Apple has now created an entire new section of “the U” just for you active learners, however. In a section coined “Beyond Campus,” Apple has begun hosting podcasts from educational sources other than academia. In a Chronicle article Apple VP of iTunes Eddy Cue says that lots of people are happy to share this educational content, but that they just didn’t have a means until now.
Looking like their could be some more useful content available.
Yesterday I mentioned that Apple were going to allow third party applications for the iPhone. What is nice is that they are also going to allow developers using their software developers kit (SDK) to create applications for the iPod touch as well.
The BBC has published a review of four of the top wifi capable media players currently on the market.
The Sony PSP, the Nokia N800, the Archos 605wifi and (of course) the Apple iPod touch.
Gadget lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to portable media players, with an increasing number offering web access through wi-fi connections. We take a look at four different players – Sony’s PSP Slim, Archos 605wifi, Nokia’s N800 and the Apple iPod touch – and assess their strengths and weaknesses in different categories.
Their winner, well it’s only fair that you check out the article, but it doesn’t surprise me.
It would appear that the market share of Apple Macs amongst University students is on the rise (well in the US anyway).
According to Macrumors, 40% of Princeton’s students and staff are using Macs compared to 10% just four years ago.
The Princeton University newspaper reports that Princeton’s Mac marketshare has been rising dramatically, with 40 percent of students and faculty currently using a Mac as their personal computer. This number is up from only 10% of Mac users on campus only 4 years ago. And this number could still be growing. This year, the University’s Student Computer Initiative reportedly sold more Macs than PC’s, with 60 percent of students choosing a Mac, up from 45 percent just last year. Students were offered a choice of Dell, IBM and Apple computers.
To be honest this doesn’t surprise me, when you consider that the new Intel Macs can now all run Windows (either through Parallels or Boot Camp for example) then you can get a Mac and still use Windows when you need to.
I do wonder though if this growth is reflected over here in the UK.
In the UK I have noticed at e-learning events with a predominantly HE prescence, I have seen many more Macs then I use to, I can recall when I was the only person with a Mac.
At FE dominated events, there are fewer (if any) Macs about.
Apple have launched their “Back to School” promotion in the UK.
University just isn’t the same without a Mac and an iPod. They make the tough stuff like reports, presentations and research a little easier. And the fun stuff like music, photography and movies a lot more fun. So whether you’re a new or returning student, a lecturer or a member of staff, you can kick off the school year in style. Buy a qualifying Mac before October 30th, 2007, and get an iPod nano via mail-in rebate.
…about the rumours of new OS X based iPods, these may be wireless and may have browser capability. We should know by about 7pm tonight.
Well by 7pm we did know. I checked out the details via my phone at the conference dinner.
Apple did announce a new iPod with a touch interface (aka the iPhone) which will be available worldwide and will be wireless, have a browser and run a version of OS X.
Whether I get one, different story, £200 is a lot of money for a touch interface. I already have devices which can play music and video and portable wifi capability as well.
Having said that , it would be nice to have one, then again do I wait until the iPhone is available in the UK and get the phone element as well?
Whatever I decide one of the key things to remember is that our learners will by buying this iPod, they will be buying other iPods, other mp3 players, new phones, etc…. and we need to think about how they can utilise those devices to support their learning.
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