iPads in Education

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I have been an iPad user for the past year now and I have been looking for a way to make it more than just a toy.  My kids watch their cartoons on it, my husband watches YouTube videos on it and I mostly surf and check my emails, but I really couldn’t justify spending $600+ on this “toy”.


My prayers were answered and I found an incredible site recently - Yale Open Course (http://oyc.yale.edu/).  This is one truly amazing site.  Yale professor teaching courses from Astronomy to Spanish, you get access to all their lectures, you are get a real Ivy League education for FREE, yes, all the courses are available without a single penny thanks to a grant by the The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Looking for some additional uses for myself for the iPad, I immediately launched Safari and navigated around the site, and found a Physics I lecture from Dr. Shankar and was hooked every since.


Now to my frustration:  I had been consistently watching the lecture and bookmarking the webpage within Safari, but I have been equally frustrated that if I would close the “tab” in Safari I would lose my place, add and removing bookmarks and always yelling at anyone would accidently close the tab because I would loose my spot in the video.  This is of course was not a particular solution so I went to the trusty App Store looking for something that would work.  To my incredible surprise there are a lot of video apps out there, some free, some with lite version and some that were quite expensive.  I did a little research and downloaded a couple of apps plus I downloaded a downloading app so I could actually download the lectures going forward.  This method has been working ok but I haven’t been totally satisfied because most of the video apps are designed for watching movies.  I needed something different, something that was designed for “me”.

I found it yesterday.  Educa - Video Player and Downloader for the Net Scholar (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educa-video-player-downloader/id5029...).  You can set bookmarks in the lecture similar to how you would in some of the PDF annotating apps as well add notes.  To top it off it works great with Yale Open Courses for downloading the lectures directly into the app. 

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