When @Ron_mill presented me with this iPad last week, he indicated that it was on the provision that I share my learning as I hopefully become proficient with it.
I’ve had it for a couple of days and have indeed learned quite a bit. One thing that surprised me from the get go was how long it takes to charge the device. It’s considerably longer than my iPod but it’s a small price to pay given how long it runs when fully charged. A recharging plan will have to be put in place. It definitely will have a different focus from a notebook or iPod.
@rebrouse told me to download Flipboard and that was great advice. I’m still experimenting with it as my sense is that I’ll be able to do more with it than my first blushes are showing. Probably more to follow on that.
So if I’m going to blog about this, it makes sense to use a blog management tool. BlogPress seems like a good tool so I downloaded it and this post is created using it. It has support for the major platforms and word press of course so I should be good to go. We’ll see in a couple of minutes when I publish this. I’m still wrestling with the keying but that should get better with practice.
The real find for me for use in education is a free application called TwinWeb. As you know, I have a concern about Media Literacy particularly when it comes to finding and using information found in web searches. It seems to me that this is the perfect application for a part of the lessons at least.
What it does is split your screen into two browsing windows. So, if the lesson is to decide if the value from your favourite engine is best, do a search in it and one with another engine in the bottom. In this picture, I’ve searched for “dougpete” on Google and on Bing. If search is an absolute science then the results should be too, right? Not necessarily. Now, you could do this with a tabbed browser but i think that the fact that both are in your face has such a powerful impact. The closest that I could think of desktop wise would be to tear off a Chrome tab and display two searches side by side. I would urge you to download this application and see what you think.
And now for the next test of the day, I’m uploading through BlogPress…
– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad