They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Drexel University will hand out free iPod Photo players to between 30 and 50 students entering its School of Education this September. Educators hope to use these devices to spark innovation and curiosity among students through an instrument most students would want to carry around anyway.
This announcement comes days before Duke University completes an evaluation of its own iPod experience program. Last fall, Apple Computers and Duke gave about 1,650 iPods to the members of the entering freshman class. Although Duke professors and administrators have said they were pleased with the project overall, students have reported that the primary uses of the devices have been recreational rather than educational. Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology officials were unaware whether Drexel administrators had contacted Duke for technical or practical advice.