We recently attended a webinar on “Proof and Possibility for the iPad in Higher Education”. The webinar presented us with a variety of educational apps to gain an understanding of the functionalities of the iPad. We were also introduced to “free and commercial software that enable faculty to develop and distribute their own eBook content.” The free software is Sigil (http://code.google.com/p/sigil/); the commercial software is pages (available through iTunes) and Adobe Indesign.
We learned more students are becoming more interested in using the iPad throughout their educational career; however, some institutions are having difficulties delivering content to the iPad that utilize flash technology. Flash is not supported on iPad, html is the supported technology. We did learn there is a free software program skyfire (http://www.skyfire.com) which is a mobile browser for android phones, iPad and iPhone that supports flash technology.
List of the educational apps discussed.
Content Consumption Apps
The World 2011
History of Jazz
Solar System for iPad
Awesome Note for iPad
Note Taker HD
Flashcards App HD
Sharing and Synching Apps
How Schools are Putting the iPad to Work
iPad news apps may diminish newspaper print subscriptions in 2011
iPad Review: From a Blindness Perspective
For information on the 2011 ACU Exploring Mobile conference, visit http://www.acu.edu/technology/mobilelearning/conferences/summit/tracks/index.html
Apple’s Page on accessibility:
NWMSU Developing Touch Screen Tech. for Army
The Reed College iPad Study
The iPad’s Competition