Well, I would have to describe my four days in Cupertino, CA as an out of body experience. Wow!!! I went for a professional development institute. And when I left Manhattan after looking at the agenda for the workshop, I thought to myself, “I am pretty comfortable with most of the topics on the agenda, I should be fine.” Clearly, I know very little. I learned so darn much I think my brain is running out my ears!!
As with most gatherings of educators, you learn as much, if not more, from the other participants during break time conversations and over meals than from the official presenters. Not that the official presenters weren’t great, they were, but the conversations were RICH. I met so many amazing educators. And even though this was at Apple headquarters and sponsored by Apple, it was not a sales pitch, it was about learning and education. I am so impressed.
We did have lunch in the MAC Cafe, where the employees eat daily. Again, WOW!! Great food, great atmosphere and oh my the choices!! I would weight 300 pounds if I had that place to eat for lunch everyday. We also had the opportunty to purchase something in the the “The Company Story.” I am now the proud owner of a couple of logo shirts and a zip-up sweatshirt which I will have to hide from my daughter or she will make it hers!!
I did see Steve Jobs walking into the MAC Cafe for lunch, so that was exciting.
I did learn a great deal about the iPad I want one, and will purchase an iPad the moment I can spare the bucks. I hope that it is in my immediate future. After what I saw and playing with it for a a short time, I truly believe the iPad is going to be transformational in education. I especially believe it will be for literacy and the way we read. Check out some of the children’s books, for example Toy Story or Alice in Wonderland. Wow, it is better than paper, it is almost as if it is 3D, it can read it to you, highlighting the words as it reads, or as a parent, I can read and record it for my child and it does about a zillion other things. There is a FREE app and a paid one, the paid one is only $4.99 and is rich and robust. The iPad might just get all kids reading. I am so much more impressed that I expected to be.
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The best way to experience the web, email, photos….
iPad details Hand’s-On
PC Magazine Review, April 05, 2010 – The best way to know if the Apple iPad is right for you is to test-drive it at home. Hard to do that without buying it first. It’s easier to simply watch this video of PCMag Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff and his family trying it out in their home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaW_K3i7vUs&feature=related
Wired Magazine Review - April 05, 2010 – Wired.com takes a look at Apple’s latest creation, the iPad. Sporting a beautiful, responsive 9.7 inch touchscreen and a store chock-full of useful apps, the iPad presents an intuitive way to casually consume media. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=see2JlWpQQY
Wired Magazine 5 Cool Apps -April 20, 2010 – Wired.com tries out 5 iPad apps that could be worth your while. Apps included are Flight Control, Beautiful Planet HD, Air Harp, Marvel Comics and Weather HD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkAn28Bg0bI
Lang Lang Plays Flight of the Bumblebee on the iPad at the San Fransisco Symphony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvplGbCBaLA
iPad Pro Keys by Kevin Honeycutt
Meet the iPad
It has a revolutionary, 9.7-inch, high-resolution, Multi-Touch screen. And it can run almost 140,000 apps from the App Store. All in a design thats just 1.5 lbs and 0.5 inches thin. For as little as $499. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-YAQ1wfNqc
iPad and searching the Internet
iPad is the best way to experience the web. See how the Safari app on iPad lets you view whole pages in portrait or landscape on the large multi-touch screen.
iPad and Photos
Theres nothing like viewing and sharing photos on iPad. See how the Photos app lets you browse your pictures with a flick, preview them with a pinch, and show them off in an incredible slideshow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC95ARd96wI
iPad and Video
Watching video on iPad is like having a big screen right in your hands. See for yourself how the 9.7-inch high-resolution display and onscreen controls make iPad perfect for watching HD movies, TV shows, podcasts, and more.
Tutorial: How to Read you old (non-ebub) eBooks using iBooks