Bremer TAFE IT Services manager Garth O’Mara and marketing co-ordinator Stacey Thomsen with the new iPads used as teaching tools at the TAFE.
Bremer TAFE IT Services manager Garth O’Mara and marketing co-ordinator Stacey Thomsen with the new iPads used as teaching tools at the TAFE. David Nielsen

Students to get iPads

THE iPad revolution is alive in Ipswich, with the much talked about device now being used as a formal education tool.

Bremer TAFE will introduce personal Apple iPads for graphic design students in 2011.

The lightweight tablet computers are smaller than an A4 pad and can be loaded with various applications such as media players and graphic design software.

Bremer recently completed a successful trial using a number of the devices among 20 students and will roll out a full-sized program when classes begin next year.

Bremer TAFE Graphic Design Teacher Steve Hamer said the iPads would revolutionise the way he taught his students, opening up countless new possibilities for delivering education.

“Among the most exciting prospects is the remote desktop function, which allows me to link all the iPads to one particular device,” he said.

“If someone is having a problem, I can go through the solution while everyone watches on their own device.”

Mr Hamer said the iPads would also benefit students who missed classes through illness or other commitments.

“We’ll be able to stream video tutorials, enabling students to catch up on missed work in their own time,” he said.

“Students will also have fresh, new ways of accessing contacts, tables and other online resources.

“Combined with the new Bundamba wireless internet network, students will no longer be confined to working behind their desk.”

Mr Hamer said the iPads were part of a broader plan from the school to reflect contemporary industry standards in the TAFE environment.

Rise of the machines

MORE than 7.5 million iPads had been sold worldwide at the end of September.

THE iPad is primarily used for accessing the internet, reading electronic books and documents and using the computer’s unique apps.

THE number one selling iPad app for 2010 was Pages, a word processing program similar to Microsoft Word.

THE iPad is being credited as the reason computer hardware is the strongest seller this Christmas.



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