Apple has certainly knocked one out-of-the-park with the creation of the iPad. It is truly a new category of device that augments and begins to replace my traditional computers. With instant on and a great battery life it is a go to device.
Using with students
The Computer Using Educators of BC have launched an ambitious program to put 11 iPads in the hands of teachers and students. We look forward to sharing stories from this initiative as we start in January 2011. My favourite iPad education blog is from Fraser Speirs.
Apps I can’t live without
Unfortunately I have to return my loaner iPad in January. Here are the apps that I’ll miss the most.
Wishes for the next version
Some point next year, Apple will release an iPad2. Here is my wish list:
- A camera with flash. There are endless possibilities for students to capture their learning and create digital presentations.
- Audio application built in for capturing and basic editing of podcasts.
- Performance. There have been a few times that the iPad felt sluggish. Faster processor, more RAM and storage will improve in the future. Also, note to apple, please let me have an expandable memory card slot!
I’d be interested in hearing from other educators and their initial experiences with the iPad.