Showing posts with label iPad 2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iPad 2. Show all posts

Friday, November 4, 2011

VoiceThread Mobile for iOS

A few weeks ago I ran a workshop in which participants explored some tools for digital storytelling. One of those tools was VoiceThread. I like to introduce teachers to VoiceThread because it is a very collaborative tool that everyone with a laptop can access and begin contributing to a story in a short period of time. However, until last week VoiceThread wasn't very mobile-friendly. That changed when VoiceThread introduced VoiceThread Mobile.

VoiceThread Mobile is a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Through the app users can create and comment on the go. Now you can snap a photo or capture a video with your iOS device and immediately start a VoiceThread project around that item. Or you could add that picture or video to an existing VoiceThread project.

Applications for Education
VoiceThread Mobile could be a great app for recording and reflecting on the sights and sounds of field trip. Take students on a walking tour of a historical district in a city and have them capture images that they then string together and discuss in a VoiceThread project that starts in the field and is finished back at school.

What You Want to Know About iPads in Education

Is your school considering purchasing iPads for your classrooms? If so, you probably have some questions about the devices, apps, and how to use the devices themselves in the classroom. Three educators from Palm Beach County schools have constructed a wiki to help people answer those questions and more.

On the Palm Beach County schools' iPad in Education wiki you will find a chart comparing the iPad to desktop and laptop options. The chart breaks down the costs and capabilities of each scenario. On the wiki you'll find long lists of iPad apps appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school students. And if you need help just learning to use an iPad the iPad in Education wiki lists a bunch of good tutorial videos and other tutorial materials.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Famigo - Find Family-Friendly Apps for Your Phone

If your child can't wait to grab the iPad or Android tablet out of your hands, Famigo is a website that you need to check out. Famigo offers categorized reviews of thousands of Android and iOS apps and games for kids. You can search Famigo by age group, app type, game type, and whether or not the app is free or paid. The video below offers an overview of Famigo.

Applications for Education
Famigo is designed for parents to find apps and games for their kids. It could also be a good place for teachers to find apps to use in their classrooms. Another site with a similar purpose is

H/T to TechCrunch.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I Don't Hate iPads, but...

Last night I re-Tweeted the following from Gary StagerI took my iPad away for the weekend instead of my Macbook Pro and it's not ready to replace the laptop. #notreadyforprimetime. As usually happens when I Tweet anything mildly negative about iPads, some people came out to defend iPads in classrooms. Before we go any farther you should know that I don't hate iPads, but I just don't think they're a good purchase for schools to make them the sole device for a 1:1 program. If you already have a 1:1 program in place then go for the iPad purchase as a secondary device. 

Last spring I wrote that I didn't think iPads should be purchased as the primary devices for 1:1 programs. Since then I have attended conferences and facilitated workshops (combined total of 18 if I counted correctly) in which I saw people trying to use their iPads as replacements for laptops. Of course, I didn't just sit back and watch, I asked questions of the people using their iPads (I've also talked to random strangers in airport terminals about their iPads. Hey, there's only so much a person can do at Newark International or wherever I happen to be delayed).  What I've learned in the past fourteen months is that the iPad is not capable of replacing a laptop for creative productivity. It could be done in most cases, but not without finding apps to replace some of the functionality of some otherwise routine operations. And in a few cases in the workshops I facilitated participants were left out of activities unless they purchased apps. For example, when we were creating Wolfram Alpha widgets for our blogs in one workshop the person who had only brought an iPad couldn't do it. 

Aside from the time and costs associated with getting all of the right apps to replace the creative functionality of a laptop, my concern is this that Gary said well in 140 characters: @rmbyrneSimple - keychains don't sync, needed passwords, iMovie would not import .mov file. Just sloppy, not a hardware limitation. 

The iPad does have a place in classrooms. That place for now is as a secondary device, not as a primary device for 1:1 programs.

To be continued...

Friday, July 15, 2011

ShowMe App Announces Outstanding ShowMe Contest

ShowMe, providers of an iPad app for creating and sharing whiteboard lessons, has announced the launch of the Outstanding ShowMe Contest. To enter the contest just create a lesson using the free ShowMe app and share it on the ShowMe Facebook page. The lesson that receives the most votes on the ShowMe Facebook page will receive a free iPad 2. You can read one of my previous posts about ShowMe and see a lesson created with the app here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

PadCamp - An EdCamp Dedicated to Tablets

PadCamp is a free unconference for educators interested in learning about and sharing ideas for using tablets (iPads, Android tablets, ereaders) in the classroom. The free event will be held on August 9 in Galloway, NJ.

PadCamp will follow the same unconference model used at the increasingly popular EdCamp events that have been held across the country over the last couple of years. The idea of an unconference is that there are not any keynote speakers or predetermined workshops. Everyone comes to the event, if you want to share something put your idea on the proposed sessions board, and people vote with their feet by going to the sessions that they have an interest in. It might seem a little messy at first, but trust me it works.

If you're in the Galloway, New Jersey area and have an interest in learning more about using tablets in the classroom, PadCamp is for you. And did I mention that all attendees get a free breakfast and a free lunch?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Impressed by the iPadsibilities of iPads in Special Ed

Over the weekend I had the great pleasure to attend Ed Camp Boston. My friend Harold Shaw and I drove down together early in the morning. On the drive down the conversation turned to tablet devices and their use(s) by schools. Neither of us have iPads or other tablets in our classrooms, but we're intrigued by the conversations happening around their use in schools.

As the Ed Camp Boston schedule filled-up, it was clear that Harold and I weren't the only ones interested in exploring the possibilities for iPads in classrooms. I choose to attend an afternoon session titled iPads & iPods in Special Education led by Meg Wilson. I won't bore you with a blow-by-blow of the whole hour. In short, I'm very impressed by the possible uses of iPads in special education, particularly with students who have multiple special needs. The app that Meg showed that impressed me most is Sign for Me. Sign for Me is definitely not a free app, but if I needed it I would gladly pay for it.

In the same session Meg directed us to a great wiki called Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs where you can find a large categorized list and review of apps for use with special education students.

I'm still not ready to run out and deploy iPads to all 1250 students in my school. However, now that I've seen some more of the possibilities, I am less skeptical of the idea of deploying iPads in a 1:1 classroom. I continue to look forward to learning more about iPad uses in schools.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

iPad - Yes or No?

When Apple introduced the iPad, I sat back and watched as people lined-up to buy what appeared to me to be an over-sized iPod Touch. Despite the handful of times that I flew last year and wished I had a tablet instead of my laptop to use in a cramped airline seat, I resisted the temptation of purchasing an iPad. Then the iPad 2 came along with it's built-in cameras (something I'm sure Apple left out the first time in order to create perceived obsolescence a year later). The addition of the cameras got me to think, "okay, now I can consider purchasing one of these things."

So last week I jumped on the Apple site and poked around at my iPad 2 options (AT&T and Verizon coverage is woeful in the areas that I spend most of my time in so a 3G model would be a waste). Even though I can probably write-off the expenditure on my 2011 taxes, as I was looking at the models and the prices I couldn't help but think, "I'm not convinced that this is a good use of my money." I have two laptops, a desktop, a netbook, and an Android phone, what gap in my computing experience will the iPad occupy? What am I missing about the iPad 2? I feel like I need to know the answers to these questions before I can say to someone else that the iPad is or isn't a wise investment for a school 1:1 program.