iPad in education?

iPad in education?

We all love gadgets, and anything from Apple generally creates interest for good or bad. Enter the iPad. Well, it has been around for a while now, but other than playing Angry Birds, does it really have other uses?

I came across a tweet - as you do - and found some interesting stuff on how educators can 'try' to convinced their academic peers to invest in an iPad...

So how about using your iPad to teach your class? Using the iPad VGA adapter, the iPad can be connected to anything that has a VGA port (LCD TV, projector). The VGA adapter will not display the screen on its own however. The iPAD needs apps that are built to project to use the VGA cable. I have listed some of my favourites below - it's a departure from Angry Birds, to be honest I got stuck and looked for something else to tinker with!

  • Expedition 
    Display web content to a LCD TV or projector.
  • JotBook
    Turn your iPad into an intuitive pad for jotting down and organizing multi-paged hand-written notes.
  • MapProjector
    Present live maps and satellite imagery from your iPad to a TV or projector! Map projector lets you save multiple maps with landmarks, and present them on the big screen.
  • Power Presenter
    Save the powerpoint as PDF file, this app will help you do the presentation on projector. If you can upload your file to a web site, it also can present that website for you. It automatically detects the projector and send the signal to the projector when connecting with the VGA cable.
  • Keynote
    Obvious one really. Keynote, the powerful presentation application for Mac, has been completely redesigned for iPad. It makes creating a world-class presentation, complete with animated charts and transitions, as simple as touching and tapping.
  • Whiteboard
    Whiteboard is a collaborative drawing app for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Experience better doodling with Whiteboard's smooth, fluid markers.
  • Alphabet Jungle
    For those little ones out there! Alphabet Jungle is perfect for the youngster learning ABC's. Alphabet Jungle is packed with Sounds from a 7 year old speaking the Letters of the Alphabet and the Animals displayed on the screen.

There are many more... That's all from me folks!

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Mark Cass
Wed 27 Oct 2010: 9:04am

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  • Jefe:

    Just use a real laptop or notebook if you want to teach with portability. You can then use standard applications that work on Windows/Mac for teaching. I think people are trying to push way too hard to find applicable uses for an iPad simply for their love of Apple, or the product itself. Granted there are some apps out there to help, as listed above, but there are infinitely more for the PC/Mac platforms respectively. Educators should see the big picture instead of their love for a gadget by conforming their edu plans just so they can use a half-baked gadget in the classroom. It doesn't help out the students.

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