Duke University is the 1st to use iPods as a learning tool this fall when freshman will get one for free. According to a recent story on the AP, 1,650 iPods will be distributed to the new students loaded with school info, calendars of upcoming events, even Duke’s school song.
While most of us consider an iPod the latest and coolest in portable music devices (with one of the most original, colorful, and effective ad campaigns to date), iPods are also a must-have for long flights, studying, or sitting at a desk working for any length of time. But according to Apple, they can also be used as a “learning tool” (other than how to become your own DJ).
“The program fits into university plans to use more technology in teaching,” said Tracy Futhey, Duke's vice president for information technology.
What’s also very cool is that Duke plans to expand the iPod program by creating an iTune-ish website where students can download songs (as well as lectures and audio books).
Duke’s spending $500,000 on the iPod program and is giving grants for those who will be studying the program’s progress.
Perhaps soon college curriculum will include iPod 101 courses.