iPad & Tablet Devices

A tablet is a mobile computer, larger than a mobile phone, with a flat touchscreen. Operations are performed by touching the screen rather than using a physical keyboard. The main source of software for these devices is through online distribution, rather than boxed software sold directly from software vendors. This software, known as “apps” (applications), is sold by “app stores.”

In April 2010 Apple Inc. released the iPad, which rapidly became the “king” of tablets and has shaped the market for tablets since. The majority of other tablets run on Google’s Android operating system or Microsoft’s Windows software.

E-book readers generally use e-ink technology on high-contrast black-and-white displays which many readers find to be easier on the eyes for long reading sessions. Screen sizes of 5 to 10 inches, free 3G e-book store access, and prices under $200. are typical for e-readers such as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. A new category of  inexpensive Android tablets being marketed as e-book readers include some or all of the functions of a traditional e-book reader, but can be used for other activities, such as Web browsing, e-mail, and video playback.



CIT provides one-on-one training, group workshops, and training designed to meet specific needs of different departments to help faculty and staff integrate technology into their teaching and working environments. For training on iPad and tablets, please contact Tim Lord, iPad Trainer, at 572-8130 or tlord3288@westfield.ma.edu.

CIT also hosts periodic meetings for an iPad User group, for more information please go to the CIT CALENDAR on the right sidebar of this page.



Additional Resources:

I Education Apps Review

how stuff works – iPad vs Android tablets

Doceri – control your presentation with your iPad

Splashtop – access your computer from another device

Educause – 7 Things you should know about iPads for education