Rural Georgia College Pushes For iPod Ingenuity

Nestled in the antebellum capital of Georgia, the campus of Georgia College & State University boasts traditional college fare: spacious greens, historic architecture and a steady stream of students scurrying about with familiar white headphones dangling from their ears.

But here, the students listening to their Apple iPods while walking between classes or glancing at them before catching a bus might just as well be studying for calculus as listening to the latest from Coldplay.

At least 100 of the rural Georgia school’s employees use the digital music and video players as an education or research tool – impressive for a college with only about 300 faculty. Rather than simply making class lectures available for download to iPods – a practice now routine at many colleges and even a few high schools – the school’s educators are pushing to find more strategic uses of the device.

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