Home Office buys iPods for staff

The UK Home Office is turning to iPods to teach some civil servants leadership skills.

A Times Online report explains that twenty leading civil servants have been given top-of-the range iPods for the purpose, as the Home Office searches for a way to train staff in a constant way.

The twenty civil servants are using their iPods to watch video-based training courses when they get the chance to brush up their skills. Courses are presented by mamagement experts.

A Home Office spokesperson explained that the iPods host fifty three to five minute leadership lessons, and added: "As with other modern learning aids, video iPods provide the opportunity for flexible learning and the cost is extremely competitive compared with the rates for classroom training for senior staff."

The Home Office pointed out that delivering lessons on an iPod gave learners easy access to a great deal of learning, all of which could be recycled. "An iPod is portable, convenient and just an extension of e-learning."

The twenty iPods and associated software and learning packages cost the Home Office £8,800.

News source: MacWorld

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I'm pretty sure if the office bought any other MP3 players besides iPods (yes there are portable music player manufacturers besides Apple out there!) it wouldn't have made the news.

The UK Home Office Employees thank you for the Ipods....
keep up the hard work people so we can buy some more new gadgets..next we shall purchase a video game player for training.

ff's these turnips get paid enough get more time off work than most workforces and on top have superannuated pension schemes which will make them very comfortable in their old age.

Yet again my taxes chucked down into a bottomless pit.

If you can't do the job then get the hell out of it.

I am vexed.

Can I have an iPod?

I can't afford to buy one myself!

So what's more ridiculous- the fact that they've bought iPods for people to watch leadership seminars, or the leadership seminars themselves? If you're too stupid to know when to beat your direct reports with a bullwhip (in a constructive manner) and when to give them a dog biscuit and rub their noses, you ought to not be working in the H.O.

there are many video playing mp3 players that could have been better suited, but the overall cost wouldnt be much different. at least this way everyone using one knows how to use it

at least this way everyone using one knows how to use it

A sweeping assumption to say the least. I don't own any Apple products (I do have plenty of other gadgets so I'm not a Luddite), never have, and if I was given an iPod I'd be looking at the manual to find out how it works. Just because there is a saturation doesn't mean "everybody" knows how to use one: Cisco routers are pretty much prevalent throughout the Internet, therefore you should be able to use one. What's that? You don't? Shame on you.

mrbester said,

A sweeping assumption to say the least. I don't own any Apple products (I do have plenty of other gadgets so I'm not a Luddite), never have, and if I was given an iPod I'd be looking at the manual to find out how it works. Just because there is a saturation doesn't mean "everybody" knows how to use one: Cisco routers are pretty much prevalent throughout the Internet, therefore you should be able to use one. What's that? You don't? Shame on you.

In terms of a usability, a cisco router and an ipod have very little in common so this is a lame comparison. one of the main reasons for the ipod's "saturation" is it's simplicity and it's consistent interface

bobbba said,
In terms of a usability, a cisco router and an ipod have very little in common so this is a lame comparison. one of the main reasons for the ipod's "saturation" is it's simplicity and it's consistent interface

Who said anything about commonality? Cisco routers are everywhere. Perhaps there are more routers than iPods in use today. Why shouldn't that mean that as "everybody knows how to use an iPod", "everybody knows how to use IOS"? If you start from an illogical premise, you can only expect to have illogicality.

Also, what does an iPod have a consistent interface with? Oh, yes, other iPods. If you've never used one, how does the fact that it works the same as all the others you haven't used help?

mrbester said,

Who said anything about commonality? Cisco routers are everywhere. Perhaps there are more routers than iPods in use today. Why shouldn't that mean that as "everybody knows how to use an iPod", "everybody knows how to use IOS"? If you start from an illogical premise, you can only expect to have illogicality.

Also, what does an iPod have a consistent interface with? Oh, yes, other iPods. If you've never used one, how does the fact that it works the same as all the others you haven't used help?

I agree, popularity by itself is insufficient but if a signifcant factor behind their popularity is that they are easy to use it makes sense.

The iPod's interface is consistent with other iPod's and the many iPod rip off's. it simple and intuitive which is why it is so popular.

which device would you advocate them using instead, the one with around 50% market share which can be picked up quickly or the one which is a few £'s less, has less options and is unfamiliar to most because of it's 1% market share?