Having used my darling husband’s iPad 1 and our school’s iPad 2’s, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of iPad 3 before I spent the money on my own iPad. I was interested in the better camera capabilities and the better screen.
There is no doubt that when you pick up the New iPad (apparently it is not called iPad 3.. ha!) the first thing that strikes you is the clarity of the screen. It truly is “brilliant! In every sense of the word.” Zooming in on pictures, playing videos or animated apps is a new experience.
But educationally does this far better visual experience make a difference? Probably not.
There is one feature, however, that is not publicised much at all. In fact it is the last thing Apple mentions on its website tucked under all the other whizz-bang features. I think this slight improvement could make a huge educational impact. It is the Dictation feature. On iPad 1 and 2, I used Dragon dictation for this sort of feature, or within apps such as Sound cloud or Posterous. But there is no need for dictation apps anymore, as literally anywhere there is a typing pad screen, the dictation function is available: writing notes, contacts, update twitter, and any apps!
This will make for seamless dictating possibilities for reluctant writers, for extending early finishers, for debating, for persuasive writing, or for language learning.
I am looking forward to trying out some dictations this week and will report back in. Just wanted to make a case for an iPad 3 if you were still hovering on the fence between the cheaper iPad 2’s. I think the money is well spent on the iPad 3’s features, especially the dictation feature.