Part 1 of 2-Part Webinar, presented March 14, 2013 by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorfield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier.
Anthony Beal's insight:
Two presentations from the American Library Association on all aspects of using tablet computers in libraries. Very comprehensive and include lots of ideas for usage, apps, sample policies and user agreements and case studies from many different types of libraries. Part two contains the academic library case studies. American bias but lots of useful general information.
"The iPad Institute is organized in five clusters that correspond to the five days of direct instruction and hands-on practice aimed at accomplishing the objectives outlined below. To help accomplish all of this within the span of five days, participants will use iBooks to to work through the iPad Primer that includes video tutorials and links to the apps taught in the Institute. To download the Primer your iPad needs to have your Apple ID. If you do not yet have an Apple ID, you can get one by following this link to the Apple ID page."
Following a merger, Hull College supported staff in using more video resources to avoid inconsistencies in teaching methods. Staff confidence in technology has increased through creating resources themselves and supporting students filming what they are learning. Learner confidence and self-evaluation has improved. The College shares best practice during cross college training.
TechRepublic's Jason Hiner has little use for an iPad. But he's pinpointed six areas where it's become people's preferred device and is disrupting the PC market. Read this blog post by Jason Hiner on Apple.
Includes samples of library policies and samples of general apps loanded on iPads
"A few weeks ago I sent out an email to MEDLIB-L asking for librarians who are circulating iPads to contact me off list to answer some questions. I was really killing about 3 birds with one stone. Not only did iMedicalApps want me to write a story about libraries loaning iPads, but I wanted to investigate the idea for our library, and I wanted to share the information for others on this blog.
A lot of librarians got back to me and I want to thank everyone who responded."
In a response to a well written and thoughtful post that I recently read by @jmcconville1000, "Why the iPad is bad for education", I felt compelled to respond from my personal experience of rolling out a cart of 30 iPads in a shared high school environment.
Fundamentally I believe that an iPad can neither be good or bad. All it can ever be is an iPad. I argue instead, that when used effectively and with specific goals in mind, iPads can have a positive impact on education. Seeing that schools are investing money on these devices, the perspective to adopt is not a combative one, but rather one that explores how to effectively integrate the devices. Whether a school is 1:1, or there is a shared iPad cart, the devices can be used effectively.
Linkage College identified issues of cost and mobility in using big communication devices with some of their learners with specific needs. Initial trials identified an iPad as a more affordable and accessible alternative. Their use can improve interaction in the classroom and help individuals develop lifelong management skills relating to their communication needs.
There is a lot to like about the iPad when it comes to using them in the classroom. It’s light and fast. It turns on instantly. The battery lasts all day. Best of all, it’s about half the price of a macbook. Let’s face it, price matters when you’re buying at scale.
Microsoft is expected to announce Office apps for the iPad and Android tablets in November, according to tech news site Boy Genius Report. But you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, since there is no shortage of options for getting Microsoft Office software on your tablets. Here’s a quick look at the top three contenders.
"At Essa we have created a simple but effective learning experience that takes away the chores of traditional learning technologies. Simple, intuitive and effective are the key principles behind the implementation of the 'technology for creativity' vision at Essa.
The Academy has lead the way in its development of learning technologies, with 1:1 deployment of iPod touch devices and a rollout of iPads and AppleTV as a learning solution that allows the use of 21st Century learning resources and streamlined productivity in a educational setting."
Have you checked out a book from your public library and read it on your iPad yet? You didn’t know you could do that? It’s possible for library patrons to borrow books from their public library, read them on the iPad’s gorgeous screen, all without leaving home or ever having to worry about an overdue library book.
The majority of public libraries offer digital media to their patrons. As e-readers and tablets become more popular, it is likely that the amount of digital content available to readers will increase, as will public libraries’ commitment to invest in digital content. (USA)
"I’m delivering some iPad training to a school tomorrow, so thought it might be useful to collate some of the links I’ve been putting together for the session.
The session is concentrating mainly on teachers using the iPads for their own professional use, rather than being used as a classroom resource, but a lot of the apps below will be suitable for use by students too. I’ll do another post sometime of great apps for different subject areas.
Here’s some of the useful apps I’d recommend investigating. Some are free, others the price of a pint or so. Links are to the UK version of iTunes so other readers may need to do a search in the App Store to find the version for their region."