Cool Stuff to Do With Your iPod

LEC 2007

Abstract: Learn how iPods can be used as a portable video library for your classroom, and how these
handy little devices can be used to present Power Point presentations. Imagine having all
your videos and presentations in your pocket and ready to use wherever and whenever you
need them. Do you have a video iPod? Would you like to buy one? Come and see how you
can justify your purchase as an “Educational Expense”. Maybe you can even get your
school to buy one for you!

Larger Version: Cool Stuff to Do With Your iPod (Google Presentations)

Know your iPod

Previous Generation
  • iPod Shuffle - audio/music only (512MB or 1GB)
  • iPod Nano - audio/music, photos, NO video (2GB, 4GB, or 8GB)
  • iPod Video - audio/music, photos, video (30GB, 60GB, 80GB)

Current Generation
  • iPod Shuffle - audio/music only (1GB)
  • iPod Nano - audio/music, photos, video (4GB or 8GB) 4 hours or 8 hours of video
  • iPod Classic - audio/music, photos, video (80GB or 160GB) 100 hours or 200 hours of video
  • iPod Touch - audio/music, photos, video, wireless Internet (8GB or 16GB) 8 hours or 16 hours of video

Connect iPod to your TV

Older Video iPods can connect to a TV using an Apple iPod AV cable ($18) that plugs directly into the headphone jack.
You can also use a standard camcorder video cable, but color coding is wrong. Just remember that
  • RED - Video
  • YELLOW - Audio Right
  • WHITE - Audio Left
Plug the iPod AV cable into the headphone jack of the iPod.
Connect the video and audio connectors to the video and audio inputs on your TV. Make sure the TV is set to the proper video input. (Video1, Video2, AUX, or LINE)
Set your iPod to play on a TV. Click on Videos. Click on Video Settings, and set your TV Out to Ask.
Find the video you want to play and click on it. Select TV On to tell your iPod to play the video on your TV. (The video will not play on the iPod screen if TV On is selected.)
The newer iPods cannot connect to a TV through the headphone jack. You must purchase a special Apple iPod Video cable ($49) that connects to the iPod Dock connector at the bottom. This cable is a bit expensive, but it also comes with a plug-in iPod charger.
  1. Connect the Video cable to the iPod Dock connector.
  2. Connect the video and audio connectors to the video and audio inputs on your TV. Make sure the TV is set to the proper video input. (Video1, Video2, AUX, or LINE)
  3. Find the video you want to play and click, or tap on it. The iPod will ask if you want to display the video on your TV. Select yes. (The video will not play on the iPod screen.)

iPod Basics

How to use iTunes to get music from a music CD, iTunes Music Store, or podcast. How to "sync" your iPod. This video tutorial from Apple explains it all!

Educational Videos - Where can I find them?

iTunes Store - Videos for $1.99 each. Video Podcasts for Free. - Free videos including some of those classic ones from the 40's, 50's, and 60's.
Discovery Streaming - (subscription service) Not only a just a great resource for videos. Also has photos and audio clips.
YouTube - That's right, I said YouTube. Even if it's blocked at your school, you can download and save YouTube videos at home, play them on your computer, or add them to your iPod. Here's how:


How to get photos on your iPod: Apple Support Document

Power Point to iPod

What is a Podcast?

Podcast: any audio file posted to the internet (typically mp3). Can be played on a computer or downloaded to a portable audio device.
Video Podcast (Vodcast): a video file posted to the internet. Can be viewed on a computer or downloaded to a portable video player.

Do you have to have an iPod to listen to a Podcast or a watch a Vodcast? NO!


Where to find them - The tool of choice is iTunes (free). Many radio shows are available as podcasts - Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk, NPR broadcasts. Many churches record and post podcasts from their weekly sermons.

Audio Podcasts

All these links will open in iTunes. The iTunes application will start and you will be taken directly to the page where you can listen and/or subscribe to each of these podcasts.

Make Your Own

All you need is a computer, microphone, and free recording software.
  • MAC: Garageband - Included with all Macs.
  • WINDOWS: Audacity - Free download
Podcast Hosting - There are several free sites that will host podcasts for you.

Video Podcasts

There are tons out there. NASA alone has 36 different audio and video podcasts. (Open iTunes and search for NASA.) I recommend you just open iTunes, click on podcasts, select Education, and start looking. If it's too overwhelming, here are some links that might get you started.

Examples of what YOU could do...

  • 1st Grade Audio Books - These first graders wrote stories and recorded themselves reading what they wrote. Their teacher posted their "podcasts" as 1st Grade Audiobooks Read by the Author
  • Radio WillowWeb – Wow! These kids have really taken student made podcasts to the next level. Great educational content from multiple subject areas, written and presented by elementary students. This would be a great model to follow when introducing your kids to making their own podcasts.


iPods in Education

A lot of iPod stuff I didn't have time to talk about. Includes Lesson Plans.

Apple iPod in Education Links

Main iPod in Education page on iPod learning lab: - Getting Started with iPod and iTunes in the classroom Guide