iPod Duke University iPod Program A "Mistake"...

Pismo

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That's the problem with old fart professors. They never conform to new trends. The iPod can be a viable tool. I bought a Griffin iTalk to connect to my iPod so I could record the lectures when I was in college last year. Saved my butt a few times when I feel asleep.

I read on CNN.com that Duke is renewing the program with Apple and the students love it. Oh yeah, who gives a damn what the faculty thinks?
 
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clayj

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Pismo said:
That's the problem with old fart professors. They never conform to new trends. The iPod can be a viable tool. I bought a Griffin iTalk to connect to my iPod so I could record the lectures when I was in college last year. Saved my butt a few times when I feel asleep.

I read on CNN.com that Duke is renewing the program with Apple and the students love it. Oh yeah, who gives a damn what the faculty thinks?
This editorial wasn't written by the faculty... it was written by STUDENTS. And their whole point is that renewing the program is a mistake, since the iPods have been terribly ineffective so far and, starting with next semester, they will only be given to people who enroll in particular courses (creating "iPod courses"), often for the wrong reason ("Ooh, I get an iPod if I sign up for Comparative Anthropology 101!").
 
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roadapple

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This never made sense to me...

"They got lots of publicity and such out of it" - This is Duke, not your local community college or SW State U.

"I bought a Griffin iTalk to connect to my iPod so I could record the lectures when I was in college last year. Saved my butt a few times when I feel asleep." - I used to tape my survey and history lectures with a micro tape recorder, then play them back if I needed to, that was 10 years ago.

iPods in the general classroom are not worth the cost, and can’t %95+ of Duke students afford one anyway?
 
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CubaTBird

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clayjohanson said:
... according to a staff editorial in Duke's very own "Chronicle" newspaper. Having read it, I gotta say I agree with them... iPods just aren't good classroom tools.

site don't work.. can't dl it.. wah?
 
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WildCowboy

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no problems here, either...what browser are you using?
 
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