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The iPad Mini Has Arrived

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by We Inspire Futures Team

This afternoon, the long awaited iPad Mini was confirmed after months (years?) of speculation about its existence.  The iPad Mini is poised to ramp up 1:1 and BYOD implementation across the country. With a smaller price tag, more schools will be able to adopt the devices. They are more portable, and the updated iBooks platform should be more user friendly with new features such as continuous scrolling pages.

Below we’ve summarized the most important points from the announcement this afternoon in regards to education.

 

 

 

  • 7.9 inch display (the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD both have 7 inch displays)
  • 7.2mm thin (the thickness of a pencil)
  • 1024 x 768 resolution – same as iPad 2
  • A5 chip
  • Starts at $329 for 16GB, up to $659.  In comparison, the New iPad (iPad 4) which will cost between $499-$829
  • Optional LTE
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • Pre-orders begin on Friday.

See the side-by-side comparison of the new iPad Mini with the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD here.

 

How could you use the iPad Mini in your classroom? Do you think this is a wise purchase for schools? If you already have iPad in your classroom, how does this tools enhance your students’ learning process?

 


What technology tools are you using regularly in your classroom?

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  • http://corriganeducation.ca Kathleen Corrigan

    The mini IPad gives a wonderful new option for classrooms. I like tablets in primary classrooms because the point/touch modality makes much more sense for young children than does the cause and effect of a mouse and pointer. However, despite the wonderful price and accessibility of the IPad mini, I wonder if the screen size (and hence the text size and image size) will work well for our youngest learners. I also wonder if they will too easily get lost under that pile of writing journals, the math manipulatives, or the dolls in the cradle! Still, if someone wants to give them to the class, I am sure we would be happy to try them out. :-)