MACUL Conference regular Steve Dembo is presenting his last Thursday session covering the use of iPads in the classroom. The combination of Steve’s popularity at MACUL and the fact that iPads are Hot! Hot! Hot! right now are making this a pretty full session.
…and getting more full by the moment!
Follow Steve on Twitter. Steve’s presentation resources.
Even though Apple just came out with a new iPad (did you hear?),
Why is the iPad so significant? There are tablets out there with better features on paper. There must be something…Steve describes it as the “experience.” It’s not meant to be a laptop replacement…the first thing you have to do when you get one is plug it into a computer. It does, however, do a lot of things a computer does.
Is the iPad ideal for education? Steve (Dembo, not Jobs) says “Yes!” What makes it so…
1. Battery – It lasts for 10 hours if you’re using it full time, longer when you’re taking a break. Students could take it home and charge it up, bring to school, and not have to worry about charging them up during the day. So much different between having a classroom full of netbooks.
2. Social – Using an iPad is a social experience. They can be shared easily and actually used by multiple people at the same time.
Link: Bill Sweeny video.
3. Apps – Well, there are lots of apps…to say the least. Steve is sharing iFontMaker.
From Steve’s resource links…a list of schools using iPads and documenting what they’re doing. (Make sure you follow the resource link above.)
Link: iPads in Education
A sticking point in iPad projects is whether or not students have their own device and are not having to share it with others. But that then brings up the problem of buying and distributing apps, but Apple has created a Volume Licensing Program. Another topic to consider is which apps should be purchased? Steve is highlighting Discovery’s streaming app.
One of the criticisms of the iPad is that it’s a machine for consuming, not creating. Well, of course that’s not quite true. There’s GarageBand (and others). Also, would you really want to type a 15 page paper on an iPad? Of course not, but good apps are out there.
Posterous – Blog via email
Pages – Create a book
Steve is spending some time talking about jailbreaking iPads. Why would you jailbreak an iPad? To install apps that allow you more functionality. Should you do it in school? Probably not…with every new iOS version there’s less and less reason to do it.
Also highlighted in Steve’s presentation resources is the list of apps that he enjoys as well as the Education Apps Review web site.
Thanks for the session, Steve.