Having arrived at the centre for AT2Ed at the University of Tokyo RCAST I immediately learnt about the Thursday morning meetings to discuss the latest technologies that are available. It appears from the team’s blog (translation best viewed in Internet Explorer!) that the Ipad is the recent talking point. This was borne out on Tuesday evening when it was time to explore Shibuya and discover the true meaning of a weak pound! (It is expensive here at the moment!)
Rumi Hirabayashi (taking a PhD in dysgraphia and technology) using her iPad guided me around the area as can be seen from the picture. Whilst walking around I learnt more about several apps that helped when translation was lacking!
The Hitsudan Patto app can be used with the iPad positioned between two people to text each other rather like the view you have using a Tony Churchill Lightwriter. However, with the ipad it is possible to draw as well as type.
The next app that Rumi showed me if we could not hear or see eachother in the crowd – it is called iBannerHD – a LED scrolling banner of words or symbols!
But the one I liked the most was iBrainstorm – a free mindmapping app which allows you to move post-its around with links drawn where you like. Text can be written by hand or on the post-it via the keyboard. It is possible to rub out mistakes etc and when complete email the result or save as a picture.
All these apps work on an iphone as well.
Tomorrow we are off to the New Education Expo 2010 in Tokyo for the next batch of new strategies and technologies!
Just leave messages on the office door via the BoogieBoard!