I watched the news come out today about the iPad 2. So, to jump right to it, here's what I took from it that's most meaningful for educators.
1. Two cameras: This means creativity. Students will be able to take this device and create, edit and share a movie. To add, virtual field trips or video conferencing are much easier now. GarageBand will also be available...to expand on the creativity.
2. AirPlay and Video Mirroring: With video mirroring, whatever the teacher does, the students will be able to see...it's a VGA adapter so it will be plugged in. So if the teacher is demonstrating an application, the students see what's happening. Now if it's wireless that your after, AirPlay allows for wireless sharing of video, music, etc. with an HDTV. So students could create and then send / share their project to the TV without plugging into anything. I am unsure if AirPlay will allow apps to be shared / shown or not. We'll see.
3. The reports say that it's up to 9x faster, 33% thinner and 15 % lighter as well. So that's good. Many of us wouldn't mind being 9x faster, 33% thinner and 15% lighter.
I can't wait to see how the iPad 2 changes the teaching and learning process.
I can't wait...well, I'll have to until March 11th. Now that's when we can order. But when do they ship? April? May? June? I want to know!