Friday, April 30, 2010

Pass That iPAD - Collaborative Instincts

My iPAD gets passed around a lot.  Sure, at first it was fascination and newness.  People wanted to touch the new and much hyped gadget.  But, several weeks later, I find myself passing the iPAD around - in an collaborative sharing sense - as I read and work.  Some examples:
  • Read This Article: I find an article in an online newspaper and I am very likely to hand it to a colleague or friend sitting near me.  I rarely would pass around my laptop, but the tablet form factor goes around with ease.
  • Shared Apps: I was making a plane reservation, using Kayak.  I passed the tablet back and forth with a family member, as we were deciding where and when to travel.  The easy interface allowed two people to work on the tablet in close sequence and back and forth.
  • Touchable Data: I have started to experiment with taking spreadsheets on the iPAD and handing the data to colleagues to move, manipulate and touch the data.   Some cells will be locked and others open for slider like, ":what if" simulation.
  • Jury Duty: This morning, I talked with a group of 100 lawyers and we brainstormed ways that a tablet could be used in a jury trial, to allow the members of the jury to touch and manipulate photos and documents - in an personal and upclose way - within the permission boundaries set by the judge.
Watch for applications that are back and forth.  From games like chess to brainstorming that will allow not only ideas to flow, but the "passing of the PAD" as a part of the process.

2 weeks of iPading in Germany

Below are my impressions after two weeks of iPading in Germany. The iPad is such a multifunctional device that I have really had a hard time capturing my insights in a somewhat short summary...

Expectations before I got the iPad
As an Advanced Learning Technologies Program Manager I love researching  new technologies. Like many others, I was somewhat uncertain about the potential application areas of the iPad and very excited about being part of the iPadLearningLab Team exploring the affordances of this new device for Learning.
First hands-on impressions
When I first held the iPad in my hands I was just totally impressed! It is smaller and thinner than I expected with a bright and colorful display. Simply a masterpiece of design and technology. The smooth and intuitive gesture based navigation is amazing. Surfing the web with the Safari browser is a very seamless experience. It almost eliminates the need for specific web apps as you find them on the iPhone unless you require notification options (e.g. FaceBook) or have to overcome content type restrictions (e.g. for Flash based content). Typing on the touch-based keyboard works surprisingly well  (and fast!) especially in the enlarged landscape mode.
Apple claims ten hours of battery life, which I expected to be based on non-CPU intensive applications. Turned out differently: I attended web casts, played games, watched movies and the battery status did just not go down. With a remaining 20% of battery life I watched a 2 hours movie. Amazing!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Views of a Total Beginner

Kevin has been using my iPad for about an hour. Here are his instant reactions:

For less than $500 it is a great device. Wonderful to read from. "Great for news, email, finances, calendar and Facebook. He adds: for most of the things I check regularly it is great. Most things I do on line I do through a browser so this is perfect."

He loves the speed of the iPad and the ease of using it. "Google apps really fly. Can't think of many reasons not to use them all the time".

So he must have some reservations: "haven't quite calibrated my finger yet!"

And as a learning device: "perfect! Comfortable and easy to access multilayer resources. It is new, not a phone, not a lap top or a tablet PC. And it has slipped right into my life in less than an hour."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Overcoming the Hindrances of iPading in Europe

Elliott recently asked me to share my initial thoughts on the "Affordances of iPading in Europe". While I would love to write a glorifying report on the broad range of European application scenarios, reality still looks somewhat different. Let me therefore start off by exploring the current "Hindrances of iPading in Europe", which Nigel Paine has also been facing, and focus on the affordances in future posts.

Hindrance No.1 -- Getting an iPad
As you may know, international sales of the iPad have been pushed out for at least a month due to the strong demand "at home". This makes getting an iPad the first hindrance for European users. Apple ships iPads only to the US. Unless you are planning an oversea trip, you need to find a third party with a US address to ship it to you.

Hindrance No.2 -- Getting access to the iPad App Store
You have successfully overcome "Hindrance No.1" and are holding an iPad in your hands. Before you can do anything with it, you must connect it to iTunes on your PC/Mac. This is when the iPad gets set to your iTunes country location and language defaults. After this procedure your iPad comes up with a localized user interface (mine was German) and is ready to go. You configure your wireles lan, play around with the default installation but what you really want is access to Apple's "whole new world of iPad apps"!

