Ok, I’ve officially given up on my iPad.
With my new gig, I’m always on the road. Since most of my travel is “car-free,” I need to keep my supplies to a minimum. In the beginning, I naturally assumed that my 3G iPad would be my natural travel partner.
However, I’ve just about given up on it. Being as my work requires me to type extensive reports and use a slew of files, the iPad just made everything take longer. (It was sort of like trying to mix cookie dough without a mixer—doable, but a pain!)
Plus, the iPad couldn’t watch flash videos (or anything else flash for that matter) so it didn’t facilitate modeling the many Web 2.0 tools that I love to use. Finally, it often sputtered when displaying the lengthy slide decks that I use during presentations. All in all, it wasn’t meeting my needs.
While I agree with the many supporters who point to the development of content creation apps (such as Animoto, Educreations, etc.), I’m still not sure if those apps are easier or better than using web versions a regular laptop.
Given my experience, I’m wondering how schools with 1:1 iPad deployments are finding the transition. Are you finding that students could accomplish much more with a simple netbook? Does the ability to create an edited, focused, environment on the iPad lead to greater engagement from students? Essentially, how’s it going?
Just wondering what folks are finding out there!