Access to iTunes U by mobile devices

The link below discusses the increasing use of mobile devices, particularly those using iOS, to access iTunes U content:

Open University’s iTunes U success driven by mobile learning and iOS.

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‘iPad Curriculum’

‘iPad Curriculum’ is a blog about how iPad apps can be used as learning tools. See:

iPad Curriculum

I think this is a great example of the development that can occur once a device has been created. Once its built, people start looking at different ways it can be used, and now more and more people are starting to look at how tablets and mobile devices can be used for education (among other things).

To find more education iPad apps, try www.apple.com/education/apps/. For Android devices, see market.android.com/apps/EDUCATION

iPads for Kindy kids?

You may have heard that kindy kids in Auburn, Maine, USA, are all getting iPads. The idea seems to have its critics, for example, some of the mothers in the city don’t think it’s a good idea.

It raises a few questions, including when should kids have access to technology. One view seems to be that early access to tech might stifle development, while others seem to think that it will help the kids be more comfortable using technology.

Perhaps the best view would be to think of technology as an enabler. This way, the technology isn’t as important as what it can do. I was having a discussion with a mate the other day, and we were talking about how some are constantly connected to their phones. We wondered whether people should take a break from technology every now and then. I feel that the important part isn’t that they are always talking/texting/twittering, but that people can do so if they wanted to. The technology now allows people to connect with who they want to when they want to.

In the case of giving children at kindy an iPad, it doesn’t mean that the kids should only do ‘tech’ things. They should still be able to do all the other things that kids do at kindy, but now the tech becomes an enabler for them to do other things as well.