Recently, I attended ITEC, and what did I see in the display hall? Two things, interactive whiteboards, and tons of iPads.
Lets start with the whiteboards. The display halls had rows upon rows of interactive whiteboards, or “smartboards”. After my few instructional tech classes, I can tell you one thing for sure. These are not the future of educational technology. Most teachers use them as nothing more than a $4000 whiteboard. Not worth it.
Now the iPad. Awesome technology. Still on the fence about using one for daily personal computing, but I think this is the future of 1:1 computing in schools. I would venture a guess that about 1/3 to 1/2 of the attendees at ITEC had iPads, and were using them to take notes on presentations, blog, tweet, you name it.
Now: the smartboard killer. The iPad 2 can be synced to Apple TV. Apple TV can be hooked up to a projector. Now, every student and teach has the opportunity to have an interactive whiteboard in their own two hands. To me, this is game changing. Not only are students able to use the now tried-and-true iPad apps for their education, but they can share their findings with the entire class.
EdReach has more ways that this can be a game changer. I’m not that familiar with all the capabilities of Apple TV, but I will definitely be researching this more. Does anyone know anyone who uses Apple TV with their iPad, or have any personal thoughts about this game changer? If you do, please leave a comment! It’s kind of quiet around here!
UPDATE: Apple just announce their new iBooks 2 and iBooks Author, as well as their app for iTunes U. Now, imagine having iTunes U or iBooks on your iPad, and the iPad set up with an Apple TV connected to a projector. With the new interactive iBooks, and hundreds of lectures available to iTunes U, this can now easily be shared with a class. Apple just brought the most mundane tasks in education to the 21st century, and I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Add in an Apple TV and a projector, and these can now be shared with an entire class or lecture. No more dead time while a student comes to the board, just pass the iPad and let the student do the work, hands on from the comfort of their own seat.