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iPad 2 vs the New iPad: Storage

24 May

Our school district is deciding what iPad we are going to make available for students in our 600 student iPad pilot program next year.  The differences between the iPad 2 and the New iPad are fairly well documented across the web but most articles focus on the pixels of the screen, the resolution of the camera, the speed of the processor, size of the battery and amount of storage.  I have yet to see an article that explores the direct impact on storage that all of these changes have caused on the new iPad.

I loaded an iPad 2 and the New iPad with the exact same apps which are listed below.  (These Apps are going to be the core apps that every student in the pilot will be given)  What I wanted to look at was how Apps, Video and Images effect storage on the 16GB iPad 2 and the 16GB New iPad.


Remarks, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, WebDAV, QRafter, Voice recorder for iPad, iBooks, Quick Graph, pCalc Lite Calculator, Response Ware, My School: Gale Reference App, Coach’s Eye, DocScan HD, Skitch, GoDocs, Explain Everything, DropBox, Animation Creator HD

I wanted to make sure all the apps were the same so my research into file size and storage space was as controlled as possible.  After downloading all of the same applications I completed a few actions to test file size and storage.

On each iPad I did the following:

  1. Took 60 photos
  2. Took a 1 minute video with each iPad
  3. Took a 5 minute video  with each iPad
  4. Created a 5 slide Keynote with pictures taken with the iPad’s camera
  5. Created a pages document with one picture taken with the iPad’s camera
  6. Created a two minute movie in iMovie using the pictures and image from the iPad’s camera.
Below you can see the results on the storage space taken up by just a few small projects.  Imagine what the impact might look like if students had multiple video projects, paper assignments and keynote presentations.
iPad 2:  7.9 GB of storage left after the above tasks.
iPad 3:   6.8 GB of storage left after the above tasks.
As you can see the iPad 2 has more the a GB of more storage left after just this small amount of work.
(Click the pictures for larger images)

Additional information about file Size

iPad 2 The New iPad
Screen Shot File Size 179 KB 510KB
Photo File Size 228 KB 2MB

What is interesting about that is you can take and store 10 photos on the iPad 2 for every one on the New iPad.

We are not sure what direction we are going to go but it certainly seems like if you are going to go with the 16GB iPad…………you might want to choose the iPad 2 because the file size of the New iPad might become an issue.

Student Note Taking App: Remarks

14 May

In my anatomy and physioloy class we have been using the iOS app GoodReader as our hub for learning.  (See Post)  GoodReader is a pretty good app that allows students and teacher to accomplish a lot however it has a few limitations.

  1. Handwriting on a PDF document you have to hit save to keep your inking it does not automatically save as you write.  This becomes a bigger deal when you want to change colors because you have to hit save and then reopen the writing tool, change the color and then begin writing.
  2. No eraser.  If you hand write a lot of notes and then realize you made a mistake at the top of the page you can’t just erase the mistake you have to delete the entire section.
  3. Although you can synch folders and files to remote serves it does not do it automatically.  You have to hit the sync button.  For students and teachers this can create problems with creating multiple files particulary if students don’t always remember to sync.

A new application on the iOS app store is called Remarks is going to be our replacement for GoodReader.  The following is a list of reasons that we are going to be choosing to use Remarks as our note taking/PDF annotation app.

  1. Very simple interface
  2. Great handwriting engine that is smooth and easy to use
  3. Changes to pen color and text color can be done on the fly without saving and reopening your inking tools.
  4. Images can be imported from the camera roll or even taken by the camera from within the app. These images can then be placed within a PDF or in a new note.
  5. Students can not only annotate PDFs but create new blank notes with one of 9 choices for paper.
  6. Links within PDFs still work!  This allows teachers to keep active links in their documents they distribute to students.  (Links to Google form quizzes, websites or videos)
  7. Create folders and sub folders for classes. This will allow for better student organization.
  8. Connects with WebDAV and Dropbox
  9. Syncing documents and folders to WebDAV of Dropbox is easy to create and they update every time you leave the document.  There is no need to go and hit a sync button.  This will allow students and teachers to share documents and turn in work without creating multiple copies of a file.
With all of these new features Remarks will become or one stop shop for note taking and PDF annotating!
Watch one of these movies to get more information about how Remarks works!
The PDF processing engine is a little slow right now but they have assured it will get better with an update soon!

Students use iWork apps to produce more comprehensive lab reports

4 May

Creating More Comprehensive Student Lab Reports:

As we began looking at ways to incorporate the iPad into our science class we were not always looking to completely flip our already successful curriculum on its head, but rather ways we could enhance particular areas.  One way we did this was to have our students use the iWork apps to create media rich laboratory reports.  Having students create their lab repots within the Pages application allows them to incorporate both still images and videos directly into their reports allowing them to capture a greater picture of their learning then a typical printed version.

What we did:

  1. Created and distributed via Dropbox or WebDave a template lab created in Pages.  This template has a number of useful information.
    1. Directions for the lab are at the student finger tips
    2. We recorded video directions for some of our labs where students needed to see how to do something.
    3. Students could read the directions, answer pre-lab questions and watch the instructional videos before coming to class.  This saved precious class time needed to complete the lab and insured students had the necessary information before starting the lab.
    4. By creating a template for students to download and use we provided the overall layout of the lab including  prelab questions,  step by step instructions to complete the lab, analysis questions and predesignated areas for them to import images, videos, tables and graphs.
  2. Used the Numbers app to create a drop down menu template for students to use in our digestion and cardiovascular labs.  By creating a table with columns that have set choices in a drop down menu our students had to create a comprehensive table of biomolecules digested, the location of digestion, enzyme responsible for digestion and the products of that digestion.   (See images below)

What the Students Did:

  1. Students captured images and imported them into the free app called Skitch that allows them to label and annotate  their images before importing them into their lab report in Pages.
  2. Students used the Numbers template to fill in information about the enzymes involved in digestion
  3. Students captured video to record certain stations in the lab.
  4. Answered pre and post lab analysis questions
  5. Submitted their lab via WebDAV to our local network folder.  (If you don’t have WebDAV and you are using Dropbox you can use the website to link the iWork apps to dropbox.

Student Example of Submitted Work

Mobile2012 Conference Keynote Slides

1 May

Link to ARIS presentation given at Mobile2012:

Link to iPads in the classroom presentation given at Mobile 2012: