You had to know I’d post about the iPad…

6 05 2010

As many of you know, I am in the midst of a love affair with my MacBook Pro. (Click here to read more about it).  It’s still going well…

Until…

Is this the be all end all of devices?

The iPad cometh…

Now before you get all excited and want to buy a gazillion of them for your classrooms, hold on a second. Is it cool? Yep. Does it have some great apps for kids? Uh-huh. Does it have an application for an augmentative communication device? You betcha! Are there a lot of nifty features and customizations? Well…..the jury’s still out on that one, but I think it will happen.

I must say, I like the iPad. A lot. However, there is a word of caution with my “liking” the iPad. It’s the first generation of a new device. Occasionally, when there’s something new, time spent out in the marketplace generates feedback on how to make it better. Then, the next generation device comes along, with improvements and what not. If you already have an iPhone or iPod touch, you will probably not be as impressed as I am, as the iPad has a lot of the same features that already come with the iPhone/iPod touch family. Nonetheless, it’s still pretty cool.

What intrigues me is the whole touch interface of the iPad. Essentially, one uses the pad of their finger to navigate through the features of the iPad. With a student that has limited mobility, just being able to use their fingers to navigate, as opposed to a keyboard and mouse, is pretty cool. Add some free apps such as TapToTalk, Dragon Dictate, Speak It, and Paper Desk could potentially change the educational experience for our students for the better.

There are so many apps that are being built by the minute. As we get to know the iPad better, and understand it’s uses, then we can make smart decisions regarding adding it to our hardware inventory. There is great potential in this device.  As always, careful consideration must be given to individual student needs, and matching the appropriate technology to a user.

But, wouldn’t it be cool to carry an iPad instead of all of those heavy textbooks?

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