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iPad Mini Launches – How will it and others impact education?

October 26, 2012
at 9:27 am PST

As we look seriously at connected learning, the influx of notebooks and mobile learning applications has been astounding. This week, in fact, Apple took over much of the news with the launch of its iPad Mini. In the previous weeks leading up to this launch, I heard and read discussions around education being a key target audience for this new iPad offering, which renewed my intrigue in the use of handheld devices & mobile learning.

Bloomberg discussed the rise in iPads being used in the classrooms due to its “cool factor” and ability to encourage students to learn by increasing engagement. More than 2,500 classrooms currently utilize iPads as learning tools, and this number is expected to increase with the continued growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Superintendent of the McAllen Independent School District in Texas was quoted saying, “We’re moving away from desktops and laptops. Ninety percent of the work is now being done on mobile devices.”

Think about that for a minute -- ninety percent -- wow. With mobile learning amongst Forbes recent list of Five Technologies to Watch, it is obviously only going to increase in momentum. In addition, the potential revolution in digital textbooks is primed to change the entire landscape. The jury is still out on when that revolution will take place, but it’s looking more and more like a reality.

Are you, or do you know, an educator who is formatting educational materials for mobile devices and planning learning activities that leverage multimedia, videoconferencing and other features of smart phones and tablets? Tell us your story! (and what you think of the new iPad mini)

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3 Comments.


  1. As a math educator and developer I developped for my student tablet versions of my Dr. Geo interactive geometry software. I am really excited about the just-in-time dimension tablet bring in the teaching process. However I am not sure mobile device can fit all situation.

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    • October 29, 2012 at 5:23 am

      Absolutely Hilaire, the just in time aspect is exciting. I agree too that mobile devices do not fit every environment, and not every educator should be focused on integrating them into coursework.

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  2. IPads in school wish we had that when I was in school.

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