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The iPad is here

Well its here, and it seems like it is getting a pounding by the press. I still really want one though! I can see some brilliant applications for education and the fact that it is so tactile really makes me think this will be big in primary and secondary schools across the world. The iWorks application looks brilliant for use in classroom as a child-friendly and cheap publishing program. Only 90 days to wait! There is one problem though, why didn’t they put a camera in it?

I have just completed a series of lectures to education students concerning the use of ICT in the primary classroom. Click on the link below to open the Prezi presentation:

http://prezi.com/6w4dz4dthggp/

The SMART Table

This looks really interesting as it the first multitouch table for the foundation stage/ Key stage 1 classroom. Interactive whiteboards are ok up until the point two children try to work with it and find they can’t touch the screen at the same time. Four children can work on the table at once which really helps if you want to provide collaborative learning experiences with technology.
From the SMART website:
One touch on the SMART Table screen is never enough. Young students are drawn to its surface, where work and play come together in hands-on, collaborative activities.

The SMART Table is the first multitouch, multiuser interactive learning center that allows groups of early education students to work simultaneously on its surface. The table’s interface is so intuitive that even the youngest of students can get started without instructions. And you don’t have to worry about durability – the table can withstand the most enthusiastic jolts and bumps.

I am really excited about Apple’s new tablet which is being announced on Wednesday at 6.00pm UK time. It could revolutionise the use of computers in school due to their portability and ease of use, rather like the rising numbers of netbooks that are finding their way into primary schools across the country. Here is an article by ilounge on its rumoured specs:

iLounge, is claiming two “double-confirmed” details about the forthcoming device:

1. The tablet will have dual dock connectors: one on the bottom just like the iPhone and iPod touch, and one on the long side so you can charge the device in landscape orientation.

2. Similar to the original iPhone, which had a mostly aluminum back, the tablet has a metal backside with a long, non-metal strip allowing for wireless access. There could be any number of antennae behind that strip, from the 802.11g wireless currently in iPods and iPhones, to 802.11n for faster networking, and even – potentially – a 3G antenna. iLounge goes on to speculate what sort of fees might be involved with the tablet’s data services through a provider like Verizon or AT&T; short answer is, based on current rates, it won’t be cheap.

In other tablet-related news, Gizmodo has posted a lengthy article proposing that the tablet’s interface will basically be a blown-up version of the iPhone OS. After reading Gizmodo’s argument, it’s hard to disagree with them. While a traditional desktop and folder OS would probably appeal more to the geeks among us, that approach has historically been a failure with Windows-based tablets, and the iPhone interface expanded into a full-sized computer could be exactly what Joe Consumer needs to get over his unease and fear toward computers. The iPhone’s interface is much more intuitive than Windows or even the full version of OS X, so running an entire, full-fledged computer off of it seems like exactly the next logical step in the user interface evolution that Gizmodo claims it to be.