iPad Meeting Highlights

Here are some highlights from the iPad  meeting which took place this month.

iPad 2.0

The new iPad was released March 11, 2011. Here’s how it compares to version 1:

  • 33% thinner, and slightly lighter than the iPad 1
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Resolution is the same as the first one
  • Equipped with HD video
  • Faster and “snappier” than the original iPad
  • More sensitive to rotation
  • Upgrading to the radio feature will allow for a better signal

iPad 2 Accessories

  • With the release of the iPad 2 look out for colorful case covers.
  • The cover will also feature magnetic attraction which will put the iPad into sleep mode when it is placed over the screen.

Faculty Presenters

Professor Michelle Pulaski Behling shared a few of  the ways in which she incorporates the iPad in her Social Media course.

  • The conversation prism is often used at the beginning of the semester to expose students to a variety of online social tools.
  • Students use the iPad to look up current events at the start of class.
  • Students access specific twitter accounts to see how Web 2.0 technologies impact social media.

Professor Jane Kinney Denning and Professor Manuela Soares  presented on: The Effects of  the iPad on the Publishing Department

  • Within the Publishing department, two students received “iPad internships”. The students’ knowledge of the iPad led to opportunities with two companies who were interested in incorporating the iPad  into their businesses by making book applications.
  • With the iPad classroom teaching styles are more interactive and appealing.
  • The iPad is revolutionizing books and magazines and changing the business model for publishing.
  • Faculty members are noticing a shift to ebooks because they are cheaper for students to purchase.

FYI’s

  • The University is working on getting wireless printers to support AirPrint.
  • For those of you who had difficulties with the BlackBoard Mobile application, you can  download the BlackBoard app for the iPhone. If you already downloaded the updated version of the Blackboard app for the iPad then you may need to delete the app and reinstall it if you want the new features to work properly.
  • If you are looking for some interesting educational apps check out Kobo (ebook store), and Cultures.

The next iPad meeting will be on  April 6, 2011 (9:30 AM-11:30 AM) in room 510 at 1 Pace Plaza and April 7th (10:00 AM-12:00 PM) on the PLV campus.  An Apple representative will present interesting topics at our meeting so please bring your iPads.

See you there!

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