The iPod can supercharge your learning. But it’s often a matter of finding the right software and content. Below, we’ve listed several new pieces of software that will let you suck more educational media (DVDs, web videos, audio files, etc.) into your iPod. And we’ve also listed some important pieces of content that will make your iPod a better learning gadget. So here it goes (and be sure to see our related piece 10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube):
1) Put Wikipedia on Your Ipod: Encyclopodia is a free piece of software that brings Wikipedia to the iPod. Encyclopodia can be installed on iPod generations 1 through 4, as well as iPod Minis. Definitely worth a try.
2) Watch DVDs on Your iPod: This free, open source software works on MacOS X, Linux and Windows, and makes it simple to load and watch DVDs on your video iPod. Here are some helpful instructions to get you started.
3) Load YouTube Videos to Your iPod: ConvertTube allows you to take any YouTube video and convert it to a format that works on your iPod. It’s as simple as entering a url and clicking “convert and download.” If you want to give the software a test run, try converting these UC Berkeley courses that were recently launched on YouTube. Or these Nobel Prize speeches.
4) Make Other Video Formats iPod-Ready: Lifehacker recently mentioned three other pieces of software that will make a variety of other video formats iPod-ready. For Windows, see Videora; for Mac, see iSquint. Or more generally see Zamzar. In a nutshell, these items will turn a wide range of video formats into the one video format (MPEG-4) that your iPod likes.
5) Convert MP3 files into One Big iPod Audiobook File: Downloading free audiobooks can often require you to work with a series of separate mp3 files, which can make things rather cumbersome. This software does you a favor and mashes the files into one manageable file. And it has a feature that will let your Ipod remember where you stopped if you decide to take a break. (If this one appeals to you, be sure to see item # 10.)
6) Create eBooks for the iPod: This bit of software turns text files into ebooks that you can read on your iPod. After you load a text file, it will make the text readable through iPod Notes (which you can find under “Extra Setttings”). Then, voila, a portable text. Thanks to Pachecus.com for pointing this one out.
7) Record Web Audio and Move it To Your iPod: Designed for Macs, iRecordMusic enables you to easily record audio from web pages and Internet radio streams. So if you’re surfing the web and find a good piece of streamed audio, it lets you record it and then transfer the media to your iPod. The only downside is that the software isn’t free. It will run you $24.95, but it may well be worth it. You can download a trial version here.
8) Get a Civic Education on Your Ipod: This site allows you to download to your iPod ten important documents that any educated American should be familiar with. The texts include: The Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, Bill of Rights, Louisiana Purchase Treaty, Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, Civil Rights Act, and several others. (Note: You can also download here an iPod version of Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary for $9.95.)
9) Load Maps onto Your iPod: If you travel to New York City, Paris, Berlin or Moscow, how will you find your way to the museums? iSubwayMaps is the answer. It lets you download subway maps from 24 major cities across the globe. You’ll only need an iPod with photo capability and you’ll be good to go. (By the way, if you want to load Google Maps to your iPod, here is a tutorial that will explain how.)
10) Study Foreign Languages, Take University Courses, and Listen to AudioBooks on Your iPod – All for Free: Ok, so this is a cheap but worthwhile plug for some of our richest podcast collections. Our Foreign Language Podcast Collection lets your learn over 25 different foreign languages. Our AudioBook podcast collection will give you portable access to 100+ classic works of literature and nonfiction. And this university podcast collection provides access to over 85 courses recorded at leading American universities. Not bad, if I say so myself. For our complete podcast library, click here.
Know of more software or content that will supercharge your iPod? Feel free to list them in our comments. And if they’re good, we’ll happily add them to the list.
For more great iPod utilities, see the recent features by Lifehacker and Pachecus.com.
Great post Dan!! and thanks for adding my link
Thanks for the great post! I have blogged about it over at the EDC blog.
Thanks Valerie and John. Appreciate it!
How about watch PowerPoint on iPod.