Unfortunately, the European iPad App Stores are still closed and you can neither access your regional store via iTunes on your PC/Mac nor launch it from your iPad (hitting the App Store button results in an error message). European iPhone users are probably familiar with the challenges of the regional iTunes store concept (you can e.g. not redeem gift cards from other countries in your local store).

Monday, April 26, 2010

First Impressions of the iPad in the UK - From Nigel Paine, former CLO - BBC

Note: The MASIE Center provided an iPAD to our colleague, Nigel Paine, former CLO of the BBC and a MASIE Learning Fellow.  Since the iPAD is not released in Europe yet, he is a rare user in London.  Here are his first impressions from a Learning Affordances perspective:

Two days in! And the battery still goes on and on I am down to 56% and that must be easily after 10 hours of radio and video and browsing of all kinds. This is seriously impressive. I have charged my phone three times over that period.

The screen size changes the touchscreen experience. It is more 'natural' and in proportion to finger size than the iPhone screen so working with websites is tremendous IF there is no flash. About half the sites have flash (I have discovered) including the BBC site which is like a giant flash repository. Can't see movies, stream any radio or tv and often can't see photos or interviews or the news synopsis. This is very frustrating as the BBC is my home page site. Something has to give: flash or apple's refusal to embrace it. But for first time users, this could be frustrating and for -say- and academic recommending links to her students, use limiting.

BUT the interaction with the internet and some Apps is like a window on the world of learning. You peel back the layers and engage with the material in an almost tactile way. This is potentially the best learning device I have ever used.

I shared three extension gestures for learning: draw a square to pop up a note; draw a ? for contextual help, and draw a spiral for drill down to more links and connections and maybe drill up to front page. These suggested themselves before I had touched an iPad. Now I can see the immediate value. Now, if I want to write a note I have to 'copy' the text, come out of the App or web page, launch notes and then 'paste'. It's okay but fiddly and you are not guaranteed to go back -eventually- to the same place.

Friday, April 23, 2010

iPad on Campus: Week 3

As the hype recedes and reality sets into campus thinking about the iPad, one particular question arises for some IT administrators: how many students will be arriving in the fall with their own iPads? Anticipating that question represents more than an idle office pool. On the one hand, the helpdesk needs to plan for the kinds of questions students (and faculty) will bring regarding its functionality. On the other hand, knowing how we can best take advantage of this technology at the point when it appears can make us better educators. Indeed, being prepared at that critical point will help us to shape iPad culture.

The visual richness of the iPad makes it ideal for viewing images and reading documents. Are our webpages accessible to iPad users. Already, I’ve found myself re-editing my webpages to remove Flash buttons and images which the iPad leaves blank. I’ve already used an app that Elliott suggested called Goodread as a way to view and store documents on the iPad and I expect we will see similar developments in the future.

e-Learning on the IPad? Your predictions and questions, please!

So, how might e-Learning designed for the iPad evolve?  We would love to get a robust list of comments, predictions or questions about what devices like the iPad may "afford" e-Learning developers and designers.
  • Format or Activity Changes?
  • Social or Shared Use Options?
  • Gesture Based Affordances?
  • Other?
Please add your comments below.  Thanks! The iPadLearningLab Team

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2 Weeks of Wall Street Journal iPading - Changing Reading Affordances

For the past two weeks, I have shifted my daily reading of The Wall Street Journal to the iPAD.  I wanted to experiment how reading on this device impacted my style and approach -- as well as explore the "affordances" that iPAD newspaper editions might contain.

A few immediate changes:
  • It is more social! Perhaps it is new, but I find myself often handing an article in the digital Journal to a friend or colleague to scan in a coffee shop or my office - triggering a dialgoue.
  • I send more articles! Every day, I find myself sending 2 to 4 articles via the embedded email function to people - to extend the conversation.
  • I clip and save more! I rarely saved a paper article and even when reading in the laptop edition, my saving was minimal.  Now, I find myself clipping and accessing more content.
  • I check embedded stock prices. As I read articles about public companies, I am doing way more real time checking of stock prices.
  • I scan all articles with section based table of contents and then drill down relative to my interest.  Net impact, I read more and more efficiently.
I am quite intrigued to see how the format of iPAD newspapers will change.  I would love to have these additional affordances:

Sunday, April 18, 2010

When an App Is Cheap Enough to Waste :)

One of the provocative things about an "App" is price!

