Prof makes sure students can tune iPods to Lenten links
— reported by the Fairfield Echo
If you happen to see University of Dayton students strolling to class tethered to iPods, don’t assume they’re listening to the Arctic Monkeys.
It’s just possible they are filling their fertile brains with information on Lent.
When the Rev. Jerry Chinchar, a UD professor, launched Campus Ministry’s Lenten Web site several years ago, it was hailed as another fine example of cyber wizardry by the man known in academic circles as the “techno priest.”
But the clever Web master wasn’t ready to rest on his mouse pad. To keep up with swift advances in computer technology, Chinchar updated the Lenten Web site by incorporating blogs, hyperlinks and pod casts. Now the site speaks the same language as the community it was designed to serve.
IPods conquer the classroom
On this campus, teachers keep on dreaming up new ways to use it
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
The campus of Georgia College & State University boasts traditional college fare: spacious greens, historic architecture and a steady stream of students with the familiar white headphones of iPods dangling from their ears.
But here in the antebellum capital of Georgia, students listening to iPods might just as well be studying for calculus class as rocking out to Coldplay after the school’s educators worked to find more strategic uses for the popular digital music and video players.
At least 100 of the rural school’s employees are turning iPods into education or research tools — impressive for a college with only about 300 faculty members. But it’s more than simply making class lectures available — a practice now routine at many colleges and even a few high schools.
History professor Deborah Vess asks students to download 39 films to their video-capable iPods so she doesn’t have to spend class time screening the movies. Psychology professor Noland White has found a new-age answer to office hours: a podcast of the week’s most-asked questions.
And the 5,500-student campus has organized a group of staff and faculty to conjure up other uses for the technology. Called the iDreamers, the team bats around ideas that could turn iPods into portable yearbooks and replace campus brochures with podcasts.