Tuesday, July 7, 2009

More Tricks to using the iPod Touch in education

Really useful list from David Hopkin's eLearning Blog on how to uses the iPod Touch in education.

mLearning; Tricks to using the iPod Touch in class eLearning Blog // Don’t Waste Your Time … included the following:

  • Screen-grab

  • Save images while browsing

  • Emails

  • Apple App Store

  • Internet & Surfing

  • Note-taking

  • Podcasts

  • Documents"

  • I commented on it, but thought I'd expand his list a little further to include the following:

  • Get a headset with an in-built mic and you can record voice memos

  • Sync the calendar with Google Calendar to keep track of appointments / assignments etc (also good for accessing your Gmail too)

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  • Use the Contacts organiser to keep track of numbers / e-mail addresses you're given when out an' about

  • Create shortcuts to web-based e-mail by adding that page to your home screen - just open up Safari > go to your webmail > Click on the "+" (plus sign) button and then touch the "Add to Home Screen" option (see screenshot, left).

  • Get hold of the free TED Talks app to view some inspiring talks without needing to download the podcasts

  • Install the Skype app (also free) to use with that ipod headset with mic mentioned above... and free Skype-to-Skype calls / the ability to make phone calls becomes available wherever there’s wifi available

  • Access presentations from SlideShare by using mobile slideshare

  • Writing a timed essay or trying to motivate your way through a batch of marking? Click on Clock and Timer and speed yourself up!

  • The calculator is useful... but a quick rotate to landscape and you get yourself a free scientific calculator.

  • Me, I love my iPod Touch. It's got just enough stuff to fill in most of the gaps when you haven't got access to your main computer. It's lighter and quicker to turn on and get online than a netbook. It has oodles of apps available (though you end up using just a few select ones). It's 'shove in your pocket-able'. The battery life is excellent (can be left in sleep mode for days) and it charges quickly. What's not to like? Oh, and although you don't get the phone bits you do with an iPhone, for on-campus use, you'll most likely have a wireless connection available... so who needs the additional monthly contract cost / extra initial cost of the iPhone? :o)
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