Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Evaluation of iPad for Education

Reed College, in Portland Oregon, reports on their evaluation of the use of the iPad in class here. Reports on the use by students and faculty are available.

Whereas a previous evaluation was very critical of the usefulness of the Kindle DX in the class context, this report seems to support the adoption of tablets in the classroom.

The report particularly commented positively on the legibility of material on the iPad, the usability of the touch screen and the size and weight of the tablet. It was also found to be particularly useful if students wanted to switch between texts in class, and the search ability and navigation within texts was also positively evaluated.

They commented that PDF transferability was somewhat difficult, the filing system was not optimally user friendly and that the on-screen keyboard of the iPad did not efficiently support more than short comment typing. Some other concerns related to cost factors and accessibility

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