Yesterday’s much awaited announcement of the iPad 2 did not disappoint. Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple was on hand to unveil the new iPad at a live press conference demonstrating the new features of the new iPad 2. The iPad 2 will be available in store and online March 11th.
In the past year, Apple’s iPad has made a significant impact on the education world. Administrators, teachers, and students have all embraced the tablet style computing device in the classroom. Many features, including the long battery life, portability, innovative 3rd party applications, lower pricing point when compared to laptops and accessibilities options have made it a viable laptop alternative in the classroom.
From an educators stand-point, the updated options that are available on the iPad 2 will make it an even more popular device to use in the classroom. Here are the new options and how I think it will impact the education world:
The iPad 2 has a new duo-core processor. This will allow students to process data at a faster speed without much lag time. Students can create projects and multi-task smoothly with this faster processor rather than using it to surf or passively learn. This will also allow app developers to create more robust apps that will be an advantage when teaching complex material in the classroom.
The iPad 2 has two cameras, one at the front of the device and one on the back. This will allow students to take pictures and videos on the iPad 2 for class assignments. The new apps, iMovie, Photo Booth, and even Face Time can be used by the students to produce polished, innovative projects.
Lighter weight & Longer Battery Life
The iPad 2 is lighter than the original iPad. This increases the ease of portability even more. The battery life has also been increased by 1 hour. The iPad 2 has a 10 hour battery life. This is one of the best selling points for its use in school. Students can use the iPad for a full day of school without ever having to charge the device.
There is now no need for any teacher to have to “jailbreak” their iPad. The original iPad had no way of connecting to a projector. This was a disadvantage to teachers who wanted to use the device to show students movies, apps, or lessons on the iPad. Now, the iPad 2 can connect to a projector using extra accessories, the Digital AV adaptor or the VGA adaport. This will allow teachers to connect their iPad 2 to either a projector or television (even HDTVs). These accessories also allow the iPad 2 to be charged during the presentation. What is displayed on the iPad 2 will be mirrored onto the larger screen.
iPad Smart Cover
Reading various sites online, there was not much buzz about the new cover that Apple has created for the iPad 2. However, as a teacher, I thought it was a great invention. The new Smart Cover, when placed over top of the iPad 2, automatically turns the device into sleep mode. When removed from the top of the iPad 2, it can be used as a stand. It fits great and aligns perfectly making for an easy transition between use and non-use. For the classroom, it will save battery life when students are not using the device along with providing a protective cover when not in use. This will be useful between transitions of students needing to focus on the teachers’ directions and not using the iPad 2 to when the students can then use the iPad 2 for the classroom lesson.
There are also many successful features that Apple has incorporated from the iPad to the iPad 2. The new device has the same pricing point as the original, along with the one-touch off and on options, and accessibility features for individuals with disabilities.
The iPad 2 will be a big hit both in and out of the classroom. I’m very excited to see the impact that it will have on education over the next year.
Article By Laura Ketcham
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