The iPad: Sign of the times, but which way does it point?


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Some see the iPad as one more way for people to find endless distractions and entertainments, a nail in the coffin for those who seek to "amuse themselves to death." Others believe the iPad is the best exemplar to date of the possibilities for extending human abilities to learn, connect, and create via powerful portable computing devices. Either way, the iPad and its ilk deserve attention from educators considering the future of teaching and learning. This session will open a conversation about the possibilities, in the hopes of helping participants to move beyond their preconceptions and biases.

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The iPad: Sign of the times, but which way does it point?

  1. 1. The iPad: Sign of the times, but which way does it point? <ul><li>Jim Julius, Instructional Technology Services </li></ul><ul><li>Jesse Dixon, Recreation and Tourism Management </li></ul>
  2. 3. iPad hype
  3. 4. iPad hate - ?
  4. 5. But seriously <ul><li>+ </li></ul><ul><li>Size + display </li></ul><ul><li>Battery </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul><ul><li>Apps </li></ul><ul><li>iBooks </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking (camera, Flash, multitasking, USB) </li></ul><ul><li>Fingerprints </li></ul><ul><li>Apple + AT&T </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of device & apps </li></ul>instant-on access to content, connection, creativity locked-down, consumption-oriented overpriced hype
  5. 6. Determinism /Instrumentalism <ul><li>Tech = progress </li></ul><ul><li>Just a tool </li></ul><ul><li>“ Every technology contains dual impulses toward liberation and domination ...” </li></ul>
  6. 7. What are your concerns?
  7. 8. What are your hopes?
  8. 9. Content <ul><li>eBooks </li></ul><ul><li>discipline-specific resource apps </li></ul><ul><li>access to the web </li></ul><ul><li>diverse options for diverse learners </li></ul><ul><li>rich media playback of “classroom” activities </li></ul>
  9. 15. Connect <ul><li>ubiquitous availability of connections in and out of class </li></ul><ul><li>“ backchannel” during live sessions </li></ul><ul><li>easy access to collaboration tools </li></ul><ul><li>augmented reality </li></ul>
  10. 18. Bb mobile demo
  11. 20.
  12. 21. “ One fine day augmented reality will help to reduce the suck of boring lectures.”
  13. 22. Create <ul><li>Cognitive prosthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Capture and share ideas via voice, text, sketch, image, video </li></ul><ul><li>Send to yourself, your network, the world </li></ul><ul><li>Tighter integration of productivity tools into life </li></ul>
  14. 27. Thoughts?
  15. 28. Resources <ul><li> - list of iPad apps recommended for educators </li></ul><ul><li> - discussion of iPhone/iPad as a “lively sketchbook” with recommended creativity/productivity apps </li></ul><ul><li> - article on use of Evernote with eReader software </li></ul><ul><li> - article on sketchpad software and stylus useful for taking visual notes on the iPad (sketches, diagrams, free-form drawing, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li> - tool that allows for simple creation of iPad web apps combining audio, video, still images, and text </li></ul><ul><li> - long blog post positing that the iPad is truly a game-changer when it comes to computing devices and mobile learning </li></ul><ul><li> - post with links to different critiques of and supports for the iPad, addressing concerns about its supposed closed/consumption orientation </li></ul><ul><li> - a bit of hype on the difference iPad brings to the possibilities in the e-reading experience </li></ul><ul><li> - rundown of the shortcomings in the current iPad that are likely to be addressed in the near future </li></ul>