So, iPad as tool for teaching? Jury's still out. I've used it with AirSketch and MobileMouse (more on these apps in the future), but these haven't really changed the way I teach. However, as a tool for personal professional development the iPad will be tough to beat. I've already shown off FlipBoard for getting me back into Twitter. But I've also downloaded a number of apps for media consumption. These include:
- NPR - Full audio and news stories
- PBS - Has some full episodes of great shows, including Nova!
- TWiT - The Twit network is a great place to keep up on changes in technology
- NASA - Includes some great pictures, videos, and info from NASA
- NY Times & USA Today - I far prefer my newspapers in this form. No stacks of paper to deal with
- TED - Great inspiring talks.
In addition, it makes a great ereader. It's pretty easy to pull in PDFs, I've been using GoodReader as my app of choice for this. Again, noting I couldn't use my laptop for, it's just more pleasant.
The bottom line is that I've been consuming more media related to education and improving my teaching with the iPad than I was before the iPad. So, the direct impact on my teaching may be minimal so far, but the indirect impacts will likely be large.