Since MPEG-4 video is suitable for all iPod devices, Acoolsoft PPT2Video Converter meets all your demands. With this product, you can simply convert your PowerPoint slides to MPEG-4, and then import it to iPod or sync with iTunes, after a few steps of operations; your presentation will be readily to play on your iPod Touch. Further, one of the most advantages brought by this product is that the video made from your presentation keeps all the charmingly animations, transitions retained.
Add the 11th way.
Play PowerPoint presentations on your iPod video.
Enjoy and learn on the go.
To do this, we must convert PowerPoint presentations to video formats with a PowerPoint to video iPod converter
Wondershare PPT to iPod is the tool which can convert PowerPoint presentations to MP4 video to put on iPod.
Here’s another neat language learning link.
Hope they get more languages out.
Also try podLoadr (www.podLoadr.com) that lets you load any web content onto your ipod.
If you own Keynote, Apple’s presentation software, you can export directly to your iPod or QuickTime.
Some of the solutions listed above are great but require a purchase. I you don’t have the funds and if you have a Mac you can get your PowerPoint on an iPod for free. Just export your PowerPoint presentation as a series of jpgs, open them in iPhoto then export them as QuickTime movie.
Also, don’t forget that PowerPoint for Mac can export your PowerPoint presentations to QuickTime .mov format.
One thing that should be noted is that you might want to create your presentation with the small screen size (and text) in mind.
“Put Wikipedia on Your Ipod.”
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
I mean, why would anyone want to carry around an iPod load of misinformation, bias and otherwise questional data?
Friends don’t encourage friends to use Wikipedia.
Come on… Youtube as a learning tip? Who are you kidding?
It’s fun, but I wouldn’t call it educational.
YouTube is just a medium. If you use it to watch courses from UC Berkeley, it’s educational. If you use to watch something non-educational, it’s not.
That’s exactly what I’ve done when I get Creative ZEN 8GB for last Xmass :)
Everything is always iPod, but what about the Creative ZEN?
iPod’s aren’t the only mp3 player. What about the Creative ZEN? Creative invented the ipod’s interface and get no recognition. Apple stole it from Creative. ZENS are better than the iPods. They support WMA, which means they can download ebooks, whereas the iPod can’t. ZENs also have a higher resoultion screen – ZVM has 262,000 colors – 4 times that of the iPod’s 62,000 colors. new ZEN has 16.7 million screen, iPod has only 90,000 colors. ZEN supports more formats the iPod. ZENs also have a built-in FM Radio & Microphone recorder, iPod’s don’t
Also, add free audio stories to your iPod from sites like WellToldTales.com and EscapePod.org.
I mean http://WellToldTales.com and http://EscapePod.org
;) wanted to get those links in!
We created a how-to video marketplace called MindBites to do just this. Anybody can create and publish lessons for others to purchase and view on their iPod or mobile device. Check it out@ http://mindbites.com
I have tons of mp3 players but my personal point of view is nothing can beat iPod. In Asia, there are plenty of iPod copycats but still not even one can compare to the original iPod eventhough , it came from the same factory in China. …Whatever it is, it depends on what you use on the iPod or mp3 players for. Education is very important today as it is the information era. So use it to the max. Enjoy your iPod http://www.free-ipod-download.com
If you want to install iPod Video Converter you can follow this guide: http://www.mconverter.net
iPod Video Converter for Mac is powerful, easy-to-use Mac video conversion software adapted to be installed for Mac users which convert video file between all popular video formats.
I love this: PowerPoint to Video Converter
Why don’t create some free ipod movies?
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Thanks for your sharing , they are truely good ways to Make iPod a Better Learning Gadget .I like load YouTube Videos to Your iPod and watch dvd on ipod.
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I purchased IPod specifically to listen to audio learning information.
Check out http://www.playsay.com/edu they are offering free digital language flashcards that you can download to your Ipod and cellphone.
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