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February 25, 2010

iPod Touch being distributed to elementary schools and used in English classes

ipodtouch.pngThe iPod Touch is being distributed to elementary schools in Wakayama Prefecture and being used in English classes. The Japan Times reports that 'an elementary school in Wakayama has recently had an open English-language lesson using iPod Touch, with students watching video images of a native speaker on the small display of the digital handset.' A student commented that "This is better than the blackboard because we can get lots of information."

Is this the shape of things to come? Many schools in the US have been integrating the iPod Touch into the elementary school curriculum. There is now even a K-12 section within Apple store's iTunes University. Apple says that 'colleges, universities, PBS stations, museums, and other cultural institutions on iTunes U have created content especially for K-12 students. And hundreds of programs, documentaries, and exhibit tours are added all the time, keeping your classes far more up to date than any textbook ever could.'

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