7 Things You Should Know About…(review)

I read, “7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps For Learning “ from the Educause Learning Initative.

I found the format and content of the article useful and valuable for the following reasons:

-It begins with a “Scenario” that reveals a ‘tangible’ example of how an ET can be used for someone who may be unfamiliar with it.
-The article is broken down into sections that answer typical questions people would have, for example “Why is it significant?” and “What are the implications for teaching and learning?”
-Each section is short and concise, with very little technical jargon.
-Most sections included an example to further demonstrate their point
-Important sentences are highlighted in bold.


The writing style felt like an advertisement. I felt I was being convinced to support and buy an iPad. So, I was glad to read section 5, “What are the Downsides?” which did provide more balance to the article.

Final thoughts:

I would read Educause again if I wanted a quick overview of what the experts are thinking on a particular ET. It’s short and to the point. The Q & A format allows for a more direct transfer of information, rather than a general overview. However, similar to Wikipedia, I would surely need to do further reading to really understand the wide potential an ET can have. It’s a starting point, not an end point.

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