Are you thinking about buying an iPad? Do you own one already? Here are a few resources to help you get started:
Why would I need an iPad?
Ipads are larger than smart phones for reading books and viewing media, but they also add some of the features of a smart phone, like location and motion detection. They work well for checking email, working with basic pictures and movies, and running one of the many educational apps available for iPads. It’s easier to carry than a laptop, but it doesn’t run all the software that you may use on your laptop right now. Think of it as a supplement rather than a replacement.
Ipads come in two varieties: with and without cell phone data access. Data access costs more and requires a data plan, but it means you can use your iPad in areas where there’s no wi-fi coverage.
Can I use iPads with ANGEL?
Right now, ANGEL doesn’t fully support the iPad’s browser. They offer an app, but it would cost the campus a licensing fee. So the official answer is no, you can’t use an iPad with ANGEL yet. The slightly nuanced answer is that you can use some features, but other features won’t work at all. You can’t post to discussion boards or send ANGEL emails, for instance. This summer we’ll investigate an upgrade to ANGEL that may offer slightly more iPad support.
What ebooks does an iPad support?
Ipads use a proprietary ebook format called iBooks. You buy those books directly from Apple. However, they also support Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google Books, and many other eBook stores and formats. You just need to download and install the correct app from iTunes or in some cases, you just navigate to the correct website. Some books are also sold separately and can be read within a reading app, and some books are an app.
How can I get trained on an iPad?
This is something we’re evaluating right now. We’ll post more info as soon as we’ve got a training strategy in place.