There is a significant body of evidence from Educators which suggests that from an Educational perspective, iPads are indeed as “magical” as Apple would like us to believe them to be.
I have been using an iPad for the past 6 weeks and feel confident that it does 85% of what I use my PC, or Macbook to do: (Email, Facebook, Blog Writing, Film, TV, and Music), besides doing many other things which my PC or Macbook are incapable of doing. Put another way: “Given the choice between a top of the range iPad with 3GS and WiFi or an Entry level Macbook or PC, I would probably choose the iPad”. – (I don’t think this is choice anyone should be required to make.)
Here is part of a Speech I listened to a few months ago.
Source: Apple Inc. : So here it is, Jobs’ post-PC credo, in his own words:
Steve Jobs: How he sees the future of computing and his company in 229 words
I’ve said this before, but thought it was worth repeating: It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.
And nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices.
And a lot of folks in this tablet market are rushing in and they’re looking at this as the next PC. The hardware and the software are done by different companies. And they’re talking about speeds and feeds just like they did with PCs.
And our experience and every bone in our body says that is not the right approach to this. That these are post-PC devices that need to be even easier to use than a PC. That needs to be even more intuitive than a PC. And where the software and the hardware and the applications need to intertwine in an even more seamless way than they do on a PC.
And we think we’re on the right track with this. We think we have the right architecture not just in silicon, but in the organization to build these kinds of products.
And so I think we stand a pretty good chance of being pretty competitive in this market. And I hope that what you’ve seen today gives you a good feel for that.
Some Good Resources to get you Started
The Victorian Government iPads for Learning website:
In their own words: This website is for educators who want to learn about using iPads in education. Here you will find information about the Victorian school iPads for Learning trial including specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips.
ICTAC-MEMI iPhone Apps for Education
iPhone iPad and iPod Apps for Special Education
Redlands College – iPad Programme Portal
This wealth of information describes how Redlands use iPads in Education, which Programs are required and how students are expected to use iPads at school and at home for Education.
Some essential apps to get started: These Apps don’t necessary focus on education, but are likely to be useful on everyone’s iPad.
- Good Reader
- TuneIn Radio
- This American Life