Thursday, April 8, 2010

iPad-Is this the future Tool of Education?

I'm Typing this post on the iPad, as the signature suggests. I've been using an iPhone since the first generation came out. The interface of the iPhone has been addictive and natural to me.

The screen always seemed a little small.

Now, I have my hands on the iPad. When it was first announced, I thought I was looking at a big iPod Touch. Then, the reviews started pouring in on release day. I decided I had to get my hands on it.

I have been using it for a little under a week now and have been enjoying every minute of it. Many people wonder what space this device fits into in the world of computing. I feel it fits into the lives of people who desire the best experience in the consumption of media on the planet.

Yes, it isn't a full-fledged computer. It doesn't multitask with third party apps, (Yet!). However, the simplicity of the device and the speed and grace of the interface make it the device I reach for to hop online, read e-mail, and enjoy my multimedia collection.

I have taken it to school the past two days. I've taken attendance on it. I've taken notes on student assignments on it. However, the big deal is, I've shown it to the kids. They are amazed and thrilled when they see this device. They also, and more importantly, instantly know how to use it. I see the education potential of this device to be limitless.

Imagine, all the content necessary in the classroom such as textbooks, videos, calculators, drawing tools, word processors, presentation tools, and other educational applications on one 1.5 lb. device that has an all day battery life. Think of the simplicity of managing one school tool instead of many different and often incompatible systems. Think of a walled application source where any applications used in the school environment are vetted and tested by one of the largest and most successful technology companies in the world before they are ever available for use.

I believe the iPad and other similar future devices are the mobile, technology rich classroom of the future. Schools and school districts only need to have the courage to reach out, take a chance, and embrace it.

Have a great Friday.


-- Post From My iPad

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