If I spend $35 to $500 on a computer program, it better be good.  I will spend time reading reviews, talking to friends and then, very cautiously make the purchase.  And, in about 60% of the instances, I will have "buyer's remorse" when it didn't work out to save me time, teach me something or deeply entertain me.

Let's flash forward to the world of iPAD Apps.  So, in the past two weeks, I have bought about 30 apps. Most cost me 99 cents to a max of $11.00  And, I was clearly buying stuff as part of my review process.  But, this morning, while waiting to take off for my flight to Saratoga, I read about an App that was $1.99 and just bought it.

At that price, it is cheap enough to WASTE it.  It turned out to be pretty interesting and I might get some value from it.  But, the price point was perfect ... for me the user and also for the developer, who will get loads more action at $1.99.  In fact, if the App were $20.00, I doubt they would sell any.

So, bring on some low cost and "disposable" learning applications.

Music Applications on the iPad

In teaching music at a college, one of the things I wondered about was what kinds of applications would developers offer. I didn't have to wait long.

Here's a review in PCWorld of some programs just coming on the market. These include digital recording facilities and a groove composer for those of you who would like to rap your presentations.

Friday, April 16, 2010

iPad, Week 2 on a College Campus

Over the past two weeks, I've been able to put the iPad in the hands of students, faculty, some of our IT staff, and even a visiting entertainment industry CEO. Here are a few of my observations of their interactions.
  • All agree, the iPad is a powerful content delivery device, particularly for images, but also for sound.
  • Students would like to see more of their classes delivered in ways that emphasized digital materials, including the books and readings they use.
  • Faculty (notably an art history professor) are interested in how the physical interface of the iPad might allow students to easily zoom in on image details.
  • The entertainment CEO (after watching his daughter take over the iPad) quickly recognized the power of the iPad to deliver films and other media.
I have also realized that I have suddenly become dependent upon the iPad for my lecture notes, replacing the binders I once used. I'm still thinking about how that's going to change my teaching.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Touch -- More Learning Gestures, Please!

What new Learning Gestures would be cool? The iPAD leverages multi-touch that has pioneered by Jeff Han.  Starting with the iPhone we became use to using these two touches/gestures:
  • Move Fingers Apart - Graphic Grows Larger
  • Move Fingers Together - Graphic Shrinks
And, we have the gesture of moving our finger across the iBook from left or right and it turns the page back or forward.  But, we are only getting started!

What new Learning Gestures would be cool?  Imagine if we had a gesture of moving our finger like a ? that would indicate that we are confused and want more (eg. additional content, more context, link to a FAQ or even an immediate video chat with an expert).

So, let's start a brainstorm of other Learning Gestures that would be helpful to learners as they work with content and activities online?  Add it as a comment below.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

iPads make content more accessible for older generation

We all enjoyed watching the toddler's experience with the iPad. Nevertheless, that natural curiosity of a child was not too much of a surprise to me (knowing how much kids enjoy iPhones). 

I have actually more been wondering how the opposite generation (like my 88 year old granny) will approach this new device. Will the iPad overcome existing technology barriers and make content more accessible for older generations that have not used PCs before?

The wonderful video below gives us a first answer: An elderly lady named Virginia got an iPad for her 100th birthday. Using her iPad she has already read two books and composed 12 limericks! Enjoy and also watch the somewhat different native navigation in this example...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

NYC Hot Dog Vendor iPAD Ideas for Performance Support

Meet Avraham.  He is my neighborhood Hot Dog, Pretzel Street Vendor in Manhattan, right near my apartment.

As part of our LAB experiments with the iPAD, we have been brainstorming with a number of workers about how a tablet device might assist them in their work.

Avraham or his cousin are at this hot dog stand 12 hours a day, selling street food to the tourists coming to Broadway shows and the occasional learning consultant who lives near by.  After exploring the iPAD with me, here is what he suggested as the App that he would like:
  • More Buns and Dogs Please: A wireless ability to order replenishment supplies during the day.  As a 1 person operation, he wants to be able to order more hot dog buns or knishes from his supplier without leaving the stand.
  • Language Translations:  He sells food to people who speak dozens of languages and sometimes have difficulty understanding his Egyptian accented English.  He would love to have a menu, with prices and ingredients in several dozen languages. People want to know if the hotdogs have pork (no) and if the chestnuts are ready (yes, in winter) And, some would order more if they could just press a picture.

LAB Findings - One Week of iPADing..

