Early Morning in iTunes

First of all, I’m not really happy with iTunes at present. I recently posted podcasts of some of the discussions at the Downers Grove Summit, only to find that iTunes was only picking up the initial introduction file (there are four files in all). Then I re-posted the three main files as three new blog articles, so that they would show up as separate “items” in the RSS file. They do show up as separate items, but iTunes still does not pick them up. Does anyone know of an e-mail address to send “issues” to?

On other iTunes fronts:

    • Barnaby Wasson has posted a new interview from NECC in their Apple Distinguished Educators’ Podcast, and talk with Drexel University Education Director, William Lynch. They discuss Drexel’s iPod program and efforts to instill innovation in their education students.
    • Eric Langhorst, a master social studies teacher in Kansas, has posted his forth program (Speaking of History), and is talking about a Microsoft Innovators conference that he attended in Redmond. In proper podcast fashion, Eric is in route on I35 driving to Texas while recording the program. He has more audio from the conference on the way, but Eric talks about some of the similar problems faced by teachers around the world. This man makes a lot of sense.
    • I also rediscovered Engadget’s podcasts yesterday. Boy, iTunes sure makes it hard to track a subscription back to its original blog pages. “Listening Apple?” Anyway, although I pay a lot of attention to Engadget’s blogs, I find that I can only listen to so many acronyms before my brain starts turning to jelly. I’ll likely remove that subscriptions, though I’m sure there are many who eat this like candy.
    • Also on the high tech level, Kenneth Lim’s latest podcast program (Singapore’s premier education podcast, Ventriloquy) features my first look at AAC formated files and their potential for integrating chapters and visuals into an audio presentation. Very cool. It was difficult to discern details in the images, but the potential is certainly there. Thanks Kenneth for your pioneering and for your insights.
    • Finally, a new show from Ray and Hollye the youngster Physics and spanish teachers. I find this an interesting podcast, especially as these are young professional educators whose perspectives on technology are different from anyone my age. I especially enjoyed their episode about vacation with technology and their experiments with GPS and many hours at Panera Bread, taping into free WiFi. In this morning’s episode, the youngsters are talking about technology and their move into a new apartment.

Not much else to say. I’m preparing for an all day workshop in Myrtle Beach tomorrow. Someone has to do it.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.