I do not own a iPod. I have never even downloaded anything on one either. Needless to say the iPod is great and now instead of it just being something to listen to for musical pleasure or watching movies. It can also be used for educational purposes. In the article "History To Go Why iTeach with iPods" explains how convenient it is for grad students to use their iPod to record references with iTalk mikes in the library and also with the audio voice note function. This may sound difficult, but the students explain more people use this function, is the most useful and the easiest to use. The second article is concerned with the Australian Public Libraries. In order to keep up with modern communication levels the Queensland Opal Training Project explored inexpensive and practical methods. These technologies will improve online services and be more inviting for the younger generations. The last article I read is "Using Podcasts as Audio Learning Objects. Posting digital sound to the web and other mobile devices. One aspect I found interesting was the how podcasts can be used for the visually impaired. What better way for modern technology to promote education. Then to be more accessible. The podcasts can be recorded and listened at anytime and anywhere. Connivance is always a great selling point.
What I think all these articles and technologies have in common is they all promote positive educational tools for the student and teachers. If a person is a little computer literate they will be able to use all the gadgets mentioned. I don't think these new inventions will take over class time with the professor or become a nuisance, but I think these modern tools will make learning more fun and interesting.