For many parents, there is no way getting around it: Their kids must have an iPod this year. Some schools like Brearley are even requiring it!
The 20-gigabyte iPod required by the school sells for $299 at stores but was made available to students for $269 through Brearley with Apple’s education discount.
Though the discounts not to much to get excited about, what is exciting is the fact that schools at a lower level (grades 7-12) and not just Universities, are incorporating the iPod for foreign language courses.
With the majority of students already owning an iPod, these students can use and learn many languages via the iPod. Presentations and learning through recording with accessories like the iTrip, enable students to hear their errors and ultimately improve upon their progress.
Apple claims that Brearley’s mandatory-iPod program is the first it has heard of in the US for secondary-school children.
However, undeniably agree that it is a great alternative to keep students engaged and interested in the classes and curriculum. Parents are ultimately hoping that this is not just another expensive hardware component for their child’s education much like the graphing calculator bought for his/her big sister years ago when they were in grade school.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.