iPods Make the Grade

Virginia Jewell is experimenting with a tech tool that many kids already own: Apple’s wildly popular iPod. Jewell, coordinator of educational technology for the Clarke County School District in Ga., recently launched a program through which ESL teachers record literature, music, and lectures for students to replay on their own personal devices. In the first phase of the program, educators post recordings on their personal Web sites and students download at will. In phase two, students can record their voices as homework. Stay tuned.

Matt Villano, former editor for CRN, is a California-based freelance writer.