iPod Touch Basics

Now that you’ve got your feet wet, we’ll introduce Week 2’s topic: iPod Touch Basics.  This module will guide you through activating your iPod Touch with gestures, and creating and organizing apps using folders.  So let’s get started!

What is it?

In a nutshell, the iPod Touch is a portable media player.  With built-in wireless access to the internet and a range of built-in ‘apps’ (short for software applications or programs) it allows you to create, share, collaborate and store rich media content anytime, anywhere.

The iPod Touch is made by Apple (the same creator of the iPad and iPhone) and all three devices work using Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.  The great thing about iOS is that it also works well with Mac and Windows-based desktop computers.  This is very handy when you want to transfer files from one device (iPod Touch) to another device (your laptop, home or office computer).

This module will show you how the iPod Touch works. You’ll also Discover how you can create your own folders to store and organize apps and Engage with other useful activities such as taking screenshots from your device and syncing your iPod Touch with iTunes Desktop.  You’ll be able to Reflect on your own experiences with this module through a blogging activity.

How it works

The iPod Touch is a sensory-touch device and to operate it you need to touch the screen.  How? Well, great question!  Here are 8 different gestures you can use:

Image is ‘Gesturecons’ created by Ryan Lee and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Each gesture ‘activates’ the iPod Touch to perform a particular task or function.  Th

ese functions may vary, for example, ‘tap’: if you are on the home screen, this will open an app.  If you already have an app open, a ‘tap’ will activate the menu function.  The best way to learn about gestures is to try them out!


Let’s get started!  As you begin adding more apps to your iPod Touch, you may want to look at customizing folders to help you store and manage them.  You can create customized folders for your apps in two ways: using the Touch and Hold gesture on the iPod Touc

h device, or using iTunes desktop on your Mac or PC.

Create a folder on the iPod Touch:

This short video tutorial demonstrates how to move and delete apps, and create an app folder on the iPad.  However, the functionality is the same for the iPod Touch.  Note: The iPod Touch dock uses 4 apps as opposed to the 6 apps on the iPad dock.

Create a folder using iTunes desktop (on PC):

Syncing your iPod Touch with iTunes Desktop:

Synching your iPod Touch with iTunes Desktop allows you to transfer and update information from one device (iPod Touch) with another device (iTunes Desktop).  Watch this short tutorial below to learn about syncing:

Take a screenshot of your iPod Touch:


Try out what you’ve learned with these activities:

  1. Group your social media apps into a new folder and label it with your WordPress username
  2. Take a screenshot of your new folder using the iPod Touch
  3. Upload your screenshot to your blog


Now that you’ve tried the activities why don’t you tell us about it on your blog:

  • Gestures: Were any new to you? Did they function as you expected? Did you come across any problems? Did you find any gestures not listed above?
  • Folders: How do you think you might use folders to manage  your collection of apps?
  • Screenshot: Tell us about your experience inserting your screenshot into your blog.

We look forward to hearing from you!


iPod Touch Home Page – screenshot image created by author

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Kit Hard. (2012, June 25). Moving apps, deleting apps and creating folders. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oaQlKV0ZY3E

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This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Tracy Maniapoto for Rice-Aron Library. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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