Friday round-up: A week’s worth of interesting iPad-Related Reads

Have I mentioned my adorable little google alert for ipads in education? No? Shame on me.

Well,  I have set up a google alert to email me once a week articles with the keywords ipads and education. Although many of them are from small town community newspapers like this one from the Slidell Sentry News in St. Tammany Louisiana, and talk about how their local school have purchased ipads, some of them are of a more global and interesting nature. As I am usually zombie-like by the time Friday arrives I am going to use this day to highlight some of these articles. Sort of like my interesting stuff column in my New@thelibrary, but for ipads…

1. Solar-powered ipads to be used in Zimbabwe :
This is a very shot account of the collaboration between Apple and the Zimbabwe government.  Some questions come up though- what are they going to do for apps? If it was a problem that the computers were being stolen, how is it going to change with the ipad? How easy would it be to convert an ipad to solar power? Hmmm….

2. iPads to outpace computers in school  by 2016
A brief article from School Library Journal describing a survey of U.S. Educational IT Directors.

3. Social Media: Changing our world of Education
This is a scoop.it, site, which at first glance, looks like a curating site. What the heck does that mean? It means it takes tidbits from other sites all on the same subject and puts them together. I found a great tutorial for ipad beginners, 10 apps for education from emerginged, and more!re is also a scoop.it site called ipads in education – almost got stuck there. Check it out a lot of interesting stuff!

4. School department Explores Swapping Textbooks for iPads
Verrry interesting. Imagine if each student only had to bring their ipads to class- in it would be all their textbooks (hopefully enhanced to fit the potential of the format)? In addition to not needing a chiropractor for our children, how much easier it will be to organise them!

5. Interview with an iPad coach, Part 1
Brief but interesting that this position even exists. Makes me thnk of porr Ms. Wall, who’s iPads duties are just one of many IT responsibilities in the school. I bow to you, oh Mistress Wall, holder of all IT knowledge. I bow to you.

Oh. And there is also a great list of criteria the ipad coach lists to evaluate an app.

Okeydokily, my fellow Traf peeps. This is ipadyoupad, over and out.

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