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iPad mini - what do you think?

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Started by Catriona Pene 05 Nov 2012 10:41am () Replies (17)

I am the proud new owner of an iPad mini. I bought the most basic model 16gb $479 to trial with myself, with students in schools, for my three boys to trial at home and for my 12 year old to trial at school in his BYOD setting.

So what do I think?

I love it for my own use, the smaller size and lighter weight means it will be easier for me to take wherever I go and I do just really love the feel of it. It is more like a book to hold, fitting nicely in one hand and just like when you return home after having a second child and your first born suddenly seems huge, my "old" iPad 2 now seems very heavy and clunky by comparison. It is fast on my home wireless, the battery lasted the advertised 10 hours and the new lightning plug is easy to use and gave an impatient me a fast recharge.

My 12 year old has given it a huge thumbs up, it is a perfect fit for his needs of BYOD at school. Small enough to safely transport to and from school each day and yet a much more useful screen size than his previous iPod. He reports that the camera is easier to use and that apps load faster.

In the classroom I suspect the larger ipad2 and 3 formats will still be preferable for group work and collaboration, particularly in primary schools, but where students are pimarily using it for a personal device this smaller format is great. The camera too is much easier to manage as the device is easier to hold.

The price? Yes only $100 cheaper than an iPad 2 so not much cheaper but that still means you get 6 iPad mini for the price of 5 iPad2s and $100 buys a you a whole lot of apps.

So there are my first impressions, I will take it into schools with me this week and get the feedback from students and teachers.

Who else out there is trialling them? What do you think?

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  • Tim Kong (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2012 4:14pm ()

    I think the statement "It's becoming harder to keep up" is critical here.

    Do we get this excited when we buy a newly shaped pack of Post-It notes? Or a pen with a gel-based thumb protector? Do we refer to the pencil as it gets smaller with sharpening, to the pencil-mini?

    What are we keeping up with exactly? Apple's reality distortion field? Or their stock prices?

    Because as far as I'm aware, neither of those have anything to do with our teaching and learning aims.

    Don't get me wrong - I use Apple products, and they perform a series of tasks admirably. But apart from being excited about the form factor of the Mini - as far as I know there is nothing different from the tasks that it can be used for. 

    But unless we're constantly critical of the things being pimped as "essential" to the business of education, in my opinion, we're missing the point of being educated and acting as educators. 

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