I'm totally in on getting together online or in person to talk about this stuff.
The IPod cart sync has to happen on a mac. The PC's don't work well and are not recommended when trying to sync a bunch together. I am using an old model G3 IBook running Pather with ITunes V9 to do this so it doesn't have to be anything too fancy.
You can backup your ITunes library in ITunes. It puts the backup here:
C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data
Then copy your whole My Music folder and Docuements and Settings folder off the host computer to some backup location. Then you can put it back down after reimage. In ITunes you can authorize the library on the newly reimaged machine. I just bought a $15 ITunes gift card to set up our school account and up to now have only used free apps. There are so many free ones I am going to exhaust them before I start buying any.
We are not brave enough yet to loan the Ipod Touches out overnight so we haven't loaded books on them yet. We are just using podcasts and apps for now in school - ITunes University has some amazing podcasts to download.
Thanks for the great links.
>>> Lucie deLaBruere 04/21/10 3:04 PM >>>
I am watching a groundswell of projects that use ipods, itouch, mp3 players,
and doing lots of research on "management" of devices and resources for
So here goes a few questions and a few great resources.
Resource #1: Tony Vincent's Site (Learning in Hand) rocks (and the
"search" features has allowed me to find many of my answers.
Resource #2: INCREDIBLE prices on accessories (Cases for as low as $1.00,
chargers for $3.00, etc)
Question #1: We can't seem to connect to the Itunes Store using Windows 7.
Error: "Itunes could not connect to Itunes Store. Make sure network
connection is active".
We can connect to all other Internet Sites. It seems to be a firewall or
proxy setting issues, but no solutions I've found online seem to work, yet.
Question # 2. We are considering using a Self powered USB hub to manage a
small set (15) for one classroom project. Anyone try this yet (on a PC).
Great discussion here:
http://edtechbytes.com/?p=173 (not ready to get the CART yet, since I have
heard mixed results related to it, especially if you are not using an Apple
Question #3. BACKUPS... Since "imaging" is our main troubleshooting
method, I want to make sure we have thought through backup up and restoring
itunes libraries. What happens if a "authorized" computer crashes and needs
to be re-imaged, how do you "unauthorize" it.
Lots of questions...
As I watch 3 different projects involving these from a birdeye perspective,
I see that coordination between these projects will be very important.
What happens when the classroom with itouches, or the administrator with an
itouch wants to borrow a book from the "library" audible account.
Would love to form a braintrust with any of you dealing with these issues.
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