Tag Archives: iPad

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… There’s an app for that!

This has got to be one of the most awesome interactive books in the world.

I want! I want! I want!

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>iPads are just really cool!

>I went to this iPad seminar this afternoon and am totally flabbergasted by how powerful it really is. Yeah, I knew you could use it to read books, play Angry Birds, take notes, watch netflix, keep your calendars, listen to music, watch YouTube, etc… I learned a lot in this seminar but am trying to figure out what would be best to take back to my work peeps. I’m supposed to present what I learned.

It was mostly about using iPads in education. How colleges and schools are using it in their classrooms now and how they believe this is going to change the way kids learn. Instead of forbidding the devices in the classroom, give them one and allow them to use it. A totally new concept. The speaker, Keith Mountin, had a graph that showed 52% of the kids who had iPads in class were actually using them to take notes. That was higher than the percent of kids who were playing games. (We were supposed to laugh here.)

The main point I think the library would be interested in was the accessibility features. Keith showed us how a college kid who was deaf used his iPad to communicate with people. There are apps that can translate spoken words into text and even an app for sign language. There are swipe features you can use to zoom in on the screen for people who are visual impaired. It really reminded me of our Adaptive Workstation except instead of it being so desktoppy huge, it was all in the iPad. I wonder how much difference in cost they are?

I can definitely see some great potential of using the iPad in the library setting. They can be used for research (there was an app that featured interactive textbooks, historical timelines, maps, art, etc), periodicals (there are apps that aggregate news feeds from various news sites), the adaptive workstation as I mentioned above, they could even be used for our computer classes (there were presentation apps that you could be roving around the room and use the iPad to show your presentation instead of being locked behind the laptop). I know we mentioned the prospect of having roving librarians. Armed with an iPad, this would be totally possible. They wouldn’t have to go to the nearest computer to look something up, or they wouldn’t have to carry around a heavy laptop.

Marketing could also be done by using the iPad using social media. It’s now easier than ever to take a quick photo (with the iPad2) and post it on facebook right away. No more running back to the computer every time to post something. It’s easier to type on the iPad than it is a smart phone, just because of the size of it. The portability, ease of use, and functionality really make the iPad a huge asset in anyone’s hands.

>Identification please?

>I finally got the photos off my iPad. I couldn’t upload them directly to the blog but had to upload them to the laptop first, then post them on the blog. I’m still trying to figure out a way to post them directly. If there is a way, I will find it. I’m that determined. Of course I really haven’t tried that hard yet so give me some time.

Anyway, here is the photo of the purple flowers in my yard. I think they are crocuses but not sure.

I took these photos of some flowers in my mom’s flower bed. She’s not sure what these are either. The white ones look like daisies but they were only a few inches tall.

>Happy Easter!

>It was a beautiful Easter Sunday today! I went to my mom’s house and had a great meal complete with ham, turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, etc. Needless to say, I left there stuffed to the gills. I only had three pieces of the fruit pizza. Argh! Really, it’s time to start the diet. Anyway, all three of my sisters were there along with some of their kids and significant others. There were only three who couldn’t be there. It was quite a crowd and the house was packed! Thank God for a beautiful spring day so we could put a table outside!

After we got back home I worked in the back yard for a while. I’m finding all sorts of flowers coming up. My yard is going to be full of peonies, irises, and lilies. I will post some photos as soon as I figure out how to get them from the iPad to the blog. I’m sure there is an app for that but I haven’t found it yet.