The iPad was launched by Apple in April 2010 and the iPad 2 in March 2011. (The iPad 3 is rumoured to launch in Spring 2012.) Since April 2010 25 million iPads have been sold. The iPad 2 has front and back facing cameras for both stills and video, battery life of 10 hours, is thin and light with a screen size of 9.7 inches. It supports multi-touch operations such as tapping, swiping, pinching and flicking! To find out more about the iPad specifications click here.
The operating system the iPad uses is called iOS. The iPad has access to all of the iTunes features and free podcasts including the specific educational content in iTunes U. It has access to over 500,000 apps in the App Store, with over 140,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad. To find out more about the App Store click here.
The iPad is used in a variety of educational contexts. In Edinburgh there are iPads being successfully integrated into the learning and teaching in all sectors – nursery, primary, secondary and special. To read more about the iPad in education click here and to read more about the iPad in Edinburgh click here. (Glow login is required for Edinburgh content.)
Throughout the world the iPad is being used in education and also as part of 1:1 learning projects. Click on the links below to find out more about some of these projects.
Scotland: Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock
England: Essa Academy in Bolton
Australia: Victoria State Government iPads for Learning
USA: Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop High School in Minnesota