Photo by Shailesh Appukuttan
I presented the project survey’s preliminary findings at the Teacher Training and Technologies Conference last week Friday (March 1) which was held at the University of Huddersfield. The slides can be found at the end of this post. I got the opportunity to present using the iPad and iPhone. I had recently bought a VGA adapter, Keynote app for the iPad and Keynote Remote for the iPhone to enable me deliver presentations. My main concern was not with using the Keynote apps and Apple devices for the first time to deliver a presentation. It was with the erratic Wifi connection on the ground floor of the Business School where I presented. Thankfully, my session experienced no Wifi connectivity problems.
The audience (mainly teacher educators) loved the minimalist presentation design. The keynote and Keynote Remote apps were a big hit. A number of people wanted to know what app I used to deliver the slides and I suspect some of them will be getting both Keynote apps very soon.
Some of the presentation’s key points were:
(1) Steve Jobs never said that the iPad was designed to replace the laptop or desktop. If you watch his 2010 Keynote iPad launch video, you will see that he referred to the iPad as a third category device which sits in between the smart phone and the laptop. The common criticism that the iPad is a terrible laptop replacement is unjustified because the device was never designed to replace the laptop.
(2) It is interesting that almost half of the 84 survey participants stated that they did not need additional support to maximise the iPad for academic practices. You would think most people would want some form of support (either formal and/or informal) to learn how to maximise their iPads which is still a relatively new device. I hope to explore some of the reasons for this lack of support interest during the semi-structured interviews.
(3) I concluded the presentation by saying that it is not really about the device (iPad or any smart device) but rather it is about the digital literacy skills that these smart devices enable academics to acquire as a result of using them over time.