iPad experiment

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Like the fanboy that I am, last night I queued for just over 2 hours to pick up a shiny new iPad 2, 32 GB, Wi-Fi model. I had never owned an iPad before and the feature bumps and quicker processor in the second incarnation of the device managed to persuade me to part with my cash.

So why am I putting this rather un-interesting news on a degree blog? Well, many people are calling the iPad a post-pc device, inferring that the device is like the next version of the personal computer to be used by the masses. Being an ICT teacher by trade, I obviously am wanting to get in on the action and see the devices application in the workplace / classroom. What I am proposing to do is to spend as much time on the iPad as I can and detach from my laptop. Is this possible with the current feature set and notable limitations of the device? That’s what I want to find out. Are the limitations of the device actually a new framework for using a device like this? These are all things I want to look into.

Now, I might be absolutely mad doing this now at the stage where there is only about a month to go until the work based major project is handed in, but that fits in nicely with the experiment, can I finish my work based major project on an iPad? That will be something to tell the grandkids…

The experiment has already begun, I am writing this post on the aforementioned device and I have already noticed how quickly I can type and also just how few mistakes I make on this keyboard!

So here we go, into the unknown, but the very exciting!

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2 Responses to iPad experiment

  1. Julian says:

    Are you sure you want to do this now Toby???I take it you’ll be leaving yourself the option of defaulting back to laptop in case of emergency. The deadline is still a deadline pad or no pad. I admire your chutzpah!

    Good luck

    • Toby says:

      Hi Julian,

      Thanks for the words of concern. So far so good, although I have discovered some limitations that might just completely thwart the experiment! Anyway, I will keep plodding along and see what I can/can’t do on the device. Hope you are staying sane with the pressure!

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