iPad in the Classroom

I’ve had an iPad for a week or so and the kids are very enamored of it. Today I found a new thing that I could do thanks to a blog post that one of my PLN tweeted about (thanks Wes).

The blog post talked about how to mirror your laptop onto your iPad and then, using some specific software, turn it into an interactive whiteboard.

The display software costs $$$ to buy for your iPad but seems to be free for the Macbook. It was easy enough to install and run. Then I wondered. Would it still work if I closed the Ink2Go software and ran my IWB (ActivInspire) software on it’s own.

Sure enough it worked very nicely indeed. In the picture below you see:
Top Left: my initial desktop mirrored;
Top Right: writing on the iPad;
Bottom Left: drawing on the iPad;
Bottom Right: both screens mirrored.

Day 78 - iPad & Air Display

How it could be used in the classroom? Well – I can see it being used quite nicely during maths time – I teach my small groups using the IWB – each group has it’s own flipchart which we use to record all figuring out – the iPad could be used by a student to show how they’ve worked a problem out. Now I might not use it as much as others (thanks to my awesome IWB) but this is a nice way to give IWB ability to those who have a data projector but no IWB.

Time will tell.

I should mention that the mirroring gives the iPad user full control over the laptop including all menu control.

1000 word picture

They say a picture paints a thousand words. This is a screenshot of the NZ Geonet quake drum in McQueen’s Valley.

Screen shot 2011-03-05 at 12.13.05 PM

This image represents ONE day’s recordings from the quake drum closest to Christchurch. Here’s the explanation of what you’re seeing:

The timestamp shown at the top right of the seismograph drum shown below is the time when this image was last refreshed. Each horizontal line (or trace) represents 30 minutes, each vertical line is spaced 1 minute apart; 24 hours of recording are displayed in total. The most recent signal is drawn at the bottom right hand corner of the drum. Then read the traces from right to left, bottom to top, to get from the most recent to the oldest signals. The trace will appear red if the signals are very large; this means they have been clipped to stop them overwriting too much of the surrounding image. The scale auto-adjusts to give the clearest view of the bigger earthquakes when the ambient conditions are noisy due to bad weather, frequent small earthquakes or nearby human activity.

I tried to count the spikes – too many; then I tried to count the ones with red – I think there’s 23 of them!

Kia Kaha Christchurch.