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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #57)

January 29, 2010

I am sure most of you will have heard by now about the iPad, a little device that was announced to the world yesterday (Korean time).  Even though Apple’s new tablet computer won’t be on sale for another couple of months,  every man and his dog has been quick to give their views on whether the iPad will be “the next big thing”.

While there are definitely some key features that are missing, I firmly believe that Apple are heading in the right direction. They have made a computer that is so easy to use that even a grandmother would have no problems using.

It’s the applications that are the key to the iPad’s future and this is one product that I can see myself buying and using all the time.

iPad and Teaching

As teachers, we have all wondered how long it would take for computers to replace a pen, notebook and textbooks in the classroom.  While we already use the computer, internet, printers and projectors to prepare and present lessons, our students still use a pen and paper to write their notes and answers in class.  The simple fact is that, even taking away the high cost of computers, using pen and paper is actually far easier and better for students to use.  Could products like the iPad change this?

Korea Times has written an article today about the iPad, Will iPad Succeed in Korea? Although it has been talked about before, I was very interested in the part about replacing textbooks with e-books:

Less is certain whether consumer electronics makers will be eager to produce devices to directly compete with the iPads, when local demand for tablet computers looks uncertain beyond the government’s project to replace textbooks with e-books in schools.

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Trigem Computer, which had previously dabbled with the government project to provide e-book readers and electronic textbooks to schools, is another potential candidate in the market.

It won’t happen over the next couple of years, but I do believe that devices like the iPad will find their way into classrooms and become an essential learning tool.   With the release of the iPad, hopefully this will help spur on the development of more user friendly tablet computers.

What are your thoughts?  Are the days of the pen and notebook numbered?  How could tablets be used in the classroom?  Could you use the iPad in the classroom now as a teacher’s tool?

The Killers Cancel Seoul Concert

The Killers have cancelled their upcoming February concert due to a serious illness to a close family member of the band.  I was really looking forward to this concert, so I hope everything works out well and they can reschedule another concert soon.  Here is the statement from their website.

Here’s the stories making the news this week:

Feel free to comment on any of the stories and make use of the easy sharing options available – in just a few quick clicks you can share any of these stories to all your teaching mates in Korea.

I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.

Cheers,

Ken

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