Enterprising educators have big plans for Apple’s new tablet
David Woodbury got an early hint the iPad would be a big hit among the scholarly set.
When the Apple tablet went on sale to the public last spring, Woodbury ordered 30 for the libraries at North Carolina State University in Raleigh to be available for checkout by students and faculty. Demand was immediate and widespread.
“Literally, the hour we started [lending out iPads], we had students lining up to use them,” said Woodbury, NCSU’s Learning Commons Librarian.
That popularity is likely increase this fall. Universities and schools around the nation—and even the world—are distributing iPads to students and faculty to start the new school year. Some are using the device to lure talented freshmen; others hope faculty and students will merely experiment with the tablet as a learning tool. But a few educators are betting the iPad will herald a revolution in the classroom, once-and-for-all displacing musty textbooks in favor of a mobile multimedia device that can engage students in new and innovative ways.
Another fun toy has been developed for the iPad and iPhone. The AR.Drone is a helicopter with 4 blades(quadricopter) and 2 video cameras that can be controlled by an amazing video and graphic interface on the iPad. Using your thumbs, fingers, or tilting your mobile device, you can control the AR.Drone’s ascent, descent, and rotation. The product, developed by Parrot, sells for $299 and can be ordered on brookstone.com now.
Movie Vault for iPad is a great app for movie buffs of yesteryear, providing streaming over 3G and Wi-Fi. Although new movies are added frequently, most of the films available are from the 1940’s through the 1960’s. It’s a must have app for film enthusiasts who especially like older movies. Younger adults, teenagers, and those not impressed with classic movies and older styles of film may not find a need for the app.
Once you start up Movie Vault, there is a few minutes of waiting while the app updates the movie listings. There’s no waiting once you launch the app after that initial loading process. Users can easily pick any genre of film, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Western, and more. Movies are arranged on a shelf interface, much like the iBooks app. The iPad allows for easy swiping to the left and right to switch between movie genres.
Touching a movie icon brings up a window with details for that movie, including short description, director, date, writers, actors, and duration. After clicking “watch movie”, streaming begins within just a few seconds. There are currently some minor bugs that crash the app, but those should be worked out soon. And with new features coming soon like saving position in movie, more movies, navigating by year and actor, and more genres, this great app has even better potential.
Shipping delays have quietly shrunk from 5-to-7 business days to 3-to-5 days
The iPad shortages that delayed the launch of the iPad 3G and pushed back the international roll-out by a month have finally started to ease.
In a note to clients issued Wednesday, Susquehanna Financial’s Jeff Fidacaro notes that iPad shipping delays, which had been listed as 7-to-10 business days on Apple.com since early May, have now shrunk to 3-to-5 days.
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