It has now been one week since we started to experiment with the new iPAD.  In the past week, our colleagues around North America have been running a range of Lab activities, as well as observations of a range of people using the iPAD for learning orknowledge activities.  Here are a few of our 1 week findings:
  • Reading of Newspapers Changes:  One of the profound differences was seen in how people read newspapers that are formated for iPAD delivery.  There is a significantly deeper and more exploratory user experience with the iPAD newspapers.  I have been reading the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today on the iPAD on a daily basis.  My reactions have mirrored those of other users, as we are touching more articles, manipulating in an intuitive way and find the content significantly more accessible than both the paper and traditional web formats.  It will be key for news publishers to continue to evolve the feature set and user interface as this genre evolves.
  • Collaboration and Webinars Next: We have been experimenting with several iPAD front ends for webinars.  I have participated in a Cisco Webex meeting using the iPAD. linking to a remote presenter and distributed students.  The feature set of these Tablet front-ends will rapidliy grow and will include interfaces for LMS and Course Management Systems.  Blackboard already has one and other are in the works.
  • Searching and Accesing Improves:  There is an App that is a high quality front end to the often chaotic Wikipedia.  Our Lab experiments with both search engines and accessing test plus video is promising.
  • Authoring Design Tools Needed:  While new Apps are coming down the line that will allow for more easy authoring of Tablet learning content, we would love to see an iPAD authoring tool that could be more local - feeding content through an approved app.  This may come as the LMS front ends are approved.  But, we would love to see this happen.
  • Flash Lacking is Challenging:  As has been well documented, traditional FLASH content does not work on the iPAD.  We'll see how this impacts and effects content designers and owners of deep collections of FLASH material.
More comments and perspectives to come from our MASIE Center LAB Team.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sample iPad apps: Web Conferencing

iPad Web Conferencing apps enable learners to join virtual meetings and classrooms via phone or VoIP. Participants can view live presentations, see who is attending and interact/chat with other participants, etc. 

Following Apple's User Experience Guidelines highlighted in my earlier blog post, Web Conferencing apps take full advantage of the iPad's device capabilities: They enable collaboration and connectedness and enhance interactivity, learners can switch between portrait and landscape view and use the multi-touch interface to zoom in on content.

WorkPAD, LearnPAD, PerformPAD - Point Solutions for iPAD

WorkPAD --- LearnPAD --- Perform PAD ????

After 5 days of experiments with the iPAD, I am sensing a large opportunity for this genre of device (eg. tablet, Apps and multi-touch) to be the platform for business solutions that fall into three categories:

  • WorkPAD:  Imagine a "point solution" that is designed to be the portable work tablet for a specific person in a specific role.  For instance, an Animal Vet might have a WorkPAD that allows them to do all paperwork, access records, search for medications and diseases and manage their schedule.  WorkPAD's would either be created with a APP that is for a function or might be built collaboratively by the organization and the worker.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Toddler Uses iPAD - Watch for Native Navigation

Student Reactions to the iPad

Over the past few days, I've had the iPad sitting on my desk for college students to try. I've also brought it into the classroom where students have had an opportunity to play with it. Here are some of their first reactions.

One student, interacting with "The Elements" app, exclaimed, "This is sooo Harry Potter." Another, playing with the "Star Walk" first gushed, "No way... This would have been so great for my astronomy class." But students are also savvy when it comes to the practicality of any new learning technology. Students immediately saw the possibility of saving some of the $300-$800 in books they purchase every semester, but were unsure how else they might use it. (I did discover the Kindle app that allowed me to download all of my Amazon ebooks to the iPad and give me access to the vast Amazon library.) The iPad is clearly a content-delivery device.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sample iPad app: Learning Management System interface

If you have been wondering how the iPad might interact with a Learning Management System, have a look at Blackboard's demo video of their "Mobile Learn" app as an example. You may recall that Elliott briefly mentioned this app in his Video of First Look at iPAD for Learning.

Where do you see the highest potential for iPad apps interfacing with Learning Management Systems in a higher education or corporate context? Will future iPad apps be most beneficial for educators or learners? How do you envision yourself working differently with Learning Management Systems through iPad apps?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Discussion: Chief Learning Officer questions about the iPad:: Tools for Learning and Performance?

Chief Learning Officer Questions about the iPAD: Tools for Learning & Performance?

Monday morning April 5, 2010. As Chief Learning Officer at your company you’ve changed the usual Monday meeting with your senior staff to focus on the iPad. You and five members of your team picked up iPads over the weekend and you want to brainstorm about how this might change the way you think about and deliver training for the employees at your company.

