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My iPod as a personal learning tool

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 14 February 2007



My iPod as a personal learning tool
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Posted DateWednesday 14 February 2007 15:31 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I've talked before about how much I love my video iPod - not for the music but for the video podcasts! Take a look at TEDTalks. These video talks are BRILLIANT - I just LOVE them.

Every time I sync my iPod I get a few more downloaded - I don't even think about it and then on train or plane I discover them and watch them. So easy and these talks in particular are SO inspiring. Its a great way to learn.

But I have discovered another use. When in Hong Kong recently I bought a little stereo mike TuneTalk that plugs into the base of my iPod.

As I give lots of talks, if I am giving a new one - once I have thought it through in my head, I sit down and record it - no notes or written draft - straight to my iPod. I can then listen to it when and where I want and maybe rerecord it. But then the evening before the talk I play it through and then record it one last time - no notes no prompts - I just do it. If I am happy and I can then turn up and give the talk with confidence. I am also confident I have the timing right!

But here is the crunch - if 6 months latter I come to give the same talk again - guess what - all I need to do is play that final recording! Its on my iPod - its on my laptop. Within minutes I have reloaded the talk from archive into my short term memory.

Never ever thought I'd be doing this with it.

One thing I have yet to do though but is easy. Is to record the actually live talk to play back later. I could also publish them on my website. By the way one minute of recording equates to 1mB storage - so that's 20mB for a 20 minute talk.

So I am using my iPod more as a learning tool then an entertainment device though at times I still like to relax and enjoy my music.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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