With nearly 100 million iPods sold, Apple's digital media player can be found everywhere. iPods are showing up in schools and they can be used as engaging learning tools. Teachers and students may already have their own iPods, just waiting to be used for teaching and learning. Some schools are spending money on these devices but may not be using them to their full potential. Sure, most people know iPods can be used for listening to audio and watching video, but there are many more features that educators can use.
I've added an iPod section to learninginhand.com that demonstrates the uses of iPods in education. Learn about functionality like syncing calendars and address book contacts, dictionaries, text files, PowerPoint slides, multiple choice quizzes, and other interactive content.
Unfortunately, iPods don't have the ability to run software applications like Palm handhelds and Pocket PCs. While this limits their usefulness, iPods can still do quite a bit to help teachers and students. Check out iPods in Education to see what iPods can do.