Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
Hi Sam - my thoughts blogged today:
The biggest changes that I see impacting the educational value of iPad are video mirroring and the cameras.
I can instantly see how teachers can hook up to a projector and demonstrate some amazing things without having to go the route of purchasing an entire class set of iPads and figuring out new classroom management policies. There are actually some apps for the iPad that are better than what is available for the computer, and mirroring solves a big problem.
The second piece that I'm instantly excited about is the camera with iMovie on the iPad. I immediately imagined kids shooting and editing video on the best video camera I've ever imagined. I'm sure that tiny camera will have some limitations, but you can realistically have kids shooting, editing, and presenting all from one device, anywhere. Wow! Kids can incorporate video into Pages/Keynote projects.
I'm excited to see this in action.
The first Sync and Charge system for 16 iPads was released on the market yesterday in the US.
This system can be used as a desktop, stand alone unit, or it can be mounted within a cart or cabinet. It will take a few days to appear on internet searches.
This not a cheap product and will retail for over $1000.00 US.
I have this unit listed on my website. Please contact me for a direct link.
John J Caprice
Jonathan Nalder said:
Hi Sam - my thoughts blogged today:
Top 3 things that iPad 2 has going for it as far as education is concerned:1. Screen Mirroring – Almost from day one of the release of the original iPod touch, the number one question that educators have asked is “can I display the screen on a projector or tv?”, and the answer has been “no”, then “no, but yes if you use a document camera”, then “yes some apps can, but its still limited”. Now FINALLY, the iPad 2 (and presumably all iOS devices going forward) will support full screen mirroring of everything via the VGA cable or the new HDMI cable. For showing apps and using the iPad as a shared whiteboard etc, this is a huge leap forward.2. Lighter – apparently the new iPad is 15% lighter – just enough of an improvement to make it more usable by students. I know my first generation iPad does get heavy even for my adult arms after 15mins or so – for primary school students especially, the weight drop might be just enough to allow for extended mobile use of iPads without as much hand/arm strain.3. Price drop of the old model – for now at least, the iPad 1 has had its price dropped by large amounts – up to AU$200 on some models – so its a great time for schools with limited budgets (ie all that I know) to do a learning and management plan, then purchase iPads at the cheaper price point.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!
I won't give up my iPad, but the lack of Flash and a real file system are still serious classroom hurdles.