It is fall again, the traditional time for students to pick up their books and head back to school. When I was a student books were in paper format, with covers and bindings, and margins you could write in. Today it is not unusual for books to be on CD, and computers are needed to read and study them. It makes for easy storage, but writing on the margins can be a real chore. Entertainment for students has changed as well. I can remember sneaking in a transistor radio so I could listen to the World Series (that was when the games were broadcast during the day). Today, students have other entertainment options that are available to them, most of which are used to help study, or pass the time while studying. One of the most popular items is the iPod by Apple Computers. Many colleges are providing them to students for use in their classes. Podcasting has become a very popular way to disseminate lectures and other information. Today’s Family First Site features a guide to iPods, and how they can be used in an educational environment.
Portable music has changed a lot since I was a youngster. I remember getting an AM transistor radio and listening to the World Series at school (that was when they played day games). Cassette tapes made it easy to take whole albums outside and listen to, and CDs, well, that has opened up a whole new world of portable tunes. Now solid state MP3 players are changing how we carry our tunes (and other information) around. My personal choice for an MP3 player is the Apple iPod. I searched many players and many types, but this is the one that I kept coming back to. What I found comforting in the iPod world, was the amount of user-to-user interaction on many websites. Today we look at one that I really feel is one of the best.