Cell phones aside, I’m hard-pressed to think of another personal communications device or service that has dominated the pop-culture zeitgeist in quite the same way as Apple’s iPod and iTunes have. And for the last year or so, Apple has been using its hyper-popular companion products to allow schools and their students to tap into the power of digital media through “iTunes U.” (See story: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showstory.cfm?ArticleID=6071.) This free educational content management system allows instructors to post audio and video recordings of their lectures so that students may download them to portable MP3 players such as the iPod. Through iTunes U, students can access and download class materials at any hour and from any location with internet connectivity.

While this development is impressive in its own right, it’s made even more so by the breadth and depth of rich educational content available on iTunes, developed by educators such as yourselves. Visitors to the site can find podcasts and video clips ranging from grammar tips and language lessons, to standardized test preparation, technology integration tips, and other professional development content. Now, you can also find eSchool News’ own TechWatch, hosted by Managing Editor Dennis Pierce. To download this monthly video podcast covering the topical ed-tech issues of the day, simply launch iTunes, navigate to the “podcasts” section, select “education,” then select “educational technology.”

Using iTunes to access TechWatch is a great option if you want to take it with you on the go via a video iPod, or even if you simply want to use iTunes’ “subscribe” feature to make sure you never miss an episode. Of course, you can continue to catch each month’s edition of TechWatch at eSchool News Online, too: http://www.eschoolnews.com/video Ed-tech Calendar of Events

One of the most useful, yet under-the-radar benefits of eSN Online is our continually updated Calendar of Events (http://www.eschoolnews.com/cic/calendar/index.cfm). Education in general, and the ed-tech world in particular, is rife with many conferences, conventions, seminars, and other assorted events. Given educators’ busy schedules, it can be tough to keep track of professional development and networking events in your area. Our interactive, online calendar can help.

One of the calendar’s major benefits is that entries come from a variety of sources: eSchool News editors, educational organizations, school districts, and more. We hope you can find something useful to you here. And if you’d like to help spread the word about an educational event that you’re a part of yourself, simply visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/cic/calendar/addevent.cfm and fill out the online form. Assuming it’s appropriate, we’ll add your event to the calendar. New Educator’s Resource Centers

We’ve added several Educator’s Resource Centers to eSN Online in the past month, and I highly recommend you check them out:

GIS and Geographic Inquiry (Sponsored by ESRI) http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/gis/index.cfm

ccelerate Student Achievement (Sponsored by STI) http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/Data-informed/index.cfm

Collaborative Learning (Sponsored by School Web Lockers) http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/collaborative_learning/index.cfm

1-to-1 Computing (Sponsored by NComputing) http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/1to1computing/index.cfm

Also, be sure to check out NComputing’s special report on “More bang for your technology buck”: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStorysr.cfm?ArticleID=6912.