files for self-paced learning. Using different types of iPods and sharing between them Computer access Should suppliment classroom work, not overtake it ipod education would be necessary for teachers wanting to try using them in the classroom Video of a highschool student who is trying to start a iSchool initiative. McLuhan's Four Laws of Media Enhance Reverse Retrieve Obselesce “What does the new media improve or enhance, make possible or accelerate?” “What is pushed aside or obsolesced by the new media?” “When pushed to the limits of its potential the new form will reverse what was its original characteristics. What is the potential reversal of the new form?” “What earlier action or service is brought back into play by the new form?" Accessibility of information Student engagement Communication Email
Safari Apps Podcasts Podcasts Video Chatting Voice Recording Technological awareness Appropriate ways to retrieve information

Knowledge Computers Takes away the need to sit down at a computer to retrieve information Stereos MP3 Players Calculators Face to face interactions Clocks/Watches Pen and Paper Calendars Books Listening as a form of knowledge accumulation. For example, listening to stories. Love and appreciation of a variety of different types of music as artforms A culture longing for childhood physical activity. Video games, ipods, computers, etc. have eliminated much of the desire for kids to be active. Face to face communication and interaction Access to innapropriate types of information 5th and 6th generation iPods as well as iPod Nanos, can play MPED-4 and QuickTime videos. Videos Music Downloading Apps Email iPods are cool, fun, and interactive. Apple offers information on educational uses for iPods on their website, including a collection of lesson plans. http://www.apple.com/education/ video postcards
Share your finished movies with the class, the school, and the world. Adding to students overuse of such devices. Trish Helgeland
Section B "If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow."
- John Dewey The End Will I use iPods in my classroom? iPods definitely will have a place in my classroom. Students will be taught from the very beginning of the year how to use iPods appropriately in the classroom in order to have future success. With more research on my part, I will be able to make iPods a valuable tool for research, communication, and presentation formats. One limiting factor is the cost of being able to provide iPods to students, however, the number of students owning iPods is rapidly increasing and this is something I plan to take advantage of.

I have seen the level of student engagement increase when iPods were used as a learning device, and hope to get more experience and training with using them as a teaching tool.
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