Questions, questions

In what ways might the iPad help make company-wide learning, better, cheaper, faster?

Can this 1.5 pound graphical, tactile piece of gear allow you to do for learners what you can’t do today, or can’t do easily?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

iPADS at a College - Learning Implications

I write, design, and create webpages for several of my classes at Skidmore College and use these websites to deliver content. Consequently, some of my first stops on the iPad were my class websites to judge (a) the accessibility of the material (text, images, and sound files) and (b) whether I needed to rethink my pages. Somewhat to my surprise, I found that the material was even more accessible on the iPad than on a desktop.

The principle reason lies in the addicting interface of the screen. Using the iPad in portrait mode, most of my pages appear complete rather than in the landscape mode where I have to scroll through them. In the classroom, I often have to scroll up and down for students when talking about recordings where the dates of a recording appear at the top of the file and the text of a song might be at the bottom.

Reading Rainbow by Jonathan Kayes (CLO The Masie Center)

When we think about the various ways that we learn, by listening, doing, seeing, it is hard to get around how much learning still takes place through reading. With that in mind I thought I'd spend today examining some of the reading/text apps of the new iPad to see how they might impact the learning affordances we've been discussing here.

A truly new add-on for the iPad is an app simply called "Books". As you can see, it is a book shelf with titles. I was not previously an e-book user so I can't compare the iPad to the Kindle, Nook, e-book reader or others. Apple gave everyone a free copy of "Winnie-the-Pooh" with the app and several people have commented that unlike other e-book readers, the iPad includes the illustrations. And so there on page 19 is the iconic picture of Christopher Robin pulling his bear behind him as he comes down the stairs. I can certainly appreciate having that kind of visual along with the text.

Apple's iPad User Experience Guidelines - Thinking inside the new box

I really encourage you to review Apple's iPad User Experience Guidelines, which provide developers with guidance on how to create optimized user interfaces and experiences. Our iPad Learning Design Principles will have to be derived from these standards. Moreover, they will get you innovatively thinking "inside the new box".

In a nutshell, Apple states that the best iPad applications:

• Downplay application UI so that the focus is on the content
• Present the content in beautiful, often realistic ways
• Take full advantage of device capabilities to enable enhanced interaction

The key concepts for getting this accomplished are (see UX Magazine for an excellent summary):

• Aim to Support all Orientations
• Enhance Interactivity (Don’t Just Add Features)
• Flatten Your Information Hierarchy
• Reduce Full-Screen Transitions
• Enable Collaboration and Connectedness
• Add Physicality and Heightened Realism
• Delight People with Stunning Graphics
• De-emphasize User Interface Controls
• Minimize Modality
• Rethink Your Lists
• Consider Multifinger Gestures
• Consider Popovers for Some Modal Tasks
• Restrict Complexity in Modal Tasks
• Downplay File-Handling Operations
• Ask People to Save Only When Necessary
• Start Instantly
• Always Be Prepared to Stop
Mobile Blogging from here.

Fingertip Design and Prototypes - Collaboration Affordance!

One of the intriguing Apps that I downloaded this morning to my iPAD is iMockUP. It is a fingertip design tool to prototype a screen, webpage or performance application. It has a series of templates and objects that you can drag, stretch and move to layout what a new app or site might look like. Take a look:

We are intrigued by the interactive nature of the collaboration that could happen between learners, end-users, sponsors and designers of an application. And, think of what new models would surface as we gave this to a few learners and told them to design their vision of what e-Learning or knowledge assets might look like.

Elements, My Dear Watson by Jonathan Kayes (CLO, MASIE Center)

How about being informative, interactive, intriguing and something I might come back to a few times. One of my first downloads for learning is an app called "The Elements" described by its author as "the universal catalog of everything you can drop on your foot: These are the elements, the building blocks of your world...". OK, that sounds good, but my recollection from chemistry class is that elements are boring.

Folks, this isn't boring. It is beautiful to begin with. Each of the elements (other than the gases) was filmed in a gorgeous 360 degree view. Apparently with 3D glasses (an extra) you can see them pop off the screen too. Not enough? You can spin an element and move them (use those iPad fingers). And it is a rich data mine: Want to know the melting point of Rubidium? 39.31 Celsius. Want to convert that to Fahrenheit? 102.76. Want to know what Rubidium is? Well one of its few applications is providing the purple color in fireworks. How about the crystal structure, atomic radius, and level or electronegativity? There at the TAP of my finger.

