I was slightly dubious about using iPads in a session at University. I am the first to admit that I am pro-technology within education, but not being an Apple user I could not see the educational potential that iPads had. I personally thought that they would be an easy distraction for people to ignore tasks and play on Angry Birds.
In hind-sight I was slightly ignorant to think as much. Within the session we were advised to use Notability™ in order to create spider-diagram plans of our own curriculums. This required students to research ideas for their own curriculums, jotting them down into the programme. There are many advantages to doing this rather than on a piece of paper. Firstly, the instant access to information is invaluable; not only is this practical, it also defers tutors to sending groups off to the library to do research, which frankly results in not enough computers and people disappearing to Costa. Secondly, the fact that these ideas are now online is much better than having a piece of paper to lose or ignore at a later date. It also allows for easily displaying of the work on the projector.
I think the reason I was wrong about people getting distracted is the fact that students were genuinely interested in the educational capabilities of the iPads. It was a new interesting piece of software that the majority of us had not seen before and we jumped at the opportunity to use it. Also the ease of using the iPads was much more appealing than having to write pages of notes.
The session with the iPads has definitely enlightened me on a personal level. I would always struggle with my notes in class; to keep them organised, neat and understandable. After the session with the iPads however, I have begun to type up my notes onto my laptop, using apps on Windows 8 to complete things such as spider diagrams.
I have now taken this a step further and started taking my laptop to classes with me, in order to compile notes and save myself a lot of time. This has not only helped me organise my work, I believe, it has also improved my learning.
Although using my laptop does not have the same practicality as using an iPad, or the same software, the concept is the same. Developments for me though, would be to see more sessions based around technology. The sessions work so smoothly, I would not hesitate in recommending more sessions like it.
I would also like to see more use of technology/ iPads from tutors. I recently came across a screen recording app that if used correctly, can record anything on screen, whilst highlight and moving around a document, while recording audio. This would allow for much more detailed feedback with assignments and also a lot more clarity. Hopefully we will see an increased use of iPads and technology in general in the near future.