What "Affordances" will the iPAD create for Learning?
Elliott and Gang...Do the Webex and GotoMeeting have video or audio only?Do you think there will a Bluetooth camera that will support video rich web conferencing soon?Theresa Goldberg - UN NYC
The sun was shining as we drove back up the Northway in Elliott's convertible. We had just been to the Apple Store to pick up several iPads and now I was playing with one. My first reaction was that, despite the bright sunshine, I could still read the screen. I found the virtual keyboard a bit cramped, but soon found myself modifying my typing to fit the smaller space. I had the same issue with the netbook, so it's not a new issue. I would not want to do much writing on the iPad; but for casual and short notes, it works fine. I'll be comparing it to my Kindle in future posts and thinking about how this and similar devices might transform the educational environment.
Elliott, thank you for the very thorough review from the learning industry & personal perspective. I'd just read an article in CNN money reviewing features and funcitonality -- your video is a fabulous complement. I look forward to following. I will own one of these in the next six months. Darla Highley, Madison Performance, Hinsdale, IL
A quick note: I've been trying to link my MacBook with the iPad so that I can copy my music files. My MacBook informs me, however, that it cannot connect to the iPad because the iPad needs a version of OSX. Curious.
A quick comparison between the iPad and the Kindle. Not to overstate the obvious, but the iPad has a very bright screen and the color range is impressive. In comparing one of my favorite ebooks, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the Kindle has trouble converting some of the French alphabetic characters; but the iPad keeps them as true as the day they were printed. That said, the Kindle's size remains one of its strongest attributes. I can slip a Kindle in my jacket pocket. The iPad would require a remarkably different fashion statement, perhaps reminiscent of Captain Kangaroo's original definition of "deep pockets."More as I explore.
With a stack of student papers to read (OK, they're electronic so the idea of a "stack" is metaphoric), I've found myself having difficulty staying away from the iPad. For the sake of honesty, I should confess that I'm bi: I work in a Windows environment at my desks and on my MacBook when I'm away from my desks. I love the MacBook's portability and its ability to connect to the Internet. When I'm writing in the corner of our local coffee shop or doing research in the periodicals division of the British Library, my MacBook is with me. However, for prolonged periods of writing, or spread sheets, or almost anything else.When Elliott asked me to contribute comments, he already knew about my monthly blogs for Oxford University Press; but he probably didn't expect these sequential comments. Nevertheless, here's the latest.I've been intrigued for several years by the possibilities of tablet computing in the classroom. I got my Kindle in part because I wanted to feel what reading was like, all the while wondering whether electronic readers could bipass the incredibly expensive textbooks our students have to buy. My opinion: yes! And the Kindle vs. the iPad as a classroom tool? No comparison. The iPad wins, hands down. We could significantly slash the cost of book purchases for students and eliminate many of those endless lines at campus bookstores. My publisher and my campus store might resent me saying this, but that's where I am. There are other questions, but I'm going to ruminate a bit more before reading papers and..., ahem..., playing with the iPad.