What I see in "The Elements" in my early exploration is a great window into making learning work for the learner. Sure, all of this information is also on the web but this gives me ease of use, a great look and feel, and links to all kinds of additional websites from within the program.

Finally, if you remember fondly, or have only heard about the Tom Lehrer song "The Elements", the app includes not only the song, but illustrates it with every one of the elements popping into the periodic table as the song goes through its 90 second tour of those things which fall on our toes.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

iPad: A Music Professor's View

I promised Elliott a post at the end of the day on my experiences with the iPad and particularly on how I see it in an academic context. As a musician, I immediately gravitated to apps like "Pianist Pro," which has a much more comfortable keyboard than the iPhone app and a decent array of sounds and possibilities. I also downloaded an app called "Sheets," which has a sizable library of notated music.

I see devices like the iPad as potentially changing the nature of textbooks. Almost all of us have had to pay exhorbitant fees for textbooks, either for our selves or for our children. As a professor, I'm deeply aware of this cost when I teach. The iPad and the Kindle could potentially revolutionize the publishing industry. We could cut the cost of textbooks exponentially and reduce the logjam at college bookstores. My publisher and my bookstore might not like that idea, but I do.

Of these two devices, the iPad clearly has the edge. My Kindle has the advantage of being light and having a battery that seemingly lasts forever (as long as you turn off the wireless); but it cannot compete with the screen clarity of the iPad. Moreover, the iPad has brilliant colors and can play videos in breathtaking clarity.

I'm going to let my students at Skidmore College play with this too to get their reactions, so I'll have more to add as the week goes along.

Gordon Thompson - Skidmore College - Author, "Please, Please Me"

List iPAD Learning Apps Here

Attention All Learning Field iPAD Experimenters:

Let's build a list of LEARNING oriented iPAD Apps that we discover.  Please add a comment with the APP and your thoughts about how it might be a learning resource or example of a learning affordance.

Video of First Look at iPAD for Learning - April 3 - Elliott Masie

iPADS -- First Looks

Early this morning, we started our experiments with the iPAD in Saratoga Springs, NY and Vienna, VA.  In addition, there are colleagues around the world that are testing and participating in these experiments.

A few reactions and observations in the first 2 hours of iPAD experience:
  • eReader is Interesting - Color and Flexible.  Looking for more "affordances" for interactive and contextual books.
  • Papers, a new App, has a very robust set of Academic Papers and Research for use.
  • Netflix can now stream movies to the iPAD, very interesting model for short videos for learning in the workplace.
  • Collaborative Games, allowing multi-players to compete and collaborate.  High potential for Alternate Reality Games for learning.
  • Blackboard Mobile is the first front end for an LMS - requires the college to have BB as their LMS.
  • Keynote - alternative Slide SHow is also interesting - might evolve to a new presentation platform in a classroom.
Stay tuned.  We will post video in a few minutes.  Please add your comments and thoughts.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Affordances for Learning?

There has been much hype and buzz about the release of the iPad.  From a Learning LAB perspective, here is what we will be testing and exploring starting on Saturday morning after we receive our 3 iPads:
  • Affordances:  What can the iPad do that will AFFORD new approaches to learning.  For example, can we create ePubs that are rich in multi-media and leverage the AFFORDANCE of "multi-touch" to allow a very different user experience as a learner?
  • Content Evolutions: When the iPod and other MP3 players were released, it created a shift in content in the music arena.  We were now able to buy just a song for a small amount of money and it dramatically changed how the music marketplace functioned?  What changes in learning content will be stimulated?
  • Learning Apps: I am hoping that the roll out of the iPad will trigger a sub-market of iPad learning apps.  For just a few dollars, can we buy an App that will assist or structure learning of a key topic?  Can we find Apps that will be Performance Support related - a spell-checker type function for a key role or skill set?
I would love to hear from other readers about their expectations for new "Affordances" with the iPad.
Publish Post

Welcome to iPad Learning LAB Blog

Welcome! This is a targeted blog by Elliott Masie and The MASIE Center, focusing on using Apple's new iPad for Learning.

Over the coming weeks, we will share a wide range of perceptions, experiments and more about the iPad and Apps that may have relevance for organizational learning.

Feel free to comment and add to this Blog.

Elliott Masie
The MASIE Center