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The iPads in Arts and Sciences Blog

iPads in A&S is a great blog dedicated to providing help, advice, and tutorials on using the iPad in an educational setting. The blog is run by the University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences. Although some information is specific to the university and/or department, it’s still a very valuable tool and can help out with a variety of situations you and your iPad may get into:

As you may be able to tell, this site provides useful information to anyone from beginners to advanced iPad users. Check in every so often and learn something new!

Popular Tablets Compared

Conflicted about which tablet you want to buy? A few weeks back, Engadget compared the technical specifications behind four of the most talked-about tablets: the HP TouchPad, Motorola Xoom, Blackberry Playbook, and the Apple iPad. Although the TouchPad and Playbook haven’t been released yet, it is rumored they will be here before Summer 2011. The comparison is shown below, and you can find the full article here.

Engadget Tablet Comparison

Institutions using iPad note that iPad good for “lightweight tasks”

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Students experimenting with iPads (Inside Higher Ed/Houston CC)

After a semester of testing out iPads, early reports are detailing how iPads have been useful in browsing websites and e-mail and other generally lightweight tasks. Feedback from students found that about half used the device more for entertainment while the rest tended to use the iPad as a supplemental tool in the classroom rather than something that replaced textbooks and laptops.

Read more at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/12/22/college_students_test_drive_the_apple_ipad

iPad use Increasing in Higher Education

As reported in a recent Campus Technology article, the use of iPads has been increasing in higher education institutions. A continually updated list of colleges and universities along with other industries using the iPad is maintained by ZDNet bloggers at http://ipadpilots.k12cloudlearning.com/. Although initially approached with some skepticism regarding its use in education, it seems that more institutions are adopting iPads for use not just as an experimental tool but for classes as well.