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Jun 25 2007   1:47PM GMT

I aced my SATs (and how you can, too)

SarahCortes Sarah Cortes Profile: SarahCortes

OK, so I lied – I didn’t ace my SAT exam.  However, if I grew up as part of the iPod Generation, it may have turned out differently.  The New York Times has an interesting article today about Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions’ release of three interactive programs for the video iPod (and available at iTunes).

The next time you’re riding the train and see impressionable teens bobbing their heads, it may not be the beat of Jessica Simpson, but rather a mathematical stumper that they’ve just solved.  As the article notes, the exam is still a “pencil and paper” format; however, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this exam move to a digital format in the near future.

I’ll be interested to see the popularity of these Kaplan downloads, especially compared to all of the entertainment options that teens have these days.  As for me, I hereby return to my own iPod, where I’ve got podcasts loaded up from some technology sites, along with my current favorite – numerous podcasts from ESPN Radio.

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  • Alex
    Along with the headbopping SAT-studiers, I've noticed a lot of iPods popping up in Major League dugouts. Clever front offices at tech-savvy ballclubs (like, say, the statistically-obsessed Red Sox that you know and love, Dennis) have equipped matchup-minded pitchers with a yen for tech like Curt Schilling with every at bat they've had against a particular batter. Between innings or on the plane, it's a cinch for them to quickly scroll through how the batter handled each pitch in each scenario and apply that action to the next encounter. While the study hasn't helped Curt much in recent starts, the trend seems pretty clear: the combination of high capacity storage, digital video, easy editing and innovativ4e thinking may be bring more educational content (of all kinds) to an iPod near you.
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