Since Apple Computer has introduced the iPad, there has been a lot of commotion in the area of education. Not only has a lot of studies been done in K-12, but also in higher education. Many colleges had distributed iPads to students in the classroom in order to assess all the possibilities of this new product, thinking in line of a new trend that is going to change the way we read, the way we teach and the way we learn.
iPAD STUDIES AT USF
In 2010 the CIT led a study on the original iPad and its potential uses in education with the emphasis on the iPad in the hands of the faculty. The study ran for 6 months with 40 participants, ending in December 2010. Check out the wiki documenting the goals of the study and the contributions of the participants.
This year, a second iPad study is underway this time focusing on the iPad 2 in the hands of graduate students as well as the faculty. Check out the iPad 2 wiki detailing the purpose and goals for the study and follow the participants' progress as they explore the iPad's potential.
Set up your DonsApps Mail and Calendar on the iPad
Manuals and Information
The official Apple iPad 2 manual
Official iPad IOS 5.1 manual
Official iPad and iPad Mini IOS 6 manual
CIT IOS Brochure
iPad/iPod/iPhone apps for Education
Educause iPad and Tablet Resources
Lynda.com, accessible through USFconnect has a session on iPad tips and tricks. Login to USFconnect and click on the Lynda.com icon in the Learning Technologies tab and search by keyword for "iPad" to locate the session by Christopher Breen. Here is a sample of one of the sessions offered in the Lynda.com course:
Looking For a Case?
The number of cases that are available for both the iPad and iPad 2 is enormous-deciding which case is right for you can be daunting. Macworld presents an overview of the various types of cases for you device. CNET also has a roundup of both iPad 2 and iPad 3 cases.
TIPS AND NEWS
Styling With a Stylus
Looking for a stylus for illustration, drawing diagrams or writing notes on your iPad? There are actually quite a few styluses available with varying degrees of functionality for drawing or writing. Check out Macworld's review for at the latest styluses. In addition, Macworld has a video review of various styluses for drawing and general usage:
The Verge also has a nice review of various styli on their site with video versions of the review too.
Keyboarding on the iPad
Typing on the digital keyboard on the iPad can be tough-especially for the touch typists. Fortunately there are a number of solutions available for those who need a "real" keyboard. Check out CNET and Walt Mossberg's excellent articles on keyboard options and specifically keyboard folio cases.
USFWireless and the iPad
Accessing USFwireless on your iPad here on campus? You can actually register your device with the ITS Help Desk so you can access USFwireless without the need to login every time. Simply bring your iPad to the Help Desk located on the second floor of Lone Mountain North to register it.
Did You Know?
You can actually have more than 6 items in your iPad dock; if you have a good number of apps installed and would like to have dock access to say 20 items, create folders with the apps you want to be able to access from the dock. Then click and hold on the folder to enter the app edit mode where you can move or delete apps and folders. Drag the folder to the dock to finish.
The new iPad is here!
Read about the new features and what the experts are saying about this version of the iPad
From Apple Insider-
And from Walt Mossberg in All Things Digital:
Now check out the review on the Retina Display iPad and the review on the new iPad Mini from CNET!