Thursday, August 27, 2009

iTouch/iPhone apps

The education department at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest has received two iPod Touch devices; portable speakers, microphones, and carrying cases for both iPods; as well as a Global Positioning System (GPS) device. The equipment was purchased via a grant from the South Carolina Geographic Alliance's teacher counsultant program.

In the short-term, visiting students will be able to use the equipment, in addition to Flip video cameras and personal digital cameras, to record their experience in the old-growth, cypress-tupelo swamp. One of the iPod Touch's features is "audio memos," which will allow students to digitally record their questions and impressions of the swamp ecosystem. Using the data and images that students collect while at Beidler Forest along with the various audio, video and digital resources available on the Beidler Forest webpage or through the education department, students will be able to create and share materials and presentations describing their experience in the swamp.

In order to package Beidler Forest-related data onto the iPods for use by visiting students as well as making the data available to other interested parties using iPod Touch or iPhone devices, we will be creating an application (app). We welcome anyone who can volunteer their knowledge or experience in creating apps using the Obective-C programming language.

Image by Mark Musselman

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