Saturday, 9 June 2012

Free iPads (Day 6 #blogjune)

My previous blog post was about attending ILT2012. This was an amazing conference and I learned so much. One of the things that stood out to me was the prolific use of iPads, both by delegates and by speakers in their programs/presentations. The intuitive nature of the device makes it ideal for those with many different types of learning disabilities. Add to this the fact that you can get a number of applications that will read text out to students, convert text to audio, allow for interactivity and create content. Web pages can be converted to ePub, and then annotated, with these notes aggregated at the beginning of the book. Words can be defined while reading or spoken out loud, again using ePub format.

The conference actually had 200 iPads for usefor free by delegates (nowhere near enough to satisfy all! I think there were 1200 delegates all up) for the duration of the conference. Many delegates tweeted and took notes, but the most interesting use was delegates taking photos of slides rather than taking notes! How would you use your iPad at a conference?

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