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Educational Software Thread, ITunes in Classrooms in Technical; Could I make a very simple suggestion? The teacher needs a set of iPod speakers. There are cheap mains-powered and ...
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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    Could I make a very simple suggestion?

    The teacher needs a set of iPod speakers. There are cheap mains-powered and battery powered ones available that produce sound quality plenty good enough for broadcasting a PodCast in the classroom

    The ones my kids use at home (far too loudly!) seem up to the job and they bought them!

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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    @Elsiegee40 - we may just go down that road, after all. :-)

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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    If you're going that a route then as Geoff said a standard set of Desktop speakers would work. You could even plug it in to a Smartboard setup if you have a line in port with speakers.

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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    sometimes we need iTunes for lessons so what we do is install it and get rid of the shortcut. When it is needed put the shortcut into a shared network drive.

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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    I was Toying with the idea of using itunes in music, at the moment they put their projects on the shared drives as mp3's and then the Head of Music moans about going there to play them, even though he has the shortcut straight to the area.

    I was going to purchase an AirPort Exress With Airtunes and let them broadcast to it, but the only problem is it can be played from any PC with it installed on the network.

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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    An idea might be to host iTunes on a server and allow it to be shared (password protected). I have only done this to be used on a handful of machines and it was not too much of a hassle.

    If you want multiple people to use the same iTunes library at the same time ... it just does not work like that. A bit of a pain when you want to create a bank of royalty free sounds for students to be able to use in their media projects.

    I am also starting to play with AppleTV. We have one that will go to Science during the year so they can pull down videos of experiments that we will be videoing. Partly it is a proof of concept, but partly it will also allow them to play with something different and see what they can make of it.

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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    What about using Floola or SharePod? These programs can saved to the iPod's hard disk and run from there. Both will allow you to then play music from the iPod on any PC it is connected to.

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    Re: ITunes in Classrooms

    In our rooms we had speakers mounted either side of the whiteboards with an amplifier plugged into the PC and phonosockets mounted on the wall for additional inputs.

    If you've got something like that maybe plugging the ipod in directly would be more appropriate as opposed to the software route. This way you can garuntee the kids are listening to the podcast as opposed to playing around and listening to whatever if they're using headphones.

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