A few weeks ago I picked up a 30 GB Video iPod through a class at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. So far, I have found it to be quite handy for use in the classroom. I have downloaded a few video podcasts, such as “Ask an Astronomer” and “NASA Brain Bites” to compliment the solar system unit my 8th grade students have been studying. So far the kids seem to love the podcasts and are actually learning something from the clips.
At the iPod class we were given iPod AV cables for use in my classroom and they have been a great resource I didn’t even know I needed until after I received them. All previous videos I have shown to my students have played from my laptop through an LCD projector. The only downside to this set-up is that if I am showing a video to the students I am unable to use my laptop while the video is playing. For a 2-3 minute video clip this is no biggie, but having no computer use during a 30 minute video for a multi-tasker like me is killer. I have found that if I download the video clips to my video iPod I can connect the video iPod directly to the LCD projector using my AV cables and I have my computer back! On a side note, one of my co-workers (Lisa) and her husband figured out how to hook up her iPod using the cables from their video camera. If you know Lisa ask her how and she might be able to help you.
Finally, last but not least I have even figured out how to use my iPod for the trips I will be taking this summer. Like many of you I have a TiVo, but I don’t seem to have the time to watch all of the shows it collects to me. The few road trips and flights I have planned this summer will be the perfect time to catch up on some mind-less realty TV. With the Videora Converter (http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPod/) you can convert TiVo and other PC video files to MPEG-4 files that play on your video iPod. I have my TiVo connected to the wireless network in my house, so all I have to do is download the show to my PC over the network and let Videora convert the file. It does take some time, so I usually set it up to download and convert in the middle of the night and I wake up with shows ready to watch in the morning.