The use iPods in the classroom today offers unlimited possibilities for administrators and teachers. But the real benefits are for the students. An example could be a student who might miss a day or be struggling with a concept; they can watch a video a number of times on the iPod to help them fully understand the missed content. It also promotes interactive learning and more effective studying, by engaging students passion for electronics and gadgets, in addition to being cool and fun. They are finding ways to spend more of their idle time studying, thus freeing up moretime to have fun.
Doing my research for this article, I came across the following which I found very informative and I hope you will, too. 100 ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better can be found at 100 ways.
Duke iPod First-Year Experience discusses Duke University's distribution of over 1600 Apple iPods devices to first-year students in August of 2004. At least 15 fall courses and 33 spring courses incorporated iPod use. Foreign languages and music courses first, then other social sciences and humanities courses were added. These courses reported increased frequency and depth of student interactions. 60% of first-year students used the iPods recording feature as their most used feature for academic purposes. The article goes on to present the benefits and barriers with academic use. Most of the research findings were conducted during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 academic years. I am still trying to find a more current update.Duke Link however will lead you to the initial study summary.