So we have audio books, and thanks to iTunes we have most audiobooks available for download to our iPods. But what happens if you don't have time to listen to that download of Romeo and Juliet for your English exam on Monday?
Download the SparkNotes for Romeo and Juliet and listen to them.
iPREPpress, an educational resource provider for iPods, has announced a partnership with the folks at SparkNotes to release their notes in audio form, for download to iPods (and other MP3 players, it is assumed). The audio versions of the notes will feature the same content as the print versions, including plot summaries, character descriptions, and quizzes.
So far, eleven titles are being released:
* The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
* The Catcher in the Rye
* The Great Gatsby
* To Kill a Mockingbird
* Lord of the Flies
* The Odyssey
* Pride and Prejudice
* Romeo & Juliet
* The Scarlet Letter
* A Tale of Two Cities
"The iPod is a powerful tool that can make selected educational material fun and convenient to access," said Kurt Goszyk, founder of iPREPpress. "Bringing educational content to the iPod is a natural step in the evolution of iPod content."
I've mentioned here before that I'm a big fan of the distance learning possibilities of iPods. I think that as more companies make things like this available as inexpensive downloads, we will see more learning done outside of the classroom. It can also make classroom time more profitable, as teachers can simply have resources available for students to download and listen to the night before. Less lecture time in class, and more discussion. Synthesis, understanding, rather than note taking.