I AM A LATE ADOPTER to the iPad, mainly because I don't like feeding the Apple ecosystem while my actual spending power declines quarter-by-quarter. But Tipperary Institute loaned me an iPad and I've seen some important enhancements in learning that the little device enables. In my hands, the iPad increases my reading speed threefold when compared to paper copies and by a factor of five when compared to a mobile phone's touchscreen. That feat alone spells business productivity. But another thing has occurred right under my feet. I'm watching preschool children take to the iPad like it was a handheld Dora adventure. They don't merely consume video, although I've ripped dozens of Dora episodes onto the iPad for them. They use the iPad to develop hand-eye co-ordination, enhance memory skills, and build self-esteen. I'm no learning psychologist but I'm an observant father and third level lecturer. These positive outcomes are occurring and my major concern is the boredom the touchscreen generation must feel when they fall into a 20th century primary school classroom. That's a problem for another day.
Watch on YouTube or browse my iPad shots. I recorded the short video clip with the Nokia N8.