Possible Devices - Pros/Cons

Things to have in class:
  • power bars
  • charging cords for common devices
  • projector cords
  • speakers
  • headphone splitters
  • headphones with inline microphone (like white apple ear buds have)
  • headphones with two separate jacks for headphone and microphone

Other Ideas:

  • students in groups with one school device (if possible) and then own devices so that each group has a few devices and no one is without
  • "Tech"sperts. Something I learned from Mali Bickley - have students sign up for tools/technologies that they will help others use


Devices
Pros
Cons
Cost
What Can be Done on this Device
iPod Touch and iPhone
- many students have them
- media creation capability
- camera
- small, handheld
- students are generally very familiar with this technology
- lots of free apps available
- no flash, so things like Gizmos (math) and other interactive websites may not work
- small screen
- typing for long periods of time can be a pain
- some websites are awkward
- small and so get forgotten, dropped and stolen often
- some important apps are paid apps
- not all parents allow students to install their own apps, so need to work with parents too
- no "filing system", so cannot upload documents to sites like Moodle or Learning Management Sytems (D2L) --> need to use work arounds
- current version is $299
- refurbished older versions can be bought for $149-$199
- blog posting
- voicethreads
- making movies
- recording audio
- editing/annotating images
- evernote for organizing notes, images, files, etc.
- take pictures and video
- podcasting
- on-the-fly recording and documenting of learning
- taking pictures of documents or material for learning
- use as a document camera
-web polling
iPads
- students generally intuitively know how to work them from experience with iPod Touches and iPhones
- excellent media creation capability
- camera
- big screen (on full-sized devices, iPad mini screens are smaller)
-lots of free apps available
- no flash, so things like Gizmos (math) and other interactive websites may not work
- typing for long periods of time can be a pain
- some important apps are paid apps
- not all parents allow students to install their own apps, so need to work with parents too
- no "filing system", so cannot upload documents to sites like Moodle or Learning Management Sytems (D2L) --> need to use work arounds
- iPad minis currently start at $329
- iPad full-size start at $429
- annotate student work for feedback
- voicethreads
- making video
- making tutorials with drawing on screen and audio recording
- photoshop
- take pictures and video
- creation of audio and music files
- on-the-fly documentation of learning
- blog posting
- evernote
- document creation
- cartoon creation
- animation creation
- use as a document cameral
- adobe connect
- web polling
BlackberryPlaybook
- flash-capable (so works with the Ministry e-Learning interactive modules)
- has a filing system so can create documents and upload to learning management systems
- apps needed are mostly free
- more apps becoming available as time goes on
- full-functioning web tablet
- not a media-creation device (cannot edit video, audio in the same way)
- can be slow sometimes
- currently unavailable for purchase, but most recent cost was $149 for 16GB
- access web
- evernote
- voicethreads
- record audio and images and video (but not edit or create nor share easily
- dropbox
- create, store, share documents
- blog posting
- draw images
- adobe connect
- web polling
- upload documents to D2L
Android Tablets
- flash-capable
- a wide variety of price points
- large app store, many available for free
- no java which means they cannot upload files to D2L (learning management system)
- range from $99 to $700
- access web- evernote
- voicethreads
- record audio and images and video
- create, store, share documents
- blog posting
- web polling
Laptops
- keyboards and mouse pads for prolonged use
- lots of free software and web-based tools available
- full use of online tutorials, animations, interactive websites
- no access to OSAPAC licensed software on STUDENT devices yet (example: students cannot put Frames4 onto their devices). This will likely change as solutions are found
- range from $250 to thousands of dollars
- everything
Windows Tablets
I have not used??



Google Chromebooks
- full use of the internet and web-based tools
- keyboard and mouse trackpad for prolonged use
- fast start up
- internet reliant
- can't install software (like media creation software like Frames 4 or something), completely rely on web-based tools
$300 and up (right now only available for purchase in USA I think)
- document creation
- web based animations, tutorials and sites all work well
- blog posting
- web polling
- evernote
- voicethreads
- record audio and images onto web programs