Re: [xmca] article on using IPods in classrooms

From: steve thorne (
Date: Fri Oct 21 2005 - 09:14:38 PDT

thanks, steve g, for the news article on ipod use in education.

there's quite a boom now in incorporating vernacular technologies
into educational practice. today's chronical of higher ed has an
article on stanford distributing pod-casts over apple's itunes --
i'll put the text into this message (below) for those who can't
access the chron website.

for those interested in technology-education issues -- a colleague
and i recently completed an article that examines the history of
technology use in language education. for full disclosure -- it's not
explicitly SCT/AT in orientation as it is primarily a review/thought
piece article that starts a special issue of a L2/technology journal
special issue, but it covers newer technologies and social practices
such as ipods/podcasting, blogs/blogging, wiki, intelligent
computer-assisted language learning environments/tools, and a
discussion of generational shifts in technology-communication
dialectics and how formal education is now lagging. in any event,
here's the reference and a link to a PDF of the article for any
interested parties:

Thorne, S. L., & Payne, J. S. (2005). Evolutionary Trajectories,
Internet-mediated Expression, and Language Education. The CALICO
Journal, 22/3: 371-397. PDF available at:



p.s. -- here's the chron article -----

Stanford U. Makes Podcasts of Lectures, Games, and Music Available
Through Apple's iTunes

Stanford University unveiled an arrangement with Apple Computer on
Thursday that makes hundreds of Stanford podcasts available free to
anyone through the company's popular iTunes Music Store. The podcasts
include lectures by the university's professors, music from its
students, and play-by-play descriptions of its football games.
Though several professors at other institutions have posted
individual lectures to iTunes' directory of podcasts over the past
few months, Stanford is the first university to make an institutional
commitment to offering podcasts through the Apple music hub. Apple
officials say they are also working with other colleges that want to
use iTunes as a repository for both academic and extracurricular
"We've used the iTunes store as a service to distribute their
intellectual content," said John Couch, Apple's vice president for
Apple essentially gave Stanford its own section of the iTunes store,
which anyone with the free iTunes software can visit by pointing a
Web browser to
So far about 400 audio files are available on the service, called
Stanford on iTunes. Examples include a lecture on speech disorders
that was given as part of a series on public health, a talk on "Sex,
Lies, and the Theatre: Shakespeare for Today" given last year during
the university's reunion, and a talk about technology given as part
of the Stanford Aurora Forum. Stanford officials said they planned to
add more material regularly.
Alan T. Acosta, director of university communications at Stanford,
said that some of the audio files had already been available on
various parts of the university's Web site. But by working with
Apple, he said, "we believe we can have a greater reach."
Although anyone can download the files, Mr. Acosta said the service
was primarily aimed at alumni. The Stanford Alumni Association is
leading the effort, along with the vice provost for undergraduate
education and the office of university communications.
The university is also using iTunes to offer podcasts of lectures for
seven courses in a separate pilot project that is accessible only to
Stanford students and professors. That service has been available for
several months.
Mr. Couch said that Duke University and the University of Michigan's
dental school were also using iTunes to distribute course podcasts on
their campuses. But those institutions have no plans to make the
coursecasts available free off their campuses, he said.
He added, however, that Apple officials were in talks with other
colleges to make educational materials available to the public
through iTunes. Now that the iTunes Music Store includes video, he
said, it can also be used to offer video clips and 3-D computer
animation that can be used in instruction. The company hopes to make
the store "more and more a repository for learning objects," he said.

>An interesting article on using IPods in classrooms.
>- Steve

Steven L. Thorne
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Associate Director, Center for Language Acquisition
Associate Director, Center for Advanced Language Proficiency 
Education and Research
The Pennsylvania State University
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