Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
Hi Jessica - love to hear more about how you go - starting small works for a lot of people. And when volume licensing goes international..., well then expanding will be alot easier.
Jessica Allen said:
Hi Sam and Jonathan! Really liked your thoughtful insight into the top three reasons why iPad2 is better for education. As a school running a very small pilot program, I was really pleased to read your comment below. Thanks for reminding us to go cautiously as there are still many bumps ahead in the road. In particular, I appreciated your comment about those of us who are overseas who do not have access yet to the bulk pricing option. I am hoping that apple will address this problem soon so we can plan an even bigger roll out next year at my school. Does anyone know of any plans to take this international?
Jonathan Nalder said:What does the iPad not have yet for education? As mentioned above, the iPad is a consumer device – its not been designed with the needs of education in mind specifically. So we still need a good system for managing and syncing more than a few iPads. We also need clarity around education use off apps and iTunes content. The hope is that the app volume licensing program available in the US will be extended overseas and enhanced with provision for iBooks and music/movies as well as apps. For Mac users, the next version of the Mac OS (due in around 6 months) will reportedly include iOS device management built in. Until then, proceed with caution; join an online iPad in education community, and create a good learning/management plan as always!
Wish you were back downunder in April Sam so you could lend your expertise to Slide2Learn!