Tablets, Tablets Everywhere! (updated 9/25/11)
So today was Family Day on campus, and my Dad and I visited the Instuctional Technology table, and got to see Dr. Z’s trusty iPad in action. And I gotta tell you, I was impressed.
Many of you may remember my post early this summer about the iPad, where I decided to return my iPad because I didn’t think it was worth the money at the moment… Now I feel like it might be worth the money for me. Visiting iTech on main after the open house, I got a chance to look at some of the education apps that are available. Holy cow, there are a TON! (Side note, Dr Z, could you take a screen shot of your apps, or at least let me know some of your favorite education ones you use?).
I’m starting to think I should start saving my money once again for an iPad, seeing that it can do minor word processing, etc, that I use in class off and on, as well as some awesome apps. Something that I really
believe in is using technology for special education, and using iPads and apps are a forefront in assistive technology. I’ve been in contact with some of the AEA in Cedar Rapids that use iPads, and we’ve found two great sites, http://natri.uky.edu/assoc_projects/qiat/index.html and http://a4cwsn.com/. These sites leave me yearning to try some of the AAC and apps that are reviewed, and actually trying them in classrooms.
What are your thoughts? What are your experiences with the iPad, both in the classroom and personal use?
After checking my RSS feed today, I found this: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/23/amazon-media-event-set-for-september-28th-tablet-announcement-expected/, I’ve heard the rumor for awhile that Amazon was planning on creating their own Android tablet, and with the announcement coming so soon, I am very excited to what this brings!
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