Ipad. Not just for content consumption any more

March 2, 2011

Today Apple announced the new Ipad, the Ipad 2.  Steve Jobs presented the new device on stage in San Francisco at the yerba buena center for the arts. I have been following the ipad for a while and its use in education. Until this point my view was the ipad is a content consumtion device instead of a content creation device. The new ipad changes my view. I still think that the ipad is not the best for typing but with the addition of the dual camera’s, imovie, and garage band i think it has a better chance at finding its way into school’s.

Lets take a look at the new additions to the Ipad:

Faster Processing: 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

Better Graphics: 9x’s Better Video

Smaller size:

  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds (601 g)

Dual Camera’s:

  • Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
  • Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
  • Tap to control exposure for video or stills
  • Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi

Same 10 hour battery life!

Display Mirroring: Since the iPad came out one of the biggest issues has been only some apps work with the display out. This has been fixed in the new iPad, now everything works with the display out (Cable sold separately).  For geotagging, see more about it here. This is great for training purposes as well as showing your students how to use the device or educational apps.

Available on Verizon and AT&T

Black and White versions (White shipping on time!)

With the addition of the front and rear facing camera’s we can now Facetime with classrooms all over the world!

To find out how you can use the ipad in the classroom check out this livebinder and follow the hashtag #edapp on twitter.

How can you use the new ipad for education?