When Apple released its first iPad in 2010, forward-looking universities around the world started research studies on how this device could be integrated into learning and teaching.
There are many representatives of the educational system still getting euphoric when it comes to iPads in schools or universities.
That is basically positive as it forces all the people involved to try to go new ways. Teachers always look for techniques to generate interest and keep motivation on a high level. But they are also responsible for the young people and cannot delegate this responsibility to a device. Success and positive results in learning and teaching with an iPad is no automatism. It’s hard and subtle work to adjust all the parameters which give direction to new methods of learning.
Apple creates the most advanced device, developers and users must breathe life into it.
- Students love them
- Good battery life
- Apps galore
- Platform for e-textbooks
- Communication tool
- Great content viewer and creator
- User-friendly to students with disabilities
- Light-weight and highly portable
- Fast and easy to use
No, because of durability of the hardware and compatibility of the operating system over lots of hardware iterations.
One last thing …
If we talk about the iPad we shouldn’t forget to talk about Alan Kay, one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that
People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware. Jobs made it to *one of the core principles of Apple.
Sadly one of Kay’s most prominent targets for the educational system cannot be realized with an iPad. It still lacks the capability of being a programming tool.
Hey Apple, this should be your next step.
iPad @ Universities
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